For every Andrey Rublev or Daniil Medvedev that makes a breakthrough in the men’s game at a young age, there are dozens more for whom climbing the rankings might take a little bit more time.
Case in point: their compatriot, Aslan Karatsev.
The 27-year-old Russian started the season ranked outside of the top 100, but a semifinal showing at the Australian Open, along with a deep run in Dubai this past week, has helped him crack the top 40 for the first time after grinding away for more than a decade.
With the first Masters tournament of the year kicking off this week in Miami, there will be plenty of late bloomers among the seeds and potential floaters. Here’s a look at several of the players that pushed through at a later point in their careers, but are still expecting to make more moves forward.