Evgeny Korolev

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  1. Blinkism

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    Here's the ATP stats on Evgeny

    Korolev has a great future. He's got a great serve, killer backhand, and a great offensive all-court game. He excels indoors on hardcourts and carpets (on the challenger tour), but is also a competent claycourter.

    He's won 4 challengers on carpet (including 1 this year) and a challenger on clay.

    He was the 2009 ATP Delray Beach finalist (l. to Mardy Fish)

    Recently, Evgeny defeated Jan Hajek, Simone Bolleli, and Jeremy Chardy in Basel before losing to defending Champion and World #1 Roger Federer.

    Notably, he defeated Kunitsyn and Safin in Moscow this year.
    Other notable scalps include
    • Davydenko in Marseille
    • Moya in Barcelona
    • Canas in Houston
    • Bjorkman and Soderling in Rome
    • Gonzalez in Las Vegas
    • Mathieu in Sydney
    • Wawrinka in Halle
    • and Melzer in Zagreb.
    At the slams, Evgeny beat Moya at the Australian Open this year, Soderling at the US Open in 2008, he's taken Berdych to 5 sets in Wimbledon and Gaudio to 5 at the French.

    In 2007 he beat Blake, Del Potro, and Querry all in a row in Las Vegas.

    Korolev clearly has the stuff to compete in the Top 50 of tennis, but I'm going to go out on a limb and predict Korolev in the Top 20 at the end of 2010.

    Anyone else agree about Korolev, or have any other predictions for newcomers to the Top 20 for 2010?
     
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    I agree and have been watching him for a while. Where is he now?
     
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    Apparently he also loves to work out and hits the gym 10 times a week. Thats a good sign. You can never be too fit
     
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  6. Blinkism

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    They do look alike- their games and their apparel

    I've heard this, also. He's very athletic in the sense that he doesn't just play tennis, but he also enjoys basketball, soccer, and surfing in his off-time.

    I have a gut feeling that the early HC season in 2010 will be his chance to make a big impression on the ATP.
     
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    hahaaaa the memories...:rolleyes: one of the most obvious law breaking by tennis officials and yet it got pretty good covered up.:???:

    I think also Evgeny was also youngest atp player to enter the top100?He had impressive results these past years..but this year he seemed to have dissapeared a bit?Has he had any injury problems?I think his knees used to be fragile.His progress doesn't seem to be as fast and amazing as it first seemed.However I still haven't given up hope.

    He's also cousin of Kournikova,no?:)
     
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    He did ok at the tail-end of this season, beating Santoro and Ginepri back-to-back in Bangkok and then beating Kunitsyn and Safin in Moscow. He made the quarters in Basel before losing to Fed, also.

    Thats a solid fall season for a Top 100 player.

    Im not 100% certain on the status of his knees, but having seen him play in the fall, I would say hes doing ok.

    And yes, his cousin is Anna Kournikova. What are the chances?? :)
     
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  9. patty_mnouchkine

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    it's not enough beating a washed up has been like safin,i would like to see him at the bigger tournaments
     
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    Yes, I think so too! But he didn't beat Delpo. I don't know well why he went through the 2nd round. It was something about Delpo retiring against Blake, but still I don't get it.
     
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    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=120999
    what happens in Vegas,stays in Vegas.
     
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    Thanks! I just read the whole thing, it's complicated. So FIRST was Korolev, then Blake and finally Korolev? Anyway, it wouldn't have been fair to Korolev if Blake went through, but it's still no Blake's fault that Delpo retired, so no fair to him either...

    Funny that nobody mentioned that quote by Korolev: "I was off to the club to receive prize money and papers for next tournament. And all of sudden I met del Potro who said, "You are through". "How? What happenned", I asked. He said, "I have breathe problems"."

    Sounds fishy, doesn't it? :razz: Delpo said first that he didn't know the rules, haha...
     
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    the rules were idiotic,but nonetheless rules are rules.
    Anyway,at least it was a relief that this happened so soon from the application and it ended in such a scandal because it lead to immediate abolition of the RR carcinoma.:)
    ah I don't remember the right order,I will have to look again.But I think it was pretty good explained in that thread?

    hehe hadn't noticed that.but could be very well that he found out later.:confused: at that time JMDP was an unknown who used to retire a lot.In fact I was personally more interested in Eygeni.
     
