Men's tennis has been dominated by the big three for some time now and the question that is continually asked is if any up and coming youngsters that can break the strangle hold that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have had on the game in recent years?
Of the past 27 Grand Slams, these three players have accounted for 26 victories, with only Juan Martin del Potro able to upset the trio when winning the 2009 US Open. A stat that must be daunting for any youngster trying to make a name for himself in the game
It took time for Nadal and more recently Djokovic to overtake Roger Federer, so imagine how difficult it will be for any new emerging talent to overtake those three, particularly when Federer, despite his 16 Grand Slam titles, still seems hungry for more.
Here are five names of male tennis players that are moving in the right direction and have a reason to be optimistic in the 2012 season.