It's not really a surprise that the readers, editors and consultants of Tennis Break News voted overwhelmingly for the 19 year old Italian boy. Jannik Sinner thus succeeds Stefanos Tsitsipas with dignity and without question. Like the Greek before him, Sinner won the NextGen tournament in Milan last December and confirmed his full potential and the hopes placed in him for the 2020 season, which has been cut in half.
In a remarkable season, Jannik Sinner won his first ATP title in Sofia at the last tournament of the season. Earlier, he had scored his first win against a top 10 finish in Rotterdam against David Goffin. He was also very comfortable on clay, winning a landmark victory over Tsitsipas in Rome and was the most convincing opponent against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in his first Grand Slam quarter-final. If the 2020 season had not been cut short, he certainly could have finished much higher than his current 37th place in the world. The Italian was ahead of Denis Shapovalov who partly confirmed his excellent end of the 2019 season. The Canadian shone in particular at the US Open (quarter-final) and in Rome (semi-final) but he also showed a lot of irregularity with 50% of defeats in matches where he was nevertheless very much the favourite (rating below 1.30). Another Canadian makes his way onto the podium in the 2020 season's top youth standings. Placed second last season, Felix Auger-Aliassime confirmed his immense potential by moving into the world's top 20. With three new finals on the ATP circuit, he showed that the indoor hard court was his best surface. His defeat to Nishioka in the first round of Roland Garros will still remain the biggest disappointment of his season. In the satisfaction column, he will be able to draw many positive lessons from his two defeats against Rublev in Adelaide and Thiem at the US Open. Two lost matches but in the intensity, he really raised his level of play against these two top players of the circuit. With 5 defeats in 5 matches against the top 10, he confirmed his difficulties to beat the very best (2 wins in 15 career matches).
Alejandro Davidovich entered the top 100 at the end of last season. The Spaniard continued his progression by moving closer to the top 50 with hard court performances, proving his versatility and talent. Now it is on clay that he will be expected to take another step towards the top 20. His match against Zverev in Cologne (defeat 7-5, 7-6) showed that he can compete with the best on the circuit.
Totally unknown to the general public, Lorenzi Musetti struck a major media coup by taking on Stan Wawrinka in Rome. A victory confirmed afterwards with a title in challenger and a semi-final in Sardinia. At only 18 years old, the Italian is one of the revelations of the season and amply deserves his 5th place. With three Challenger titles won at just 17 years of age, Carlos Alcaraz proved once again that his precociousness was exceptional. For the time being, he is quietly continuing his progress. He won his first victory on the ATP circuit in Rio against Ramos. However, he disappointed at Roland Garros where he failed to make it through the first round of qualifying. If the ATP ranking had only taken into account the points taken in 2020. he would be 70th in the world. He should very quickly enter officially in the top 100. And don't imagine that this young Spaniard is just a pure earthling. His two ITF titles on hard court at the beginning of the season prove the opposite... Finalist in Antwerp and quarter-finalist at the US Open, Alex De Minaur confirmed that he is one of the best youngsters of his generation. In 2021 he should do better than his best ranking in his career (18th in January 2020). Miomir Kecmanovic won his first ATP tournament in 2020 but on clay, a surface that hadn't suited him very well until then. The former world junior number one obviously deserves his place in this ranking. Seyboth Wild also won his first ATP title in 2020 in Santiago. The Brazilian has enormous potential, but his results are only on clay, which he will have to correct if he wants to continue his progress and break through the rankings. Officially, he hasn't yet made it into the top 100, but he has the potential to do so. Finally, it is certainly his exceptional performance in Doha that earned him a place in the rankings just ahead of Hugo Gaston, who made his mark at Roland Garros against Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem. Corentin Moutet had hit him hard from the start of the season by dominating Sandgren, Raonic, Wawrinka and Verdasco in Qatar on a surface that did not give him an advantage. Less successful for the rest of the season, he will be expected in 2021. His potential is there.
Details of the votes (players born from 1999 onwards) :
- Jannik Sinner : 287 votes
- Denis Shapovalov : 184 votes
- Felix Auger-Aliassime : 115 votes
- Alejandro Davidovich Fokina : 108 votes
- Lorenzo Musetti : 82 votes
- Carlos Alcaraz : 75 votes
- Alex De Minaur : 68 votes
- Miomir Kecmanovic : 25 votes
- Thiago Seyboth Wild : 23 votes
- Corentin Moutet : 17 votes
Other players mentioned : Gaston, Nakashima, Ruusuvuori, Korda, Rodionov
Reminder of the 2019 ranking (born in 1998)
Other players mentioned : Hoang, Davidovich, Ymer, Ruusuvuori, Forejtek
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