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Hominator
12-08-2011, 06:19 AM
Who do you think will have a breakout year (or otherwise stand out) on the ATP Tour in 2012?

My contenders:

1. Andy Murray, if he can get his head on straight,
2. Juan Martin Del Potro, if he can stay healthy, and
3. Viktor Troicki, if his game matures and he continues to get stronger/fitter.

davced1
12-08-2011, 06:22 AM
Raonic will be top ten at the end of the year and reach at least semis at us open. I watched hinm play in Stockholm and he really should have won the tournament, easily the best player there but he blew a big lead vs. Monfils in the QF.

Fate Archer
12-08-2011, 06:29 AM
Logic says Raonic from all upcoming players... I wish Dimitrov would figure his stuff out though.

CDestroyer
12-08-2011, 06:42 AM
Into the top 4? Nobody. Djoko, Nadal, Fed, and Murray have a lock on the top of the pile.

jones101
12-08-2011, 06:45 AM
Delpotro broke through in 2009 by winning USO (08 if you count his four tourney streak).

Murray has been top 4 for 4 years (high as no 2), the only breakthrough he can make is slam/YEC/no 1.

Viktor will have a good year imo, will finish in top 15, but will continue to epiclly choke against Novak.

Tammo
12-08-2011, 06:59 AM
Raonic will probably make the biggest breakthrough. Probably win several small tournaments.

Tomic will get to the finals of Wimbledon.

Harrison might do well, but I haven't heard much from him recently.

Hominator
12-08-2011, 06:59 AM
Delpotro broke through in 2009 by winning USO (08 if you count his four tourney streak).

Murray has been top 4 for 4 years (high as no 2), the only breakthrough he can make is slam/YEC/no 1.

Viktor will have a good year imo, will finish in top 15, but will continue to epiclly choke against Novak.

Yeah, it's odd how often Troicki and Djokovic end up on the same side of the draw. Troicki needs to get out from under Djokovic's shadow.

tusharlovesrafa
12-08-2011, 07:39 AM
Delpotro broke through in 2009 by winning USO (08 if you count his four tourney streak).

Murray has been top 4 for 4 years (high as no 3), the only breakthrough he can make is slam/YEC/no 1.

Viktor will have a good year imo, will finish in top 15, but will continue to epiclly choke against Novak.

corrected it for you...:)

ga tennis
12-08-2011, 07:45 AM
Tsonga.I really think this year he can win one of the four.

Sentinel
12-08-2011, 07:55 AM
Tsonga will make 1 maybe 2 slam finals.

It will be a year full of surprises.

slickerthansleek
12-08-2011, 08:09 AM
Tsonga and Tomic are my 2 players to watch next year.

jones101
12-08-2011, 09:21 AM
corrected it for you...:)

Sorry Tursha but I'm right about Muzza's career high ranking.

Murray has actually been top 2.

He was no 2 for a few weeks in 2009, check his ATP profile out.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Andy-Murray.aspx

Djoker_69
12-08-2011, 02:03 PM
Off the players already at the top i think Berdych and Tsonga will breakthrough, Fish may go down a bit and almargo drop out of top 10

winstonplum
12-08-2011, 02:04 PM
I'm still on the Ryan Harrison train. He loves Indian Wells. I think he might make some semi-final noise there this year.

cc0509
12-08-2011, 04:53 PM
I'm still on the Ryan Harrison train. He loves Indian Wells. I think he might make some semi-final noise there this year.

God I hope not. Can't stand that kid.

For me, I hope Raonic can do something more. Not sure if he can or not, but I hope he can!

cc0509
12-08-2011, 04:56 PM
Tsonga will make 1 maybe 2 slam finals.

It will be a year full of surprises.

Yes, but will he win any slams? I find that hard to foresee right now. He is too inconsistent.

OddJack
12-08-2011, 05:00 PM
The answer you are looking for is Nishikori.

OddJack
12-08-2011, 05:07 PM
Who do you think will have a breakout year (or otherwise stand out) on the ATP Tour in 2012?

