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From the tenor of the most recent debates—the controversy over who is ascending and who is falling in men’s professional tennis goes on and on.  

For the sake of allowing a new perspective to shift through the ATP upper realms, let us assume that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been transported to an alien space ship and whisked off to Pluto where they will be forced to teach Plutonians how to play tennis in their sophisticated subterranean world.

Who would be the next best and greatest player to step up and assume the mantle until we could renegotiate for the safe return of our tennis greats—both of them?  

Think of the pool of players, listed below, aged 26 and younger as pretenders to the crown by examining their head to head success against one another and their past head to head meetings with Nadal/Federer.  

This is how they would be ranked using the established statistical criteria: 


(1) Andy Murray 


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