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  14. MichaelChang

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    His coach is himself?
     
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    Maybe a distant top 30 next year at best!! Did not see him play!
     
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    haha, no, it's his father :).


    Of course, but it wouldn't be funny, haha. And the context was: I was following the match via internet and when Blake had led 6-1 1-0 I was off to the club to receive prize money and papers for next tournament. And all of sudden I met del Potro who said, "You are through". "How? What happenned", I asked. He said, "I have breathe problems".
    So it sounds like it was right after the match, before the first change of rules...
     
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    haha who knows though?At THAT time,the biggest scandal of the decade had happened in tennis from the ATP head official non the less,so that little detail matters nothing.Afterall the rule was problematic from the beginning and tennis fans in the forums have been saying this scenario and how unfair it was for MONTHS,before it happened,but it does seem that a mere tennis poster put more thought into this than the organisers themselves.:rolleyes:
     
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    Come on, the guy is older than Del Po and still hasn't accomplished anything.
     
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    because all great players must become goat at 14 years old, right?
     
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    Even Gulbis has accomplished more than Korolev., not to mention Cilic and Del Potro (Generation 88)
     
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    ^I mean Generation 88.
     
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  22. malakas

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    Chang had accomplished more at 18 than Federer.YET look how it turned out.:rolleyes:
     
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    But we're not talking about 18-year-old kids here.

    Korolev is 21 and will soon turn 22. And what has he done?
     
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    Chang had achieved more at 21 than Fed,yet look how it turned out.;)
     
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    Yes, but everyone who is anyone has already accomplished something at the age of 22. Korolev? :neutral:
     
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    just why do you have to call me out twice here?
     
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    Not everyone.Everyone matures at a different age.Some are late bloomers...That's why you see some have their best season at 25-26 or older.

    I don't think anyone was comparing Korolve to DP to begin with.

    I want to date you.
     
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    If you came here to preach the Gospel, please wait while I log out...
     
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    nah you can stick with your husband, the ugliest male tennis player of all time.
     
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    If you're trying to say Korolev is going to start magically winning slams now ala Federer, it aint happening. He could be a top 20 player at best, but after that is stretching it. He'll be lucky to get to 1-2 GS QF in his career.
     
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    are you done? cuz I am about to start...
     
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    I didn't know that ugly also meant sexy in american?:confused: :) interesting.
     
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    I didn't see anyone comparing Korolev to Federer.Fed is only one,and he's the GOAT for a reason-->there are no others like him.
     
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    OK then my mistake...

    I saw him play in that match in 07 vs Blake. He played spectacular tennis. Lights out stuff. Really surprised he hasn't made more noise since then. Not sure if it's mental or just consistency.

    Top 20 is bold for sure. But he has the talent there. If he can develop more consistency, he can definetly make it to that 25-30 range for sure, though top 20 may be pushing it a bit.
     
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    who said he is sexy?
    ah I got it, in Greece, and for your eyes only.
     
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    Korolev has top 20 tools. In the same mold as Kafelnikov, there really are no blatant weaknesses in his game. I was impressed with Korolev when I watched him at the challenger. In my opinion, he looked to have better shot making talent off the forehand than Soderling. Although, I remember Soderling's serve and backhand a notch above Korolev's. The key for Korolev is to dictate with the forehand.
     
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    That's my opinion as well.I haven't been following his carreer so closely so I don't know of anything that might have slowed him down or pushed him back i.e injuries,mental problems ?

    you're just jealous and a hater.Don't worry though,I will send you for free a Radek swimsuit calendar as well to prove you wrong.:)
     
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  38. Blinkism

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    No, I just made this thread to bring some more attention to Evgeny and maybe discuss some prospects for his future- and also make a prediction for him to be in the Top 20 by the end of next year.

    I think he's got what it takes to win a title or two in the fall season and go deep in some draws through the other hardcourt stretches in the year.

    It'd be awesome to see him make it as far as a slam QF, too.
     
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    Korolev is decent if he can improve his movement/shot selection even slightly he'll shoot up the rankings. Great power on his groundies and not bad at the net either.
     
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