Dimitrov, Raonic pegged as next greats at Rogers Cup

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov reacts to winning a point against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their...

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov reacts to winning a point against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their men's singles semifinal match on day 11 of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI AGENCY

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Grigor Dimitrov. Milos Raonic.

The youngest two players currently inside the ATP World Tour top 10.

Both turned pro in 2008, both reached their first semifinal at a Grand Slam this season (they ultimately lost in the semifinals at Wimbledon, to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, respectively.)

The Bulgarian Dimitrov, age 23, is ranked eighth in the world and is the most successful male player his nation has produced.

Canadian Raonic, fresh off the first ATP tour victory of his season on the weekend, sits at sixth globally and is likewise the best player to ever come out of Canada, in terms of ranking and prize money won.

To many, they represent the future in tennis, both tall, big-hitting baseline players who appear on the cusp of breaking through, or, at the least, are in line to take over down the road when the likes of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Federer begin to fade.

 


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