Top 10 U.S. Open Contenders

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  1. Dimonator133

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    OK, now we're getting to guys I think have a legit chance to make the semi-finals (obviously depending on the draw, because I still think Djokovic and Nadal (if healthy) are the only two who have a real chance of beating Federer).

    Starting it off is a guy who was simply lethal at Wimbledon, but it's gone south since then, capped off with a nasty blister problem this week. But if he's healthy, he has the game (and the backhand) to make plenty of noise. Coming in next:

    #10: Richard Gasquet
     
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    He's just a solid player, and while he hasn't been making any noise on the U.S. hard courts, he is still playing good tennis - good enough to parlay all his U.S. Open points from last year (where he dominated Nadal in the quarters) into a current Top 10 ATP ranking. Coming in next:

    #9: Mikhail Youzhny
     
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    other than nadal and djokovic, nobody has a chance against the great federer...........................................
     
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    Richard Gasquet cant play worth ****. He sucks. PH Mathieu is way better.

    Oh and if Djokovic didnt defeat Federer a few weeks ago, you wouldnt bring up his name, would ya ?
     
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    well PHM certainly played better on the hard courts, but Gasquet has way more talent and potential to compete for Grand Slams

    as long as his blister isn't a factor, Gasquet should have a solid Open
     
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    Federer
    Djokovic
    Roddick
    Nadal
    Hewitt
    Davydenko
    Blake
    Berdych
    Youzhny
    Gasquet

    *Safin can come anywhere on this list depending on which Safin turns up to the USO - considering recent form, I'd say he's off the list for the moment.

    I agree - dont think PHM has it in him to win a Slam at the moment. But who knows. I wouldn't put him above number 9 position on the list though.
     
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    That seems about right. Exceptm judging by the way Blake has been hitting the ball in his last few matches, I'd move him up at least a couple of spots. If he can keep it up, he will be trouble to anybody. Also, it's a big if whether Nadal will have time to get back to top form from now till the Open. Unlike clay, where he can still beat most players even if not playing well, he needs to be at his best to do that on hard courts.
     
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  8. Lleytian3

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    i agree. gasquet and youhnzy are good legimate choices. results speak for themselves. gasquet did take out andy at WO and made the semis. youhnzy has proven himself to be a dangerous floater.

    once PH mathieu can start proving himself in the slams, we got something to talk about, until then there is nothing to talk about. PHM is talented but he isnt getting the results. PERIOD
     
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    Roger
    Rafa
    Djokovic
    Roddick
    Blake
    Baghdatis
    Gonzo
    Hewitt
    Safin
    Berdych
     
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    Ok this is my list:

    1-Federer
    2/3-Nadal/Djokovic depending if Djokovic is on FedererĀ“s half or not.
    4-Roddick
    5-Blake
    6-Davydenko
    7-Hewitt
    8-Youzhny
    9-Stepanek
    10-Ferrero

    Del Potro and Querrey could make a big impact too.
     
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  11. DashaandSafin

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    Nadal hasn't done anything on the courts at the Open...Why is he so high?
     
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    Because he is #2 in the world, a grinder, tough as nails, fast as hell, tough as hell, never quits mentally or physically and pused Roger on grass at Wimby. Need more examples? ;)
     
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    I'd put Roddick and Blake equal, maybe Blake higher judging by how Blake's playing right now. Roddick's my favorite player but Blake's my second favorite almost tied for 1st. I see Blake beating Roddick though if they were to play.
     
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  14. DashaandSafin

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    Take a look at his past USO record. And oh yea, the USO courts are faster than Wimby. Unfortuante, yet sadly true.
     
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    Never quits? Try cincy. He may be dedicated, but don't pretend that he's the terminator.

    I agree with the earlier list and also agree with the safin comments. If I had to put money on anyone, I'd have to go with the smart bet and take roger.
     
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    Guillermo Canas

    What about Canas? I think he's got just as good a shot as some of the players listed such as Youzhny, Gasquet, and Berdych.

    PH Mathieu had an eye opening match against Canas in the Montreal Masters last week. I agree that he hasn't had the consistent results to put him among the top contenders, but he will be a dangerous floater.
     
