After so many years of sheer dominance by the top two or three players in the game, it is almost a foregone conclusion that each Grand Slam will be taken home by one of these four men.
But the power relations we’ve grown so used to have shifted in recent years.
Last year, for example, was the first year in more than a decade when each Grand Slam was won by a different player, as Murray broke through to take home his first title.
Today, no one player is considered truly untouchable anymore. Federer is not as young as he once was; Nadal is coming off an injury-riddled season; Djokovic lacks a consistently dominant track record; and Murray has only recently joined the “Big Four.”
So, with so much uncertainty in the top rankings, will another player take advantage and claim his first Grand Slam title?
Here are the five top candidates to do just that.
Please note: This list includes only players who have never won a Grand Slam, so a player like Juan Martin del Potro, although deserving, will not be listed here because he won the 2009 U.S. Open.