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Zaragoza
02-19-2007, 04:52 AM
What do you think? I always enjoyed watching Cañas and I´m impressed with his successful comeback. It´s true he didn´t beat any top players yet but his comeback is being impressive so far. Rome and Montecarlo will be a real test for him but he will probably need to play qualies there.
I remember his QF match against Puerta at the 2005 FO, it was a 5 sets match that could go either way and later Puerta reached the final and had set point to force Nadal to a 5th set.
The main problem for Cañas is his ranking is still too low so his draw at the FO is too uncertain but if he meets the seeded hardcourters in the earlier rounds he has a good chance to progress and reach at least the QF. But do you think he is going to be a threat to Nadal and Federer at the FO, maybe not to get the title but to beat them?

sebastiange
02-19-2007, 06:32 AM
He ran over Ferrero last Sunday, and heīs now ranked 67th. Won 8 challengers and an ATP tournament without loosing a set.

I think this guy is really serious... specially after being proved he was not guilty, he is totally on fire.

Iīm happy for him.

PS: love to watch him against Nadal....

jamumafa
02-19-2007, 06:36 AM
Man, I love Canas, But I think Nadal would roll him on clay. Canas just retrieves (From what I've seen.) And Nadal would just run him around the court

capriatifanatic
02-19-2007, 06:51 AM
This guy would get slaughtered by Nadal or Federer on any surface, except maybe Nadal on hard courts.

Heavy Metal Tennis Star
02-19-2007, 08:12 AM
WHO KNOWS, the french open is still far away, i dont know if he will be a threat, but i wont be surpirsed if willy roid free makes it past the quarters.

MoFed
02-19-2007, 08:39 AM
I think it's too early to say whether he's a threat or not. I love JCF, but he is no Federer or Nadal.

jktennis59
02-19-2007, 11:48 AM
Cañas plays like Nalbandian: he's a retriever. He is a fighter and always gives 110% but that's not enough to beat Federer or Nadal.

Andres
02-19-2007, 12:02 PM
Man, I love Canas, But I think Nadal would roll him on clay. Canas just retrieves (From what I've seen.) And Nadal would just run him around the court
He's mainly a retriever... but a retriever with a biiig forehand, and a huge ON THE RUN game. And he takes the backhand on the rise ALL THE TIME, so Nadal's spin wouldn't bother so much.

Nadal won his previous meeting, but I have faith in Willy.
Winning the FO? Nah, don't see it happening though. A QF could be nice.

NamRanger
02-19-2007, 03:16 PM
Probably would lose, but he's no push over compared to most top players.

jktennis59
02-19-2007, 05:22 PM
Caņas has a huge heart so he could be hard to Federer and Nadal, but right now he's not at that level.
He is not as talented as Gaudio but has the desire and the balls.
Semis at Roland Garros would be a great result. He will win a lot of points in the claycout circuit: Montecarlo, Rome, Hamburg, etc.
Top 20 at the end of the year is my prediction.

diegaa
02-19-2007, 06:24 PM
Caņas has a huge heart so he could be hard to Federer and Nadal, but right now he's not at that level.
He is not as talented as Gaudio but has the desire and the balls.
Semis at Roland Garros would be a great result. He will win a lot of points in the claycout circuit: Montecarlo, Rome, Hamburg, etc.
Top 20 at the end of the year is my prediction.

agreed. he said that heīs actually aiming for the top 20 at the end of the year. i think itīs too early to say, but by the way he played his 2 DC matches on hard court and what have shown on clay the last months, he is well capable to become a real threat for the top guys (excluding Fed, naturally).

Boja
02-19-2007, 07:00 PM
Cañas used to be my favorite player before he got suspended. But don't get me wrong, he is still one of my favorites, I just didn't get to see him play for a couple of years and I hope he can continue to climb the rankings.

I answered yes to the poll question, but realistically I doubt he could compete against the top 2 at the French. But I'd love to see him make the semis in his first time back.

SER
02-19-2007, 07:49 PM
I almost made this thread.


He's going to be a serious contender at the French.

MonkeyPox
02-20-2007, 04:19 PM
I think he is having an easier time at tournies with no real press attention. Wait until he is at a major with press conferences and he has to go through the whole steroid incident a million times. He will be mentally wrecked by the second round.

127mph
02-20-2007, 04:27 PM
Martin Verkerk!!!

Andres
02-20-2007, 04:37 PM
I think he is having an easier time at tournies with no real press attention. Wait until he is at a major with press conferences and he has to go through the whole steroid incident a million times. He will be mentally wrecked by the second round.
I don't see him being mentally weak. He's more like Hewitt, in that regard, IMO.

th____44
02-20-2007, 04:55 PM
maybe with some drugs he have a chance.... ;)
just like puerta....

The Gorilla
02-20-2007, 05:03 PM
Speaking of which, isn't Puerta due back soon?

Andres
02-20-2007, 05:18 PM
Speaking of which, isn't Puerta due back soon?
July, I believe :p

psamp14
02-20-2007, 09:34 PM
the guy is just making his way back onto the tour after being banned for substance abuse...thats the nice way of saying it....he took steroids or illegal supplements

my answer is simple: umm...no

Alejandro D
02-21-2007, 07:00 PM
He's a serious contender for RG, but he might get injured if he goes on playing week after week without taking a rest. After all he's turning 30 this year.

javier sergio
02-21-2007, 07:02 PM
What do you think? I always enjoyed watching Cañas and I´m impressed with his successful comeback. It´s true he didn´t beat any top players yet but his comeback is being impressive so far. Rome and Montecarlo will be a real test for him but he will probably need to play qualies there.
I remember his QF match against Puerta at the 2005 FO, it was a 5 sets match that could go either way and later Puerta reached the final and had set point to force Nadal to a 5th set.
The main problem for Cañas is his ranking is still too low so his draw at the FO is too uncertain but if he meets the seeded hardcourters in the earlier rounds he has a good chance to progress and reach at least the QF. But do you think he is going to be a threat to Nadal and Federer at the FO, maybe not to get the title but to beat them?


at least He is a threat at the gym;

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Zaragoza
03-11-2007, 07:33 PM
I asked this a few weeks ago. Itīs not that Caņas is going to win the FO after this but do you think now that he is a real threat to Nadal and Fed at the FO? He is supposed to play better on clay than on hardcourts...