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  17. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    By the way. . . Gonzo must be a great player because his ranking is high, but he seems to have a bad day every time I catch him on TV. Has he had great results that haven't been broadcast in the States?
     
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  18. tennispro11

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    Injury is different from never quits. He tries the hardest out of any player on tour today. He wasn't pretending that he was the terminator just stating the reason why he picked him as a favorite. You are picking one player when this whole thread is about what PLAYERS you think will do good. You missed the point completely, I think. I would pick Nadal as a favorite as well as a few others.
     
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  19. tennispro11

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    Not really, he has been in a slump lately. Not sure why, but it seems like he can't consistently play well to get a few wins in a row.
     
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    I cannot see anyone getting past Federer at the moment. His attack and defence are so good most of the time. This list is therefore about who can get past him in a Slam.

    For me, Djokovic seems most likely. Djoky at W, carrying huge exhaustion and injury baggage, took a set off Nadal and then clobbered him in Montreal - which for me makes Djoky more likely than Nadal to challenge Federer. Nadal doesn't seem to be all that comfortable on hard courts while Djokovic claims they are his favourite surface. The rest of the list is very fluid - I'd probably write it differently an hour from now.

    1 Federer
    2 Djokovic

    no particular order...
    Davydenko
    Hewitt
    Blake
    Nadal
    Roddick
    Youzhny
    Berdych
    Baghdatis
     
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  21. Lleytian3

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    i think people misunderstand what this thread is all about. this is not make your top 10. this is the top 10 of dimonator133.

    if you go from the previous thread of 25 contenders for the 25days of the us open then you understand what this thread is about
     
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    haha well at least it looks like a lot more interest is generated now that we're down to the Top 10, with everyone posting their own rankings and whatnot. Maybe I now I can expand my U.S. Open page with a mass of fan top 10 contenders rankings in addition to my own.
     
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  23. Ambivalent

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    1. Federer
    2. Nadal
    3. Roddick
    4. Gasquet

    All the rest is pudding. Explanation below

    1. Federer - Obviously him because he simply owns.
    2. Nadal - Nadal has shown that he can improve greatly in the course of a year. He has made a run to the Wimbeldon finals twice only after few grass tourneys and even pushed Fed to a decisive 5th set this year. Despite having trouble in past USO, i believe his improvement will be able to set him up for at least a semifinal run
    3. Roddick - Home country favorite Roddick on fast courts with his lethal serve is always a force to be reckoned with. Although always doubted, Roddick has the potential to make it far, i'd say to the quarters at least.
    4. Gasquet - Beautiful backhand and all court game. One of my favorite players. Excellent strokes all over and the clutchness to hit winners when he needs them.
     
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  24. daddy

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    This is funny, nadal lost to djokovic this year twice, won once on hard, roddick lost once not won, and gasquet never won against djokovic. Yet hes not on the list, and hes the only player to beat Roger on that fast court.

    Good thinking though. Women tend to think like this - you present 6 facts to them, they say yes six times, but when you make a conclusion based on those facts - they say oh no, thats not correct.

    ;)
     
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    daddy, "ambivalent's" just living up to his/her screen name - ambivalence allows for opposing views to be held simultaneously. I'm not suggesting that's not VERY strange.
     
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    Get real--he quit due to an injury.
     
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    When was the last time someone quit not due to an injury?
     
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    Thanks, I was wondering if I was getting nuts for a moment but this clkears it. ! Whoa ! ;)
     
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    He fared well at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and he's still playing solid - but not spectacular - tennis. After last year's epic loss to Agassi, he should have the support of the crowd next week at Flushing Meadows. Coming in next:

    #8: Marcos Baghdatis
     
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    Inconsistent, but good, not too serious about his tennis and gets too friendly with oponents while on cours. SMiles a bit too much and has a football crowd, resembles a monkey and is a good thing for tennis, certanly not better than 8th but its on the spot.
     
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    Fed
    Djokovic/Nadal
    Hewitt
    Roddick
    Blake
    Safin
    Gasquest/Berdych
    Haas/Davydenko
     
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  32. Lleyton Hewitt

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    i would be suprised if Hewitt isnt 3rd in the list.

