Dominic Thiem (Austria)
With his singlehanded backhand, Austria’s Dominic Thiem boasts one of the best shots in men’s tennis, and another impressive clay court season saw him emerge as the only person to beat Nadal on his beloved red dust this year. En route to the French Open semifinals for a second straight year, Thiem destroyed Djokovic, winning the third set 6-0 in 20 minutes, to further underline his growing stature in the game. Questions remain, however, as to whether the clay court
specialist, who often stands deep behind the baseline to receive serve, can adapt to the slick lawns at SW19, where he has never gone past the second round.
Age 23, ranked 8
most extraordinary upsets in the tournament’s modern history. Since then, however, his progress seems to have stuttered amid criticism of his attitude, behaviour and commitment. He faced accusations of tanking at Wimbledon in 2015 in a fourth round loss to Richard Gasquet, while his defeat to Andy Murray 12 months ago prompted John McEnroe to criticise his temperament.