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The future of tennis is looking bright

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In what has been a pretty dramatic Wimbledon year I wonder if, after the competition has finished, we will be looking back at the start of a new era of dominant young players.

It might seem a touch fanciful on the men's side when we have two old hands in Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic contesting the final.

The next generation

But Grigor Dimitrov gave Djokovoc a mighty hard game and Federer surely can't go on forever, can he?

When you also consider Rafael Nadal's and Andy Murray's weak exits and the strides the likes of Stanislas Warwrinka, Dimitrov and Milos Raonic have made - plus the fact that the sensational Nick Kyrgios was only a wild-card qualifier, remember that was how John McEnroe and Boris Becker started, and a revolution of younger players does look on the cards.

Warwrinka has been around a while and still seems to live very much in the shadow of Roger Federer but he has won a Grand Slam and looks capable of competing for more.

He has made significant strides since appointing Magnus Norman as his coach and, despite the setback against Federer at Wimbledon, still looks a dangerous opponent.

Dimitrov has threatened to burst into the spotlight for some time but this championship has certainly seen him fulfilling some of the undoubted potential.

He demolished Andy Murray, hardly giving him any sort of chance with an almost error-free performance. He took Novak Djokovoc all the way in their semi and the Serb is in as good shape as anyone at the moment.

Raonic wasn't even ranked in the top 100 just over three years ago but has consistently set and broken records for Canadian men's tennis since then.

He hasn't got to a Grand Slam final yet but he is climbing the ladder quickly and reaching a Wimbledon semi is his best performance to date following hard on the heels of a quarter final appearance at Roland Garros .

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New rankings

Raonic will be at six and Dimitrov at nine when the next rankings are announced. Andy Murray will be behind both of them at 11.

But we are still looking at a Djokovoc/Federer final. The Serb has looked imperious en route to the final and Federer seems to have found the elixir of youth, moving and playing better now than for some years. How much longer will they, and Nadal, dominate? It will make interesting viewing.

New girls on the block

In the women's game we might have already arrived at that new era. Eugenie Bouchard, 20 years old and seeded 13, only won the junior title here two years ago and now here she is contesting the women's final with siixth seed Petra Kvitova, only 24 herself.

Just two of the top eight seeds reached the quarters here which is remarkable, but better than the French Open where none of the top 3 seeds even made it to the last 16.

Together with beaten semi-finalist Simona Harep (22) and the fast-rising Madison Keys (19) these young women look set to dominate their game for some time to come.

All-conquering Serena Williams hasn't even made the quarter finals of a Grand Slam this year.

Maria Sharapova fell relatively early again and perhaps needs to spend more time on the practice court and less in bikinis if she is going to maintain her position.

While Li Na has just achieved her highest ranking she failed very early in SW19 and, at 32, surely isn't the future of women's tennis.

So look out Wimbledon and the world; Sundays' Men's final notwithstanding - the kids are coming.

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Stanislas Wawrinka
Tennis
Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer
Wimbledon

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