    Fed
    Djokovic
    Hewitt
    Nadal
    Roddick
     
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    Ah he's great for tennis, inventive with plenty of flair, much more fun to watch than Nadal or Djoko because he smiles and enjoys himself on court (i could care less if djokovic is a showman when he's not actually playing).
     
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    1. Federer
    2. Djokovic
    3. Nadal
    4. Hewitt
    5. Blake or Roddick

    In that order going in.
     
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    Mark my words boy, mark them well.... Bagdaddy takes the trophy
     
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    He beats people he's supposed to beat, he loses - ALWAYS - to people he's supposed to lose to. For now, that's good enough to be No. 4 in the world. At this rate he won't be No. 4 at the U.S. Open. Coming in next:


    #7: Nikolay Davydenko
     
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    No chance in the world. Too consistent for his own good, menaing he always plays his game, can not under or overachieve. he will go to quarters, at best semis. IMO.
     
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    totally agreed. exactly what I said in my write-up.
     
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    Hewitt can rally with anybody but his serve is not a weapon yet and of course, the foot faults.
    I think Djokovic will take the USO. Beating world top three players in one single tournament, something is clicking for him.
     
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    I was torn between two others at #6, but among other things, I don't like that this guy has never made it past the quarters of a Slam, and I don't like that he's never won a 5-set match in his entire career. Coming in next:

    #6: James Blake
     
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    If Djokovic is on bottom half of the draw, then I could him meeting Roger in the final. On the women's side, it's Justine's tourney to lose. I don't think anyone can beat her if she's playing her best tennis.
     
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    I think Bagdhatis will go far. Maybe even semfinals. He hasn't been playing great so far and has a lot to make up for in this tournament. And he will play well in front of the loud crowds.
     
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    Yeah...I could see Marcos getting to the quarters or better. It really depends on the draw. I thought he played well in Cincy.
     
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    He definitly needs to prove that the one fional he got to was not a fluke. I firmly believe he will not prove anything, remains to be seen.
     
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    My guess - he will make it this time around. That is to the quarters or semis for sure. Then again, didnt he lose to agassi in epic match in semis in USO 05 ? Or waas it not ?

    Nevermind, how I look at it, he plays his best at hard and in usa, so he has a point to prove. Aging and eevrything, he will certanly not win but certanly go far. HOw far, depends on the draw.
     
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  46. NamRanger

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    I'd honestly put Roddick at #2 rather then #3 despite Djokovic playing well on hardcourts. Other then a first round crash to Muller, since 2003 Roddick has been rock solid at the U.S. Open.
     
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    Hewitt > Roddick at the open.
     
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    On form of the last few weeks. I would have Hewitt at #2.. You seriously cant keep putting Nadal at #2 for no reason other than he is Nadal..

    As for Djokovic, he won a tournament, but it took the life out of him to do it. Fed just shrugged the loss off, and then went on and won the next tournament comfortably.. Djokovic is talented, but will be scratchy like a young Boris Becker, and really wont become a great..

    Roddick is in my opinion not in the same league anymore and is just making up the numbers these days.. Same as Blake. always around, but never really hurting anyone..

    If fit, Haas can match it with the best, and if gets a good run, could impress.. I will watch him closely.. Youzhny is another one that could bring out the big one if given a good run.. Always liked the way he played..

    But for sheer determination. A change of attitude, equipment, and finally fit. I give Hewitt every chance to be at-least #2 for this tournament..
     
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    federer got owned in the final against Djoker so wanted to prove he is the second best on hard courts since indian wells this year and so he played Cinci with a point to prove that he is the second best .

    Whats your excuse for last year when federer lost to Murray in straights ,did that toronto win take the life out of him too ;)
     
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    What is wrong with you people?.. When Borg was #1 he lost to people. When Lendl was #1 he lost to people. When Sampras was #1 he lost to people.

    When Roger loses to someone you idiots want to start threads that the person that beat him should be classed as the GOAT..

    So someone beats him from time to time. But there is only one person that can push Federer on all surfaces, and I know for fact Federer hates having to play, and that is Hewitt.. Nadal might have it over him on clay, but that wont be for long. But as a player of all surfaces, Hewitt although not winning against him, always makes a show of it..

    Oh, and he never tanks in warm up tournaments, and says he is too tired because he won the last tournament... He always gives 100%
     
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