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stringertom 02-27-2013 08:09 AM

The Daniel: Emerging Star or Flash In The Pan?
 
Brands continues his hot '13 start with a QF (or better) run at Dubai. This is his second strong run in the desert (SF @Doha played Gasquet tough in that match). He also went 3R @AO and played subaTomic tough in his loss.

He hit his peak ranking (66) after 4R '10Wimby at age 22 but dipped below #200 after that...injury or other issues???

He's gotten himself in range by doing well at Challenger level and playing through qualies at every event this year. This run should secure direct acceptance at majors and seeding for qualies at MS1000's, making it a bit easier to climb the rankings.

Does he have the goods to approach and stay top 30? He's 25 so it's prime he's in but not for a long window of opportunity. Big serve/FH combo. Can he add a bit more to get over the top?

Duncan Bell 02-27-2013 08:32 AM

A thread for Brands! Arooooga! Let's do this thing Danny! I really like him so am quite biased and would love to see him start challenging for top 25. It appears he's turned something of a corner but it's really too early to tell.

spinovic 02-27-2013 08:47 AM

He impressed me early in the year. Hope he does well in 2013.

stringertom 02-27-2013 08:52 AM

Next up, I believe, is Delpo, who Brands lost to in a heartbreaker @Vienna last fall (3 TBs!). Could be another tight one!

Duncan Bell 02-27-2013 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by stringertom (Post 7239715)
Next up, I believe, is Delpo, who Brands lost to in a heartbreaker @Vienna last fall (3 TBs!). Could be another tight one!

Yup that's when he caught my eye and I've looked out for him since. Fun to watch, for sure.

jwjh 02-27-2013 09:44 AM

I'm supporting Brands because he looks like he could be cast as Clark Kent. Shallow, I know.



Tammo 02-27-2013 09:53 AM

I think he will beat Delpo.

And he lost to Tomic in round 2 i believe. 3 very close sets

always_crosscourt 02-27-2013 10:34 AM

Of course he's a flash in the pan.

If anything watching tennis has taught me it's that the real deal barely ever emerges. Probably once a century.

Duncan Bell 02-27-2013 02:23 PM

He's not a flash in the pan or an emerging star. Hes probably an emerging top 25 player.

stringertom 02-27-2013 02:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duncan Bell (Post 7239723)
Yup that's when he caught my eye and I've looked out for him since. Fun to watch, for sure.

That match had some sick stats...zero breaks, Brands saving 10 BPs, 62 total aces (32/30) and the three TBs. Outdoors, I don't think they'll get that many aces but it's gonna be first-strike ballbashing!

tennisaddict 02-27-2013 05:22 PM

I liked the way he played at the AO vs Tomic. Sad that he lost the tiebreak. Tomic played a couple of excellent points.

Relinquis 02-28-2013 02:38 AM

Haven't seen too much of him, but I like his attacking style.

Good serve and volley game... big hitter as well... But that's not enough...

Where is his return game?!
i wonder if he can grind it out well enough at the baseline like Simon, or work the angles Davydenko style. Those are the areas he'll need to improve on if he wants to break serve more often. His return of serve on the backhand side needs work.

Holding serve is only half the battle, he needs to be able to break his opponent's serve often.

stringertom 02-28-2013 11:15 AM

Sadly, The Daniel was just plain Brand X today. Unlike Vienna, he crashed all three times on BPs and never got a sniff on JMDP's serve. Still, this should boost him a bit in the rankings and avoid the qualie grind for a lot of the events this spring.

stringertom 03-06-2013 09:11 PM

The Daniel gets through his qualies and draws Baggy as his first-round opponent...he's going a third day in a row vs a rested Marcos. Can he pull another win in a desert matchup???

I think he's ready...Brands in three!

Duncan Bell 03-06-2013 10:58 PM

Yeah, go on Daniel.

TahoeTennis 03-07-2013 02:28 PM

Just gave baggy a breakfast bagel in the first set. But I think Baggy will come back. Anyone out there watching this live? Is he dominating or Baggy just sucking, or a combo.

corners 03-07-2013 02:57 PM

He played at an extremely high level at AO.

vive le beau jeu ! 03-07-2013 03:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TahoeTennis (Post 7257456)
Just gave baggy a breakfast bagel in the first set. But I think Baggy will come back. Anyone out there watching this live? Is he dominating or Baggy just sucking, or a combo.

i hope marcos will come back too... pame ! :)

stringertom 03-07-2013 03:37 PM

Baggy "branded" by The Daniel! DB thrives in the desert...first Doha, then Dubai and now a good win in IW. Keep it up!

Relinquis 03-07-2013 04:04 PM

very good result for him. that second set seems like it was close.

it seems brands ends up playing a lot of tie-breaks. he serves and volleys a lot which is good, but he needs to develop his return game strategy.


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