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Up until the 2011 Wimbledon championships, most of the talk regarding the up-and-coming talent on tour had to do with Milos Raonic, Ryan Harrison or Grigor Dimitrov.
With Raonic we saw a glimpse of major talent, as he plowed through the Australian Open qualifiers and then the first three rounds of the main draw in early 2011. As an encore, he won ATP San Jose and then made the final at ATP Memphis.
With Ryan Harrison, you have an energetic talented player who is inside the top 100 despite being just 19 years old.
Dimitrov has been tipped for the top for a little while now by those in the know, as he enjoyed a distinguished juniors career.
However, the bottom line is that Tomic is younger than Raonic, Harrison and Dimitrov and in the case of the latter two, the Aussie is ranked significantly higher. While Raonic is currently above Tomic in the rankings, that might not last too long as the Canadian has tons of points to defend in the upcoming months.
Look for Tomic to crack the top 25 in 2012 if healthy, a prediction that I think is a little bit conservative. Australian tennis looks safe to have a mainstay in the second week of Slams even in the post-Hewitt era.