Monfils, Verdasco and Gulbis : Who will have a renaissance in 2014 ?

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Who's your favorite head case to have a renaissance this 2014 ?

Poll closed Jan 8, 2014.
  1. Ernest Gulbis

    40.6%
  2. Fernando Verdasco

    37.5%
  3. Gael Monfils

    34.4%
  4. All 3

    21.9%
  5. None, don't like any of them

    12.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. beast of mallorca

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    All 3 are capable of beating at least 3 of the Big 4 when playing great.
    Gulbis .......is 1:2 against Fed, 0:6 against Rafa, 1:4 vs Djoko, 1:5 vs Murray
    Verdasco ....is 0:5 vs Fed, 1:13 vs Nadal, 4:6 against Djoker, 1:9 vs Murray
    Monfils........is 2:6 vs Fed, 2:8 vs Nadal, 0:9 against Djoker, 2:3 vs Murray

    Who among these 3 would you want to have a resurgence this coming year ?
    I picked these 3 because they're my 'favorite' head cases in the ATP. And when they are on, are really exciting to watch.

    Verdasco's match against Rafa last AO 09 remains my top 3 favorite matches......ever. Monfils flare, charisma and shot making can be very electrifying and mind numbing at the same time. Gulbis is Gulbis :twisted:

    It would be great if all 3 will fly high next year, like the Eagle, the Hawk or The Bull they could have been.
     
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  2. Forehand Of Doom

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    Good picks. Out of the 3, Verdasco had the most impressive run in AO 2009. I'd really like to see all 3 succeed, but I think Gulbis stands the best chance. It would be good to see Mofils have a deep run (RG, perhaps)?
     
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  3. beast of mallorca

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    All 3 have consistency issues. Hope that all 3 can make a deep run in the. Slams next year. All are exciting head cases. I was going to include Youzhny and Almagro, but I feel that even at their best, they do not really match up well against the big 4.
     
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  4. vive le beau jeu !

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    the gulb, i hope !
    2013 was already a significant improvement... let's hope he stays on the right track ! ;)
     
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  5. rdis10093

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    I would love for verdasco to do well. his tennis is so exciting to watch. Gulbis's fh makes me cry and monfils is to painful to watch. he has a big game, but feel like he has terrible shot selection.

    verdasco has such style. when his game is on not a lot is going to stop him. he almost prevented murray from his wim title this year. he just choked it.
     
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  6. chrischris

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    Gulbis.
    He seems to have more brains about him lately.
     
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  7. Roddick85

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    I voted for none of them. None of these guys displayed anything in 2013 that would lead me to believe they'll have a career defining season in 2014. Verdasco had one good slam, Wimbledon and disappeared into oblivion afterwards. Monfils has been injured too much, doubt he'll make any kind of impact. Gulbis has always been a headcase.
     
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  8. Backspin1183

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    Most probably Monfils out of those three. However, I'd rather one of the young guys challenge the big four/three in 2014.
     
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  9. Fed for Pope

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    I would love to see Monfils have a career year, he really does have the talent needed to challenge the top guys.
     
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  10. beast of mallorca

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    I hope so too. I don't mind Gulbis beating Rafa as well. As long as he doesn't fold the next day to the other Big 4.
     
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  11. Mainad

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    IMO Verdasco is far and away the most talented of the 3 with the most beautiful game when he is on. He is the only one who has been a real threat to the very top players in the Slams (eg. his 2009 AO semi against Nadal and 2013 Wimby quarter-final against Murray).

    Nando's head and focus are the only things standing between him and a return to the top ranks but, for all the above reasons, he is the one I would really like to see stage a comeback in 2014. He is the one who most deserves it.

    Monfils is too up and down, in and out, with his chronic fitness problems. Gulbis too distracted by booze and hookers and an over fondness for the sound of his own voice. If either can stay consistently fit and consistently focussed on tennis for an entire season, then they could certainly do it because both obviously have the talent. But knowing them both, that's going to be a very big ask!
     
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  12. Fuji

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    I'll say all three are going to have good years! As long as lamonf stays injury free however, I pick him to have the best year out of all of them. Dude just has so much talent and game, if he keeps his head and body right he should win a couple 500's and maybe make a pair of 1000 finals. Maybe best result could be a quarter / semi in a slam. (I'd be RG or USO)

    -Fuji
     
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  13. beast of mallorca

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    That's what I'm saying. If any or all of the 3 will have the focus and mindset, of say a Djokovic, they should not be too far off from the Big 4. That's a big ask as you say, but it can still happen. Obviously, being healthy is another issue
     
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  14. m2nk2

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    After Verdasco's 117mph FH winner at the tour finals, I'm gonna go with him!
     
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  15. beast of mallorca

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    I hope his WTF Doubles Championship will be a great spring board for him to reinvigorate his lackluster game and catapult his tennis to greater heights. He's got the firepower and the game to do it. Just focus and mental edge and consistency are what he badly needs.
     
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  16. rdis10093

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    what if verdasco just played doubles now?
     
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  17. beast of mallorca

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    Ahhhhh, no.
    He's got a lot of swagger to confine his tennis for doubles only. Maybe next year's AO will be great for him.
     
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    Ahaha you can add Dimitrovich to that list and you will have the best poker hand :twisted:
     
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  19. JRAJ1988

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    Verdasco in singles competition seems to be in decline...his ranking stats in the past years shows a decline in form and consistency though at Wimbledon you could argue he should have beaten Murray.
     
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  20. JRAJ1988

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    Well put! 100% agreed!
     
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  21. tipsa...don'tlikehim!

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    Gulbis and Monfils.
     
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  22. Bukmeikara

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    I dont agree that Verdasco is more talented than Gulbis. Even Nadal this year after Rome said that Gulbis has an enourmous potential and its strange that he cant do more with it !
     
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  23. Rob31

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    Verdasco is overrated, he played one great match in his career (Vs Nadal at AO 2009) and people think it's the norm whereas that's not the case...
    He can generate very good power with his forehand obviously but his backhand is generally average and he shanks many balls on a bad day.
    His game lacks variety and he's not a very good at the net (how many smashes into the net?) so all in all, his inconsistent results are not surprising.
    Gulbis is more talented indeed imo.
     
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  24. President

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    Hopefully all 3 of them. Fernando should use his WTF doubles title as a springboard for success in 2014, just like he used the 2008 DC title as a springboard for 2009.
     
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  25. bluetrain4

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    How are we defining "renaissance?" What do they have to do? Achieve a certain rank? Get to a certain round in a Slam?

    I think all will have some bright moments, but I really don't expect a renaissance from any of them (and not because I "don't like them" as the poll weirdly tacks on to the "none of them" option).
     
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