The Most Improved ATP Player of 2009?

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The Most Improved ATP Player of 2009?

Poll closed Jun 19, 2010.
  1. Federer

    2.9%
  2. Del Potro

    33.8%
  3. Davydenko

    5.9%
  4. Roddick

    2.9%
  5. Soderling

    33.8%
  6. Verdasco

    8.8%
  7. Cilic

    4.4%
  8. Chiudinelli

    7.4%
  9. Serena

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Nadal

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. GasquetGOAT

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    Federer - A big improvement from 2008, won double the number of slams. First Masters title in more than a year (and won 2 masters overall). Beaten Nadal for the first time in a long time (on clay and a final nonetheless). Reclaimed Year-End No.1 (only 2nd player in history to do so). Winning the French Open and Wimbledon double (inconceivable in 2008, for Federer). And not the least, won the French Open for the first time.

    Del Potro - Won first slam beating Nadal and Federer (first player ever to do so). Recorded 3 wins against Nadal and 2 wins against Federer (never beaten both players before). WTF final.

    Davydenko - Beaten all 3 slam winners on route to win the WTF. Also won Shanghai masters by beating Djokovic and Nadal.

    Roddick - First slam final in a long time. Contested in one of the best Wimbledon finals of all time.

    Soderling - First player ever to beat Nadal at FO, reaching first slam final (never before passed the 4th round in any slams). Beat Djokovic and Nadal in WTF.

    Verdasco - Semifinal at AO lost to the eventual champion. Consistency throughout the year and qualified for WTF.
     
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  2. Anaconda

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    Gasquet.

    Played tennis of his life at the US Open - Nadal just played awsome!!!
     
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  3. malakas

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    Del Potro.
    Far Second Soderling.

    Also Chiudinelli was great.
     
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    Del Potro.
     
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  5. Shangri La

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    Rafael Nadal - won his first GS on hard court.
     
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  6. IvanAndreevich

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    Chiudinelli by far.

    The top players can't improve much relatively speaking. It's always one of the guys who goes from #400 to #50 or something along those lines.
     
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  7. GasquetGOAT

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    I see Anaconda is a new troll.
     
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  8. malakas

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    You should have added a poll...Or maybe just remake the thread with a poll.
     
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  9. JoshDragon

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    It has to be Del Potro.
     
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  10. GasquetGOAT

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    How does that qualify for the "most improved" given that he had a much better season in 2008?
     
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  11. malakas

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    yes Marco was great,BUT one could perhaps argue that as much difference is between 400 to out of top 100 so is between top 50 and top 5.
     
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  12. GasquetGOAT

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    I am going make a poll but just want to see more nominations.
     
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  13. Anaconda

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    Dude, it's just a joke.


    My Real answer: JMDP and Roddick - compare slam results last year to this year.
     
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  14. TMF

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    What?
    He won the AO but lost at RG, his best surface. It’s more like he got worse.
     
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  15. GasquetGOAT

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    ;)

    But good answer.
     
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  16. Matt H.

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    Soderling by far.

    He was a career top 20-30 player. Broke thru with his first slam final, first US Open quarter, and a 4th rd showing at Wimbledon to break into the top 10 and make a run at the WTF.

    Nadal and Fed are not candidates for this category. Come on.
     
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    To Nadal, winning AO is more of a milestone achievement than winning another FO/Wim or beating Federer a few more times. Plus, I dont see him winning another GS any more.
     
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    Del Potro by far.
     
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  19. Definetely Soderling- Del Potro close 2nd, but he already was top notch compared to Soderling when 2009 started. Also DelPpo had a terrible fall (before the WTF) and a terrible Wimbledon. Just being the 1st player to ever defeat Nadal at FO deserves a separate award! Yes, I am biased. So are you.
     
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  20. Matt H.

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    In 2008, people were talking about Delpo being a matter of time before winning a slam.

    In 2008, people just weren't even talking about Soderling.
     
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    Cilic? He has been playing some awesome tennis this year.
     
