Keep an eye on these guys in 2014 ?

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  1. tipsa...don'tlikehim!

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    well, i don't know if this topic will make many people interested because it's not about the top 10 :)

    anyway, i would like to list a few players I think we should keep an eye on next year.

    My 2 underdogs :lol: are Dodig and Istomin:

    I can't believe Dodig is such a great server, the guy is not tall, he often goes to the net as well. Very talented, unfortunately he can blow up so many matches, remember the Del Potro match in august ? a shame...

    Istomin: likes this guy a lot, great attitude, very fast, moves very well (pay attention at his defense game ;) )... like Dodig he's not very strong mentally.

    my 3rd guy will be Cilic. A bit awkward since he's been caught for doping, anyway I believe in this player to get close to the top 10 at the end of 2014. For me he's the best mover on the tour among the "tall guys".

    and my 4th guy will be Kohlschreiber. everyone knows this guy is incredibly talented but also a big choker. I don't know why but i have the feeling he will do great in 2014 and be in the top 15 at some point with a great run in one of the GS. One of my fav player to watch!


    Can you think of other players ? Paire ? Dimitrov I guess too ? :)
     
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  2. Joao Sousa. Jiri Vesely. Pablo Carreno Busta.
     
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    Vesely, good call i think.


    Berlocq will decline unfortunately.
     
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  4. chjtennis

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    Why all those old players? I think you should keep your eyes on young players like Raonic, Janowicz, Dimitrov, Nishikori, Tomic, Pospisil, Sousa, Delbonis, Carreno Busta, Vesely, Gonzalez, Bedene, Young, Klahn, Harrison, Sock, Goffin, Kudla, etc. The guys who are 24, turning 25, will have to make a big improvements in 2014 because usually that's the age when late boomers fully mature and show their potential.
     
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    How about Dolgo? The guy has talent, even if his movement hurts the eye sometimes. Kohly is a little old for a serious breakthrough. I enjoyed his match with Rafa at the USO.
     
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    Tipsarevic too. I expect him to do some damage on the tour once he fully heals from the injury that bothered him in 2013.
     
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    Why troll the OP?

    Please be nice.

    Thank you.
     
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    Carreno Busta, Vesely, Krygios and a QF at a slam for Tomic, yes I believe after that infamous lap dancing session Bernard will be motivated enough to have another slam run to add to his Wimbledon 2011 effort.
     
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    You really changed for much worse in these last two weeks I was not around. Too bad. At least I know what to expect.

    Have a really nice day.
     
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    There are groups of players around 25-26 who could break through, yes. Dolgo is one of them but he hasn't yet proved he is mentally strong enough at the crucial moments. No denying he is very talented, though. Some of the players who are 25/26 yo in 2013 are Del Potro, Fognini, Gulbis, Chardy, Haase, Querry, and Brands, and all of them are ranked above Dolgopolov. There are others like Mannarino, Kukushkin, Ebden, Giraldo, Sijsling, Lacko, Golubev, Ramos, De Schepper, Smyczek, Nedovyesov and L Mayer who are in that age group ranked below Dolgo. We already know what Delpo is capable of and he is entering to the stage of his career which can be called as his peak in 2014, so look for something big from him next year. Gulbis is also a talent who has underachieved and let's hope some of the players from this age group will make big impact next year.
     
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    I can't believe I left out Paire. He is only 24 and should improve even more next year.
     
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    Delpo's wrist injury really put a damper on his progress after his USO win, it was a pity. Hopefully he can find some sustained form in 2014 and do some damage.

    Gulbis is too hotheaded. He is capable of having flashes of brilliance, but with his high risk game and volatile mentality I don't think he will achieve much.
     
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    It was an inoffensive joke (tdlh! obviously doesn't lile Tipsarevic).

    I've heard of advances in Artificial Intelligence. Can't you get a chip with a sense of humor upgrade or something?
     
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    Why old players ? Because you'll notice more and more players are late boomers, I deliberately put Kohlschreiber on the list, despite his age because I had the feeling he was playing his best tennis, or close, in 2013.

    To answer to FoD: Dolgopolov, i wish you are right but i' m not optimistic.

    To answer to Chico: Tipsarevic, really don't know...this player is sensitive, when no confidence he's playing crap.
     
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    I gave up on Gulbis by the way, I am starting to think he is overrated... he played a good 2013, still didn't do much in the grand slams.
     
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    I think Kohlschreiber will always be just a solid performer. He is a very good player but he just doesn't have a major weapon to beat the top guys. I don't expect anything better from the players over 27 except for those who' have been inside top 15 at one stage of their career. They will be Berdych, Tsonga, Ferrer, Wawrinka, Gasquet, etc.
     
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    Pospisil made amazing leaps this year from the mid hundreds and is now ranked 32 and has had great success beating top players. En route to 32 he beat 2 top 10 players (berdych and Gasquet) as well as Hewitt, Isner and Karlovic for example . He single handedly won DC v, Israel...2 singles and a doubles, This helped propel them to the final v. Serbia which they lost.

    He has a gigantic serve and great speed.

    Definitely one to watch for in 2014
     
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    I love Dolgo's style.
     
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    Good start for Dodig and Istomic.
     
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    My list to keep an eye on:
    1. Gojo guy.
    2.Brands
    3. Thiem
    4. Kyrgios
    5. Thompson
     
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    Dodig... :( leading 2 sets to love and retired, probably victim of the heat
     
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    2-1 sets, then retired. I have to say though Dzumhur is accomplishing a lot in Australia. He's played like 5-6 matches already including qualifiers.
     
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    Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are guys I would keep my eye on. Really like both of their games. Kokkinakis just fought off cramps and won his 1R match, he gets Nadal next. Hopefully he'll put up a better performance than Tomic
     
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    My picks for players to watch:

    Daniel Brands- when this guy plays his best, he's scary powerful. He's had good results since last year, beating Federer, Ferrer and a couple other big names, and taking sets off quite a few others. Seems like he's ready to make the jump from a journeyman ranking to top 20.

    Federico Delbonis- This guy is going to be really good on clay. Beat Federer on clay last summer and almost won a 500 level title.
     
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    I'd say watch out for Ryan Harrison and Donald Young
     
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    Cilic has been in the top 20 for years, and spent much of that time near the top 10. Of course he should rise back up the rankings this year. The thing is that unless he ends it in the top 10, it's not clear that it's really a breakthrough, rather than a comeback.
     
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    I've been following Carreno Busta for a while and really think 2014 or 2015 can be the year he breaks top25.

    I think he'll be a top10 player at one point.
     
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    Once nadal recovers from his crippling back injury no one will win a point off him.
     
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    Watch him beat Djokovic later today.
     
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    Good one

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