There are a number of new kids. Lots of tawny new sinew and wholesome muscle has made its rise through the trenches of the tour to pose as contenders.
But in men’s tennis it not as to just what Del Porto or Murray achieve, it's more about what they manage to stop Roger Federer from claiming. He is on a different plane when it comes to racquet skill but the legs of Rafael Nadal could hound those deft placements.
Watch out for comeback girls Justine Henin & Kim Clistjers. Grand Slams: Aus — Jan 18-31; French — May 23-June 6; Wim — June 21-July 4; US — Aug 30-Sept 12.