Who will have a breakout year in 2008?

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  1. serve/and/volley

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    This year has been a breakout year for Djokovic. Any predictions for 2008?
     
  2. Chang

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    Hard to predict. who would have thought Ferrer would break out at the end of this year. I mean the guy is on fire.
     
  3. Fedexeon

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    Andy Murray. If he doesn't get injured again.
     
  4. boojay

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    Roger Federer.

    Golden Slam. 50+ match winning streak. Record for most Masters Series won in one year. 10+ million in prize money.

    Uh.....what else?
     
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    Dancevic..
     
  6. 35201

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    Gasquet, Murray, and I sooo want to say Mikhail Youzhny.
     
  7. 35201

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    I apologize for the double-post.

    I was also thinking maybe someone like Shahar Peer or Tatiana Golovin might surprise us and win a Slam.
     
  8. mrDamien

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    Voted Karlovic. This year he had won 3 different surfaces. Just like Fed.
     
  9. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    Donald Young, Ernest Gulbis, and Mariano Puerta :grin: .
     
  10. Maestro Nalbandian

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    Lewis Hamilton?

    Djokovic or Nalbandian, one or the other to win a grand slam.
     
  11. MichaelNadal

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    Andy Murray? highly doubt it. I do think Ferrer is going to be someone to keep an eye on however. Ill hold it down and throw Carlos Moya in there too :) (i know i know)
     
  12. TheNatural

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    Lleyton Hewitt is going to win Wimbledon
     
  13. caulcano

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    Murray gets my vote. Missed quite a few months of through injury & still finished 11th.
     
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    Juan Martin Del Potro
     
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    stanislas wawrinka?
     
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    Well I would like to see Korolev have a great year, Cilic will do well but I expect bigger things fron Ernests Gulbis.

    Other than those young guns, I think Tomas Berdych will push on a little bit.
     
  17. futuretoptenner

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    Definitely Murray , I can see him taking the number two spot/three spot by the end of 2008.

    I'd like to see Gasquet come break the top 5, but I'm skeptical.
     
  18. Batoussai

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    Gasquet if he keeps it together... followed by Murray and Nalbandian will take some nice spots in tournaments...
     
  19. david22

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    Gasquet and Murray
    Nalbandian will certainly have a great year but that won't be considered as a breakthrough as he has already been in the top 3 before.
     
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    My bad, I guess he did that this year. Ok, $12+ mill then.
     
  21. Federer's pet goat Leanne

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    It's certainly possible.

    Breakout year... hmm I'm gonna say.... Murray, but I'm not sure how he will fare without Gilbert.

    I don't think Ferrer is going to make any significant impact though.. People who gets destroyed by Federer at the TMC does not make a comeback.
    Gaudio, Blake, and unfortunately, David Ferrer.

    However, he didn't get bageled by Federer during the TMC. That may be worth mentioning... we'll see.
     
  22. HyperHorse

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    Andy Murray... No doubt in my mind..
     
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    Does he have bionic knees?
    Does he meditate daily now?
     
  25. jmsx521

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    Wawrinka, Tursunov and Caleri I see getting 5-10 places better in the rankings. All three of them are shot makers and we already know they either hit a lot of winners... or if they're off -- a lot of errors. Not that I believe they can improve anything significant in their games, but I believe they can get more consistent only based on getting more experience.
    I am skeptical too.
    Who is he?
    Mine too!
    I see Dancevic exactly where he is now.

    Verdasco's game has been getting more and more consistent. I don't necessarily see him doing well on clay, but I think he can get 5-10 spaces better in the rankings.

    I know some of you might think I am joking, but I see #98 Fognini in the top 30 by the end of 2008. We saw him getting trashed at the US Open, and we called him a one-dimensional... and having no plan "B"... but, we also said the same thing of Nadal at the 2004 US Open... when he got trashed by Roddick easily... and he was yet to prove that he'll be a great player.

    I've already talked about Kiefer, experiencing the Canas effect, i.e., coming fresh on the tour because of his long injury-recovery rest. Plus, he has tons of experience from the past. I see Kiefer in the top 15.

