For those who kept a close eye on the ATP Tour in the past decade or so, not having either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal on the draw of an event of such magnitude is similar to not adding the proper spices on your favorite dish. These teo athletes have been the salt and pepper when it comes to men`s Tennis.

When you are given a strict diet, the doctor may forbid salt for consumption. In the beginning, it may be difficult as the food would not have the same taste, but in time you will get used to it. Same thing applies to these guys. Their absence from the professional tour is a great deal to cope with, but time will heal it.

Federer and Nadal are struggling with injuries

This season was a real test for both players as they experienced huge upsets due to lingering injuries. For Federer, a sharp scheduled season turned into cosmic dust as he suffered a knee injury following his defeat at the Australian Open. Despite reaching the semis at Wimbledon in June, the Swiss star was forced to end his run in order to give himself a chance for the future. At his age, the healing process is more prone to failure.

Crossing borders from Switzerland to Spain, Rafael Nadal was crippled by a wrist injury. The Spaniard showed some signs of improvement once the clay season took off. Two titles in a row, in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, were the proper incentive.

Having started a bid for a 10th title at the French Open, Nadal saw his dream ended by a wrist injury. Later, he made a decent run at the Olympics but failed to reach a medal in singles. Instead, he won gold in men`s doubles - a consolation prize for a poor season.

A chance to keep an eye on others

For an avid fan of Federer or Nadal, to switch your core of interest to another tennis player might not be handy at all.

With Federer and Nadal out of the picture, here comes a chance to watch other players in action. While Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka, Raonic or Nishikori already are in the spotlight, out there, there is some hope for new names willing to make a name for themselves. Dominic Thiem or Nick Kyrgios both are worth a shot.

Coming back to the elite, with no Federer and Nadal, some may find time to watch more Murray, Djokovic, Nishikori or Raonic. They certainly deserve respect for their work ethics, results and skills. And they still have time ahead to enhance their legacy.

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