Gulbis will be in the Top 5 in one year

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  1. Inner Game

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    Gulbis barring any injuries has the talent to be in the top 5...Great ground stroker, serve and a decent volley....But above all he's quick on the court and can return serve.
    He's putting Andy Roddick on his heels right now....Making Andy look like a high school player.

    Gublis is smooth....shows little effort...kind of like a guy named Roger did 8 years ago...
     
  2. Clydey2times

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    Top 10? Yes. Top 5? No. He is nowhere near consistent enough.
     
  3. Jackie T. Stephens

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    Did you see that volley he did just now?? Amazing!
     
  4. bluetrain4

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    I agree from a tennis skills and physical standpoint.

    He absolutely has everything to be a Slam champ and a Top 5 player.

    It's all in his head and in consistency. Plenty of truly talented players who couldn't put it together for long stretches of matches.

    Most will argue that he's young and that he'll eventally get mentally tough and be more consistent. I think he will. But, it's not a given. Age isn't always the problem behind inconsistency.

    He'd be a great addition at the top, so I hope it all works out, but I don't assume anything.

    Djokovic, Gulbis, Fed, Tsonga, Murray, all playing their best. That would be great.
     
  5. Nuke

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    People were saying the same thing about Gilles Muller when he knocked Roddick out of the 2005 USO. Roddick has a way of making the other guys look like the next superstar.
     
  6. iamke55

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    Gulbis is about to lose his 6th game in a row. But prior to that, he was hitting the kind of shots Federer in his prime didn't hit so often.
     
  7. Jackie T. Stephens

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    LOL, Andy Roddick is underated.
     
  8. wyutani

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    top 20 should be kind enuf.
     
  9. bluetrain4

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    THis match is a perfect example of why he may be a top 5 player AND why he may not be.

    He was playing at such a high level. He gets tight, which is natural, but he hasn't steadied himself. For the time being, the wheels have completely fell off. That's not top 5 material yet.
     
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  10. alucard123

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    His playing style remind me a bit of Safin's
     
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    ROFL, this post is totally nothing now. Did you notice how Roddick came back, and is kicking Gulbis' @$$? Seriously lol, wait til the game is over lmao.

    That made me roflcopter.
     
  12. quest01

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    I think Gulbis could be in the top 10 sometime in the near future but top 5 is cutting it because of his lack of consistency.
     
  13. ODYSSEY Mk.4

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    He really Made my jaw drop hits Hard like Andy and touch like fed i'm really looking forward to see what he pulls up next no doubt top 10...top 5 i'm hesitant to agree with
     
  14. willgonase10

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    I think he will be within 10 to 20. He is WAY too inconsistent. For 5 minutes he'll be playing like he was the best ever in the game of tennis then her turns 180 and becomes one of the worst with errors.

    Unless he will be working his ass off REAL hard, he isn't top 10.
     
  15. counter_puncher

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    oh yeah. hes down 4-5 in the fourth.
     
  16. mrDamien

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    Very talented boy. Practice more and his big day will come.
     
  17. Safinator_1

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    Even though he lost i can see him definitely see him moving up to the top 20 soon
     
  18. Spickery

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    Is this the first time you've seen Gulbis play before? He's had impressive showings against Djokovic at Wimbledon and Rafa at RG already this year. Good results for an up-and-comer.
     
  19. matchmaker

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    Yes, Gulbis has everything he needs to get there. I really think he should make top 10 quickly.
     
  20. SoCal10s

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    the guy didn't show enough heart in the pressure situations,losing service game too easily when he needed to push it to the tie breaker...top 5-vers don't disappear under-pressure...
     
  21. Rob_C

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    Lack of experience IMO. He threw in a lot of double faults in the 5-6 games in the 2nd and 4th sets when he didnt need to go for that much. He let Roddick hang around in those games.

    Theres no way Roddick's going to hit him off the court, why give him freebies?
     
  22. oranges

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    Even No1s do that on occasion, both current and former. Give the guy a break, he 's just officially stopped being a teen tonight. I'd be more worried if he felt intimidated rather than inspired from the beginning.
     
  23. superman1

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    The depth in men's tennis is amazing right now. Gulbis was certainly playing like #1 in the world for 2 sets, but then we saw clearly why he's still 40 in the world and batting below .500, and why Roddick has consistently been in the top 10 all these years. We've got like 15 different guys who look like top 5 material. I still maintain that Tsonga is one of the most talented guys out there, maybe more talented than Djokovic. He proved it by coming off of a horrible injury and surgery and promptly going back to his winning ways.
     
  24. jetlee2k

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    man.. I always thought he is mature.. cool.... no nerve kind of a player.. after today match.. he practically gave it away to Roddick.. that was suck.. Roddick did not win it.. Gulbis lost it..
     
  25. SoCal10s

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    yes! mens tennis is alive and well even if the king just got past-over for the time being.. everytime I watch the mens and compare them to the WTA ,man I feel sick .. these sisters suck$,.. they are fat and can't take care of business.. plus they get the same amount of money the ATP guys does for grand slams... it was really sick to watch an overweight Bartoli show herself on TV and still winning...
     