    I see Puerta and Ancic having the Canas effect too.

    I see Nalbandian remaining in the top 10.
     
  26. superman1

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    Murray. This should have been his breakout year.
     
  27. CyBorg

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    Hopefully Murray. Tennis needs this guy.
     
  28. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    How much better can Murray get? I am just curious. :confused:
     
  29. Feña14

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    Gulbis!

    I think he'll break away from the pack and climb into the top 15.
     
  30. Buuurnz

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    so many guys are going with murray and gasquet...I'm sick of people preditcting the same great seasons for those 2 every year! Last year people were saying oh gasquet and murray will be in top 5...! they didnt do any damage to almost nobody this year tho! They will be top 20 players but no more than this is my prediction! people tend to overrate both of them!
     
  31. Rickson

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    I'm gonna have to go with Federer and the Grand Slam. I think it's long overdue and I just can't see him being stopped in 08.
     
  32. Rabbit

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    Hey Rickson, long time!

    Federer himself said his goal is not the Grand Slam but the Golden Slam. It would appear he wants the Olympics as well.

    Nads didn't look too threatening in the Masters tournament. This may be Federer's best year for a shot at the French.
     
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    Hey, Rab. I'm not gonna goat you into another wager, but...
     
  34. ninman

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    I'll take that bet, I agree with you the Grand Slam from the Feds is long overdue, he should have done it two years running now. You feel with the Olympics this year that fate is on his side, not that I believe in all of that, but it just feels like this will be his historical year.
     
  35. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    I hope you're right. I love his game and attitude. Based on his performance in the Montreal Masters it looks like he's got a good shot at breaking into the upper tier.
     
  36. futuretoptenner

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    I think he has the potential to win multiple GS and eventually reach the number one spot during the decline of Federer. I wouldn't be surprised to see him take the number two spot next year.
     
  37. cknobman

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    Fed will win the French Open and Andy Murray will be top 5.

    All the rest....wont really matter.
     
  38. gdsballer

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    ancic is gonna come back into the top 10
     
  39. bangchu

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    Yah, when pigs can climb trees. :confused:
     
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    I just want to see Roger win the French and Justine to win Wimbledon.
     
  41. Feña14

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    Mate, Murray was injured from April to August and missed 2 slams lol. There is no doubt Murray would already be in the top 5 if he didn' have the nasty wrist injury.
     
  42. Rabbit

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  43. samster

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    Nalbandian, of course.
     
  44. drakulie

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    I second this. In addition, I believe Nadal will break out with a new larger frame. :wink:
     
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    I like del portro, murray, and my BOY SAM QUERRY
     
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    Gaston Gaudio Hopefully when he returns from Injury?
    or Alicia Molik she used to be top 10
     
  47. Rabbit

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    Nads is going to have to do something if his performance against Federer at the Masters was any indication of things to come. He looked....well impotent against Federer. Federer pushed Nads way back behind the baseline and then just abused him. I said it a while back, it took some time, but the other pros are starting to figure Nads out. He isn't the second coming of Borg after all.

    This is not to say that Nads won't win another French, although I don't think he'll win it this year. But, as long as Federer plays in the other 3 Grand Slams, Nads won't be hoisting or biting the winner's trophy. By the time Federer loses that lovin' feeling, who knows what youngster will have come along to supplant him.

    And, 6 months after Federer retires, there will be an army of folks on the boards claiming that Federer had it easy, the competition wasn't that tough, the players weren't as good, etc.
     
  48. l_gonzalez

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    Gulbis... the guy has a HUGE game. If he gets a decent draw i think he might do some serious damage at the Aussie Open.
     
  49. Ossric

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    Lewis Hamilton was F1's premier rookie this year coming in second in the championship points race behind Kimi Raikkonnen.
     
  50. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    Good call on Gulbis. Was it the US Open where he made it deep into the draw and lost to Moya? He looked great in that tournament, head and shoulders above all other sub-20 year olds I've seen in recent times.
     

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