My contenders:

1. Andy Murray, if he can get his head on straight,
2. Juan Martin Del Potro, if he can stay healthy, and
3. Viktor Troicki, if his game matures and he continues to get stronger/fitter.

BTW,

Andy Murray and Del Potro cannot be considered "breakout" contenders. They are already up there.

Troicki could be considered a contender, although I dont agree with. Unless he is a late bloomer like Fish. Which I doubt.

Hominator
12-08-2011, 05:14 PM
BTW,

Andy Murray and Del Potro cannot be considered "breakout" contenders. They are already up there.

Troicki could be considered a contender, although I dont agree with. Unless he is a late bloomer like Fish. Which I doubt.

I was thinking breakout like how Djokovic stepped his game up this year. But I agree that it wasn't clear!

OddJack
12-08-2011, 05:26 PM
I was thinking breakout like how Djokovic stepped his game up this year. But I agree that it wasn't clear!

Like Djoko... not gonna happen, not him not any other player, imo.

But Murray in that case makes sense for you to choose.

Delpo, will never win another major.

If you meant someone who would stand out as a most improved then, like I mentioned before, Nishi is good candidate.

ARIARAIDEN
12-08-2011, 05:30 PM
If Nishikori can improve then Top 15

Hominator
12-09-2011, 05:45 AM
I haven't watched Nishikori much. How would you describe his game? From the very limited times I've watched him play, he seemed inconsistent.

Russeljones
12-09-2011, 01:47 PM
I haven't watched Nishikori much. How would you describe his game? From the very limited times I've watched him play, he seemed inconsistent.

Very davidenko-like in my eyes. Busy bee.

Agassi-Fan
12-09-2011, 07:04 PM
I am still hoping gulbis gets his head together and maybe puts some big wins together.

He def has the tools...its just a matter of having a "plan B" for when his big weapons are letting him down.

SirGounder
12-09-2011, 09:09 PM
Well Del Potro could break out again. We haven't really heard too much from him in the slams for a while.

Raonic can make big strides.

I think a breakout year for Tsonga is one in which he is consistently in the semifinals of tournaments, especially at he slams.

Subventricular Zone
12-09-2011, 09:20 PM
Del Pony and Raonic.

Edward DFW
12-09-2011, 09:40 PM
I am still hoping gulbis gets his head together and maybe puts some big wins together.

He def has the tools...its just a matter of having a "plan B" for when his big weapons are letting him down.

At one point I liked Gulbis after watching him lose to Murray in the USO a few years ago before I had ever heard of him. I thought he had a lot of talent but... now that its a few years later he doesn't look any better and I see guys like Dolgopolov and Nishikori who have superior talent and much better results.

Gulbis rarely wins.

Dolgopolov is one of the top 5 most talented guys on tour. His shot selection is improving and if he can stop beating himself he can go far into the top ten. He has enough talent and variety to hang with ANYONE.

I never heard of Nishikori before he beat Dolgopolov but the guy has some serious skills and pretty good variety as well. Fun player to watch.

Anyway... I would like to see Gulbis do well but really... how many big matches has he won? It was cool a few years ago when he could take sets off anyone and blow them off the court during that set but has he gotten much better? I don't even find him that entertaining to watch anymore (not that there are many chances to see him in action these days).

15_ounce
12-09-2011, 10:27 PM
Roger Federer. He'll finally end the grand slam title drought and achieve the RF Super Golden Slam. :mrgreen:

Hominator
12-10-2011, 06:09 AM
Regarding Del Potro, what does he need to improve to seriously challenge the top 4? Is it simply a matter of more match play?

Homeboy Hotel
12-10-2011, 06:12 AM
Del Potro (er, again?) and Tomic will be right behind Ferrer and Tsonga's charge to knocking on the exclusive top 4 club. However, no one else will join them.

passive_aggressive
12-10-2011, 06:15 AM
Troicki?

Why? He'll never be anything other than a solid 2nd-3rd rounder in slams.

