Gilles Simon didn’t make it easy for Roger Federer, taking the Australian Open 2010 champions through a five setter which the Swiss master eventually took over, winning 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 and advances to the third round. More
Besides Novak Djokovic winning the Australian Open in 2008, it seems the Slams in the past few years have belonged almost completely to Roger Federer and, more and more, Rafael Nadal—but not much besides those two.
Federer’s decline seems much more obvious this year, while Nadal, although winning three out of the last four grand slams, seems beatable off the clay, if he’s played correctly. Things seem a bit more open, and more players can join the chase for the big titles, even those who haven’t won one in their career.
Here’s my list of the best six players today without a Slam title and their future chances of winning one. More