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    I would say Soderling. He went from a guy that seemed to hover around #20 for ages and looked like he'd never step it up, to doing the impossible at Roland Garros and eliminating Rafa, and then reaching the final.
    Great showing at the WTF, big improvement mentally.
     
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  23. GasquetGOAT

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    Nadal definitely not since his overall result is worse than last year but for Federer it has been a monumental season in his career, a huge improvement from last year. But I agree Soderling should get the nod in terms of improvement.
     
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  24. GasquetGOAT

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    Good point!
     
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  25. dh003i

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    Despite Federer and Nadal breaking through where they hadn't before in the slams, I think best improvement has to go to Del Potro. He goes from 0 to 1 slams. That's an infinite-fold improvement (Federer goes from 1 last year to 2 this year, 2x). Nadal broke through in some ways because of the AO, but it was without a doubt a down-year for him after then; 2 slams last year, 1 this year. Overall, Nadal went backwards.

    Also, if you look at his level of play and mental state, Del Potro is an enormous improvement from last year. In terms of level of play, Federer improved from last year, but not enormously, and Nadal improved at the AO, but dropped off after. Soderling also improved a lot, but not as much as Del Potro.
     
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  26. malakas

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    Delpo's AO ,Delpo's USO and WTF. that about sums it up imo.

    Soderling was always talked about,but as a guy who could be in the big stage if his head was better screwed on his shoulders.Something clicked together and it happened as it had happened in the previous years with Gonzo and with Verdasco.
    But the one is a slam winner and the other a slam finalist so Delpo gets the vote imo.
     
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  27. DavidGarcia

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    I have to agree with you. Nothing against Sorderling but he totally melt in that Roland Garros Final in comparison with Del Potro who actually won his first GS final

    Watch what Murray did in his first GS final........gone in 3 sets.
     
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  28. edman9898

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    Another vote for Soderling. Great turnaround this year, on and off the court with his attitude.
     
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  29. GasquetGOAT

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    Yes but thats more of his personal milestone, we are talking about "The Most Improved ATP Player" and Nadal is not a candidate.
     
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  30. GasquetGOAT

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    Well Delpo had a terrible fall and Sod had a terrible first quarter of the season.
    And beating Nadal 3 times in a season also deserves a special award (well done, Novak and Juan!) :twisted:. Anyway I voted for Sod but Delpo's improvement was equally impressive if not more.
     
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  31. jazzyfunkybluesy

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    Del Potro then Soderling.
     
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  32. Beating Nadal at FO equals beating him on HC 10 times with a borrowed racket.
    Soderling will easily get it.
     
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    Agreed. Has to be Soderling IMO. If I asked you last year what was more likely, JMDP winning a slam or Soderling making a slam final and beating Nadal at RG, 99/100 would say JMDP.

    Impressive year to finish top 10.
     
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  34. miniRafa386

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    delpo and verdasco
     
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  35. viduka0101

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    anyway, from that bunch verdasco or roddick


    added:i forgot about gwen stefani
     
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  36. dlk

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    JMDP, Soderling, Cilic
     
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  37. Vyse

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    cilic, how am i the only one. he has begun to make a name for himeslf
     
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    Don't worry he's breaking into Top 10 this year & will gradually become a force.
     
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  39. tacou

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    delpo...sod a little bit. I would have said Roddick but after Wimby he slipped
     
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  40. malakas

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    Cilic was impressive as well but no comparison to the extent Del Potro improved or Soderling.

    Also another notable mention ,Thiemmo De Bakker!I'm waiting for years now for him to stand out and finally this year he makes huuuge strides of improvement!Hopefully next year he will be in the top 50!:)
     
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  41. veroniquem

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    Julien Benneteau :)
     
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  42. John Isner

    He started the year ranked 143, and now he's 34.




    :D:D:D:D
     
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  43. GasquetGOAT

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    Yes John Isner! Nearly forgot about him! He did beat Roddick at the USO.
     
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