Tsonga? Good for one upset, then burns out, unable to carry the momentum?

Murray? Is already declining.

Federer? Old. Besides, has already broken through by virtue of his being the Greatest Of All Time.

Anyone else? Lol, no. No way.

Nadal and Djokovic got 2012's slams in the bag already. They've also got 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the bag. It's a lock.

OddJack
12-10-2011, 06:17 AM
Regarding Del Potro, what does he need to improve to seriously challenge the top 4? Is it simply a matter of more match play?

Del Potro cant do much unfortunately. He still has pain in his right arm where he did surgery. He is good talent, smart and a very likable guy. We never saw him insult umpires or players or the crowd ( compare him with a much older Roddick)

DelPo became the tallest ever to win a major tournament. What does that tell you? That tall players dont last long, not in course of major nor in their careers.
Delpo simply does not have the prime anatomy to do much more of what he has already done. And it can only get worse as he puts more miles on.

davced1
12-10-2011, 09:32 AM
Nadal and Djokovic got 2012's slams in the bag already. They've also got 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the bag. It's a lock.

That's a very bold statement to make as Del Potro sort of came out of the blue and won the US Open. Why wouldn't something similar happen again?

davced1
12-10-2011, 09:34 AM
God I hope not. Can't stand that kid.

For me, I hope Raonic can do something more. Not sure if he can or not, but I hope he can!

Of course he can, he is a CANadian isn't he?

vegasgt3
12-10-2011, 10:00 PM
Isner for sure

SirGounder
12-10-2011, 10:53 PM
What about Dolgopolov? He has random brain farts but he is still young. If he can get his head together he can do quite well with his game.

vive le beau jeu !
12-11-2011, 04:03 AM
i'm still a faithful baghdatist. ;)

Sentinel
12-11-2011, 04:11 AM
i'm still a faithful baghdatist. ;)
Still crazy about Gilles Simon after all these years :D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bkXgxb66E

slice bh compliment
12-11-2011, 04:17 AM
Hahahah, I think I've been Simonrolled. SimonSaid.

i'm still a faithful baghdatist. ;)

Amen.

Just a ray of hope for all practicing Baghdatists. Click on this and go to Baghdatis Training (right side of page, first column, second vid down).
http://www.tftennis.com/news-events/tecnifibre-international-news/

kiki
12-11-2011, 04:23 AM
Jimmy Connors may return to the ATP tour...

beast of mallorca
12-11-2011, 09:24 AM
Tipsarevic and Isner will reach a GS semis at least. That should count as a breakthrough.
Nishikori reaching top 10-15 as well.

sureshs
12-11-2011, 09:52 AM
Young will win a Slam

tusharlovesrafa
12-11-2011, 09:38 PM
Young will win a Slam

Murray will win a slam too.

Gorecki
12-12-2011, 07:23 AM
a "Mazor" break through is about to happen when Chucruteloveswaffles gets the third thread wiped out!!!!

celoft
12-12-2011, 07:58 AM
Murray???????

CDestroyer
12-12-2011, 08:08 AM
Troicki?

Why? He'll never be anything other than a solid 2nd-3rd rounder in slams.

Tsonga? Good for one upset, then burns out, unable to carry the momentum?

Murray? Is already declining.

Federer? Old. Besides, has already broken through by virtue of his being the Greatest Of All Time.

Anyone else? Lol, no. No way.

Nadal and Djokovic got 2012's slams in the bag already. They've also got 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the bag. It's a lock.

The only thing thats a lock is on your account here.

celoft
12-12-2011, 08:20 AM
If the rumors of Nadal and Djokovic getting married in 2012 are true, we might see more than 1 breakthrough next year for sure.

slice bh compliment
12-12-2011, 09:31 AM
If the rumors of Nadal and Djokovic getting married in 2012 are true, we might see more than 1 breakthrough next year for sure.

Wow, I didn't even know they were dating eachother!

