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Tomic is not only the youngest player in our list, but the one who has had the most success in a Grand Slam. The 18-year-old worked his way through qualifying at Wimbledon and scored outstanding wins against Nikolay Davydenko, Robin Soderling and Xavier Malisse before he lost in the quarterfinals to Novak Djokovic.
Those who have watched Tomic’s short career were probably not surprised by the Australian’s run in Wimbledon.
Despite being eliminated in the second round of qualifying at the 2008 Australian Open, he prevailed in the junior division, winning the first of his two junior Grand Slam titles.
At this year’s Australian Open, he won his first match against a top 40 player when he took down Feliciano Lopez in straight sets to make the third round.
In 2010, Tomic gave the then No. 14 Marin Cilic all he could handle in the second round, but he wasn’t able to capitalize on a 2-1 set lead.
He started 2011 ranked No. 209, and with his Wimbledon quarterfinal, as well as solid results on the challenger level, his ranking has shot up to No. 73, making him the top-ranked Australian.
Although he’s 6'4" tall, Tomic plays a more cerebral style of tennis, and uses his power only when he has to.
“Look, the way I play, I catch a lot of guys out with not a lot of power. My strengths are, you know, I can find players' weaknesses really quickly. That's what I've always been good at when I was young,” Tomic told AustralianOpen.com.
“I can hit the ball hard, but I don't do it a lot of the time. That's sort the not my game, playing hard. But, you know, I like to play against players, make 'em miss sort of thing."
Like Dimitrov, and other players on this list, Tomic could gain a considerable number of ranking points because he didn’t play in any of the North American hard court tournaments last year.