  26. SoCal10s

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    yeah that's what I'm saying a champion will feel sick when he losses but Gulbis shows little effect from losing because he put on a good show.... maybe just needs to get on the winning page.. sometimes one get's used to losing,but I can't see Nadal,R-Fed,Agassi ,ect. being so non-emotional after a lost..
     
  27. edmondsm

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    Sure Gulbis COULD be in the top 5 in a year. I'm pretty sure I heard same thing was going to happen to Thomas Berdych, Gael Monfils, Marcos Baghdatis........
     
  28. Spickery

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    People love to speculate. Give 'em a break. :)
     
  29. 35ft6

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    I don't know about one year, but I'd be surprised if he didn't make top 5 or 3 sometime his career. He's got all the tools.
     
  30. Tshooter

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    Agreed. Though to be forthcoming I thought the same thing a year ago. So I'm a year off.
     
  31. Dina Hamdan

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    Yeah, he has many abilities, but to be in the top 5, well, that's way too far from him, he's sooooo INCONSISTENT, just go to atptennis.com & see his playing activity, he loses to very poor guys & then somehow he does well in a grandslam, I don't know if it's due to lack of preparation in other tournaments. I think in top 5 he won't be, top 10 maybe yes.
     
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    Seems like YOU haven't seen him play before...
     
  33. Dina Hamdan

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    Yeah against Djokovic in RG & Rafa in Wimby.
     
  34. Satch

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    he reminds me of Djokovoc and they were training together since they were kids also they use the same racquets.

    Gulbis is still young but for 1.5 year who knows, maybe he will be #3...
     
  35. pmerk34

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    This guy hits incredibly hard. He would beat everyone on this forum 6-0 6-0
     
  36. MajinX

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    any top 50 pro would beat anyone here 6-0 6-0.

    and sayin gulbis will be top 5 one one year means hes gonna win a whole bunch of the tournaments or get very far in almost all of them and the other players are gonna do worse than they are doin right now. realisticly this isnt gonna happen..
     
  37. 35ft6

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    Top 250 even. I think there's one poster who plays futures. He might lose 1 and 2.

    He's inconsistent? Yeah, that's why he's not top 5 now, but he'll improve. If super consistent James Blake can make top 5, Gulbis is a lock. Just give him a few years. He's got major weapons.
     
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    This guy hits harder than Blake. I've never seen anyone hit a tennis ball harder than Marat Safin but this guy may have hit harder last night
     
  39. Safinator_1

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    hmm... maybe would like to see a match between the 2
     
  40. RoddickistheMan

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    I think the guy has tons of talent I just think hes not motivated enough> I mean it looked like he had ADD out there and he didnt really care about the result. In a sense its cool because he seems calm but also it seems like he just doesnt have the motivation right now to be as good as he can be. He definitely looked top 2 quality in the first set.
     
  41. jamesblakefan#1

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    But top 2 quality means better than Fed &/or Nadal &/or Djokovic. There's plenty of guys with big weapons (Gonzo, Blake, etc) who never quite make it that high because they're not strong enough mentally or physically. So you can't just put him up there and project it without seeing something. What is his big win. Let him do something before we crown him. He looks good, just like Gasquet looked like he could be up there with Fed, just like Berdych did. It takes more than weapons, is my point.
     
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    Agree with this one! :twisted:
     
  43. saram

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    He is pretty darn good.
     
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    Gulbis is the next GOAT.
     
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    I can't see any possibility of this. He has great potential, but the number of points he would have to win within a one year period I don't feel is anywhere within his reach. Three years perhaps.
     
  46. 35ft6

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    His weapons are different from these two. His weapons are more like Safin's, he generates power way more effortlessly than Blake or Gonzo do. He has a bigger serve than either of those two, a more effortlessly penetrating forehand than either, and definitely a bigger backhand than both. Also, he moves well and has pretty good instincts at the net. All weapons are not the same.
     
  47. lovecr717

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    He has everything but he isnt that consistent . But i can assure that he gonna be top 10 within a year
     
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    i think he will be in the top 10 if he does not get injured
     
  49. 18gauge

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    IMHO he was WAY more talent - and a more diverse game - than any of the above.

    I was at the match last Friday - and watched Safin self-destruct in Armstrong right before - Gulbis doesn't give up in the same way as Safin or Berdych.

    Give him a break - playing against Roddick @ night in NYC is pretty serious - he's paying his dues.

    Murray was pretty shaky for a while - now he's #4 in the world. I think something similar will follow for Gulbis.
     
  50. david22

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    What happened for Murray is not sure to happen in Gulbis's case.
    Just look at Gasquet: 2 years ago(or even after his Wimbledon 1/2 final last year),we all thought that he would be in the top 5 very soon......but now ,he is in big danger to be soon out of top 30 (lot of pts to defend in next few months)!
     

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