Leonardo Mayer one to watch *spoiler*

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  1. Gugafan

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    Ruthless display from the young argentine today. He completely outhit Blake over 3 sets. He made something like 70% of first serves, and can really crank it up for a slender looking guy. Mayer has come through qualifying and has had some decent results on clay on the challenger circuit. He plays instinctive claycourt tennis. Certainly one to watch in the next round.
     
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  2. Cesc Fabregas

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    He played well but remember he was playing Blake.
     
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    Any North American on clay is an upset waiting to happen. Even a Futures player would drool at the opportunity to play a seed from the USA on dirt.
     
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    Don't take away from his performace just because he played Blake (who was't playing all that badly himself).

    It was quite evident that Mayer was playing some great tennis; he strikes the ball very well off both wings (single hander), has a great serve and moves well on the dirt. He lacks a little in the point construction department, or at least occasionally in picking the right shot, but that's something that can come with experience.

    On the evidence of that performance he's got some potential, I'll be interested to see if he can hold that level or whether he was playing at his max and won't be able to replicate it. I definitely think his next match with Haas is winnable and potentially with Berdych out of the way the match after could be.

    He's 22 so has some time to develop further, I'd agree, one to watch (or at least to keep an eye on)
     
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  5. bolo

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    oh so blake is done? never would have guessed it after winning those two matches at madrid. :rolleyes:

    looking forward to watching mayer play.
     
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  6. Cesc Fabregas

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    It does matter it was Blake, Blake hits completely flat so on clay that means you're going to get plenty of rythm.
     
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    He has one hell of a mullet.
     
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    I don't know if he is. Beating Blake at RG is not really a proof of anything.
     
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  9. akv89

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    Great serve, decent backhand, amazing forehand, ... certainly one to watch. Who is he playing in the next round?
     
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  10. shadows

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    Tommy Haas, could well be an entertaining match
     
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    He beat james blake at RG (yawn) anything new
     
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  12. Gugafan

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    Cesc did you watch the match???...As shadows has mentioned Blake did not beat himself today (especially in the first two sets). Mayer was able to execute a high risk strategy himself, in going for big winners and subsequently outhitting Blake. His first serve was flawless throughout the match. There is no doubting that Mayer is a shotmaker, whos game seems to translate well to the dirt.
     
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  13. Cesc Fabregas

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    Yep I watched the whole match and the amount of time Blake giving up free points on Mayer's serve was incredible Blake basically tryed to whack every serve served im pretty sure if Blake tryed to get a few more balls into court Mayer would have felt the pressure and made errors.
     
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  14. Zaragoza

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    Mayer played very well today but winning one match in a major against an average player on clay is nothing outstanding.
    Didn't Vasallo-Arguello reach the 4th round a few years ago?
    These upsets are usual at R.Garros because there are a lot of 2nd tier clay courters playing challengers who can beat players like Blake in a good day. Maximo Gonzalez beating Fish was another one today.
     
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  15. tennisplaya

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    Blake found out that it's not so easy to win on the 'real clay' :)

    Roddick is officially the #1 American on clay.
     
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  16. LuckyR

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    If Mayer can continue at the level he played in the Blake match he will be a very successful player. It didn't matter that he played Blake (who was playing OK) Mayer would have beaten a clay specialist who was only having an OK day yesterday.

    However this may all be hitting the Zone one day, and now it is all over. We'll see...
     
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    Mayer and Haas are second up on court 6 tomorrow, sadly that probably means any kind of coverage will be scarce but we'll see
     
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    Another big hitting display from Mayer today only to fall in five sets. It's been an encouraging tournament on the whole.
     
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    yeah, I didn't get to watch the match but I was keeping an eye on the livescores and he showed great heart to get back from 2 sets down. Shame he couldn't just nudge it over the edge to a win. It'll be interesting to see if he has any success outside of clay
     
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    Too bad he didn't beat Haas, he could do better in fifth set. . .
     
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  21. shadows

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    Pretty encouraging performance from Leonardo in Eastbourne, he made the 1/4s where he lost a tight 3 set match to Dancevic.

    It's nice to see he's got game on grass as well as clay (and his challenger win came on hardcourts), I hope he can at least make it through the first round at Wimby!

    He also reached a new career high of #70 at the start of the week, and I'd guess that might may bump up a little further come monday.

    Oh and he's been named as part of the Argentina Davis cup team for their next tie.
     
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    We're up to a new high of #64, top 50 is getting closer and closer!

    Leonardo just demolished Hernandez 6-0 6-0 6-3 as well, told you he had some game on grass ^^

    shame his next opponent is likely to be Gonzo, it's going to be very tough to get a result out of that D:
     
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  23. Elzurdo

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    Is Mayer playing with a Wilson ksix-one Tour 90?
     
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  24. Gugafan

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    Mayer into the second rd of a masters series 1000 for the 1st time in his career!!..The surge up the ranking continues.
     
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  25. Gugafan

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    Just had a look at his new ranking (54). I think he could be one of the darkhorses at RG next year. Leo's got alot of potential and has made some big strides up the ranking in his first year on the main tour.
     
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  26. Feña14

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    I was at his match with Gonzalez at Wimbledon, he looked pretty decent.
     
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  27. Cesc Fabregas

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    This guy is a good player. Big forehand, decent serve, good one handed backhand and excellent volleys. He's like Gonzalez with a better backhand and volleys. If he keeps improving I see no reason why he can't be a top 20 player.
     
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  28. boris becker 1

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    the guy maybe should have beat a still not fit murray.
     
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  29. Feña14

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    The cold conditions did make it play very slow which did help him, i'm sure he'll be kicking himself a bit, you're right.

    Beating the top players is very tough, when the conditions are in your favour you really have to try and make it count. I'm sure he'll learn from it though.
     
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  30. OddJack

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    Heh, still not fit? If he's not fit now, he will never be.

    I like this guy Mayor, I hope he improves quckly. Would really like to see more of him.
     
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  31. Feña14

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    Murray's just back from 2 months out with a wrist injury, it's going to take him a few matches to get back into the swing of things.
     
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