Hominator
12-12-2011, 01:56 PM
If Djokovic and Nadal fall off slightly from this past year, Murray is in prime position to have a breakout year, I think. He's got the game to beat the top players, but he's got to get a lot mentally tougher. His mental game reminds me of a junior player. If he can fix that, I think he wins his first slam next year and several Masters events.

Sentinel
12-13-2011, 04:46 AM
Wow, I didn't even know they were dating eachother!
LMAO.

Nadal dates everyone on tour. He's the alpha-male. Did you not see how he fondled Rogi Goat at the AO 2009 , or all the countless pics of him with Murray, Verdy, and others. He can marry whomever he wants.

slice bh compliment
12-13-2011, 04:58 AM
^hahah, and Juan Monaco. Too much. Gives new meaning to the expression, 'vamos Rafa!'^

EDIT:
Oh, and on topic, during this slow time of year, lots of tennis scribes are making their predictions. Lots of love for Muzzer and Tsonga.
Allez Jo! I feel he's ready to put together a slam run in Oz and at Wimbledon. Maybe semis at RG like Monfils did a couple of yrs ago.
I'm also bullish on Dolgopolov. I see Baghdatis as a dark horse in all 4 slams.

beast of mallorca
12-13-2011, 08:06 AM
^hahah, and Juan Monaco. Too much. Gives new meaning to the expression, 'vamos Rafa!'^

EDIT:
Oh, and on topic, during this slow time of year, lots of tennis scribes are making their predictions. Lots of love for Muzzer and Tsonga.
Allez Jo! I feel he's ready to put together a slam run in Oz and at Wimbledon. Maybe semis at RG like Monfils did a couple of yrs ago.
I'm also bullish on Dolgopolov. I see Baghdatis as a dark horse in all 4 slams.

Whatever happened to him ? He's like Verdasco and Cilic. One big flare then gone.

slice bh compliment
12-13-2011, 11:06 AM
Yeah, every now and then, he plays great and doesn't get hurt. Then he gets hit with a boring, bad matchup and he plays like crap again for a month or two.

Anyone see the training video of him in Cyprus? It's on the Tecnifibre site. So inspiring. Pame Marko!

adamX012
12-13-2011, 06:19 PM
Who do you think will have a breakout year (or otherwise stand out) on the ATP Tour in 2012?

My contenders:

1. Andy Murray, if he can get his head on straight,
2. Juan Martin Del Potro, if he can stay healthy, and
3. Viktor Troicki, if his game matures and he continues to get stronger/fitter.

Hey OP, who is Viktor Troicki? any information for him? thanks.

Hominator
12-14-2011, 08:25 AM
Hey OP, who is Viktor Troicki? any information for him? thanks.

Here's his profile from the ATP Tour:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Viktor-Troicki.aspx

davced1
12-14-2011, 02:33 PM
Troicki? No way, he is a very ordinary player and turns 25 in february.

davced1
12-14-2011, 02:35 PM
Troicki? No way, he is a very ordinary player and turns 25 in february.

He actually turns 26, I am bad at math.

celoft
12-14-2011, 03:46 PM
Wow, I didn't even know they were dating eachother!

:lol: .....................................

Bobby Jr
12-14-2011, 04:24 PM
Dolgopolov is one of the top 5 most talented guys on tour. His shot selection is improving and if he can stop beating himself he can go far into the top ten. He has enough talent and variety to hang with ANYONE.
Good call here.. I pray he isn't another Rios type mega-talent with a knack for shooting himself in the foot.

I never heard of Nishikori before he beat Dolgopolov but the guy has some serious skills and pretty good variety as well. Fun player to watch.
fun for sure, but seeing his track-record of shot-choices/strategy over the past 18 months he's got a long, long way to go before he's in the league of any current top ten player. I doubt he'll ever be a long-term top 10 dweller unless he matures more mentally.

1970CRBase
12-14-2011, 04:55 PM
^^^ Dolgo has the talent and hunger but feel he lacks the absolute top gear of raw power.

dlk
12-14-2011, 05:00 PM
Dare I say it? Gulbis.........