The gap between the big four in men’s tennis could hardly be much closer with the start of the new season just weeks away.
Andy Murray will take the belief gained from his first Grand Slam triumph into 2013, while Novak Djokovic can boast five major titles and the number one ranking.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have 28 crowns between them but age and injuries, respectively, have brought them back into the pack.
Of course, the talent of Djokovic and Murray, both 25, has had a say in that as well. Everything is set up for them to dominate the circuit in the coming years.
For now, though, they face a four-way battle for the major prizes in men’s tennis. All of the players are desperate to dominate the tennis betting news from Youwin by tasting success in 2013, for different reasons.
Djokovic is the top ranked player and the man to beat next season. He did not hit the heights of 2011, when he won three of the four Grand Slams and embarked on a 43-match winning run, last season but it was still an impressive year for the Serbian.
Djokovic tasted glory at the Australian Open at the start of 2012 and went on to win titles in Beijing, Shanghai, Toronto and Miami. He will be keen to show why he is the world’s best in 2013.
While the big Serb will be out to retain his number one spot, Murray is determined to knock him off his perch.
Securing a first Grand Slam was a huge step for the Scot and gives him a platform to kick on. He has an excellent chance of making it two at January’s Australian Open. Until he wins a second title, he is threatened with the tag of one-hit wonder.
Federer is arguably the greatest player ever to have played the sport and still has it, as his Wimbledon triumph proved. His motivation is to show tennis fans he can still be a major force at 31.
For Nadal, who has dominated on clay since 2005, featuring in a competitive tournament will feel like a triumph after his injury woes. He will be eager to make all the hard work worthwhile, with a 12th Grand Slam title.
The majors were shared among the big four in 2012, the first time there had been four separate winners in nine years. Next season promises to be another ultra-competitive tour.