2015 Players Performance Report

FreeBird

Legend
2 months have already passed. Let's see how the players have performed:

Djokovic: Continued from where he left in Nov.

Stan: Best player after Djokovic imo at present. Will finish in Top 6.

Nadal: Fitness still a huge concern.

Federer: Not dominating like last year.

Murray: 2012-13 Murray is back: Plays well at GS and doesn't give a **** about Masters and lower tournaments.

Nishikori: Continued from where he left in Nov.

Raonic:
Improvement as compared to 2014 esp. BH.

Berdych: 2.0 version initiated.

Ferrer: Decent start. Heading towards Top 10 YE finish but won't qualify for WTF imo.

Cilic, Delpo, Tsonga: :(


Dimitrov:
Horrible form. Needs to sort out his head. Otherwise, might have a season similar to Janowicz's 2014 (okay it can't be that horrid).

Gulbis: LOL....

Klizan:
Why is he not hiring a good physical trainer? He has potential but looks like it will be wasted.

Janowicz: Will surely have a better season than 2014. :lol:



What are your thoughts? Who will have a stellar season? Who will disappoint?



As for the promising players::

Kyrgios: He is the real deal along with Coric. Another QF at slam. But prone to injuries already.

Coric:
Dude will climb the rankings this year and could finish in Top 20. But, to become a GS material, he needs some injection of pace in his ground strokes. We can grant him a little leeway since he is only 18.

Tomic: Has not lost a single match this year before 3R. Started playing outside Aus. :lol: He will be in Top 15 by the end of year.


Kokk: Decent start. Overrated but will have a decent career.

Zverev: Didn't impress me much but is only 17.

Thiem and Vesely: Need some immediate work on their techniques.

Nishioka: Too short..Let's see how he performs at Masters level.

Hyeon Chung: Unsung hero. Didn't see much of him except for Juniors W final. Wonder why people don't talk about him while Kokk and Zverev have been hyped as ****.
 
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Nathaniel_Near

Guest
Kyrgios is dealing with back problems and Dimitrov needs a lot of time because he's using a new racket.
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
Goffin : Expected him to rise up, but results are disappointing.

Stan : showed heart and is back on his way to top 6.

Coric : Shows promise. Think he will reach 20-30 rank this year.

Kyrgios : will do top 20 unless injured.

Vesely, Thiem , Kokkinakis - looks like will need another year.

Here is my top 10 for end of year:

Novak
Nishikori
Raonic
Berdych
Murray
Federer
Rafa
Ferrer
Stan
Cilic
 

Inanimate_object

Hall of Fame
Federer has won more tournaments at this point in the season than he did in 2014.

There have been no Masters 100 events so far in the season. So how can Murray show his preference between them and the slams?
 
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Nathaniel_Near

Guest
Berdych at #4 and Raonic at #3? Bold call! Don't see it...
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
Kyrgios : will do top 20 unless injured.
seems he won't play the next davis cup tie.
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/31636623
back in IW ?
Dimitrov: Horrible form. Needs to sort out his head. Otherwise, might have a season similar to Janowicz's 2014 (okay it can't be that horrid).

Gulbis: LOL....
these 2 could have played each other in DC next week... but none of them will play the LAT-BUL tie !
on the other hand, an interesting raonic-nishikori could happen in canada...
 
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D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
You forgot 2nd player in Race to London just behind Aussie winner. He seems to be in fine form this season, motivated too.
 
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Nathaniel_Near

Guest
seems he won't play the next davis cup tie.
back in IW ?
Reports are unclear; we can only hope that Kyrgios will be back for the first 1000 event of the season. He tried everything he could to be ready for the Davis Cup tie but doctors have advised against his participation.


:cry:
 

FreeBird

Legend
As for the promising players::

Kyrgios: He is the real deal along with Coric. Another QF at slam. But prone to injuries already.

Coric: Dude will climb the rankings this year and could finish in Top 20. But, to become a GS material, he needs some injection of pace in his ground strokes. We can grant him a little leeway since he is only 18.


Kokk: Decent start. Overrated but will have a decent career.

Zverev: Didn't impress me much but is only 17.

Thiem and Vesely: Need some immediate work on their techniques.

Nishioka: Too short..Let's see how he performs at Masters level.

Hyeon Chung: Unsung hero. Didn't see much of him except for Juniors W final. Wonder why people don't talk about him while Kokk and Zverev have been hyped as ****.
 

chicagodude

Professional
Djokovic: Continued from where he left in Nov. Agreed. Chances of a dominant year.
Stan: Best player after Djokovic imo at present. Will finish in Top 6. Agreed
Nadal: Fitness still a huge concern. Hm, fitness seems okay, I'm concerned with his motivation and confidence. Seems burned out already, despite not playing most of the past 7 months.
Federer: Not dominating like last year. Expect another solid year, but no slams.
Murray: 2012-13 Murray is back. Contrary to others, I expect a strong year from him and finish in the top 4.
Nishikori: Continued from where he left in Nov. Expect at least another GS final
Raonic: Improvement as compared to 2014 esp. BH. Solid year ahead but still falling short mostly against top 5-6
Berdych: 2.0 version initiated. Impressed with his play so far, looks leaner/fitter, hope he makes a GS final this year.
Ferrer: Decent start. Heading towards Top 10 YE finish but won't qualify for WTF imo. I think he might, he's looking pretty good and his consistency may get him there

Dimitrov: Horrible form. Expect a mediocre year but strong return in 2016
As for the 'youngsters':
Kyrgios/Coric/Thiem: I think they will be inconsistent again this year, but have good results and end up in the 20-30 range, maybe slightly higher if having 1 good GS run. thiem slightly lesser results than the other 2 I think.
Kokkinakis: expect him to make steady progress, maybe towards top 50 near the end of 2015
Vesely: no idea, maybe steady top 40 this year.
 

D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
Except Berdych 2.0 doesn't exists in actual.

Raonic strengthening his game could make him next David Ferrer at the most.

Murray's performance heavily dependent on draw he's facing, form is irrelevant factor. I expect him deservedly getting replaced by Nishikori in Top 4 from here. We've new solid player, Murray has no business staying at top now.

Nadal will be in trouble if drops out of Top 4 ahead of FO.

Federer will surprise Tennis World again winning Masters or possibly GS this season.

Decline of Noel ground game is worrying.

Wawr can win FO, if keeps his head straight.

Cilic is unknown but very few players can beat him if he catches fire. I expect something extra from him at Wimbledon, possibly winner.
 
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Nathaniel_Near

Guest
Yeah. Berdych 2.0 is just a myth right now (or an assumption).

Now that I've said that, watch him crush Djokovic and Federer to win Dubai. :lol:

Naaaah, not gonn' happen yo'.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Murray: 2012-13 Murray is back
Oh, how I wish. I think back nostalgically to how he was back then!


Federer has won more tournaments at this point in the season than he did in 2014.

There have been no Masters 100 events so far in the season. So how can Murray show his preference between them and the slams?
Well, Murray hasn't got past the quarter-final of any Masters tournament since 2013 Miami, 2 years ago now. Since winning 2013 Wimbledon, he's made 2 semi-finals and 1 final in the Slams so it does seem as if Slams are his current priority and he will only get motivated enough for anything less if he needs to gain ranking points so he can make the WTF for instance as happened towards the end of last year.
 
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Mainad

Bionic Poster
Murray's performance heavily dependent on draw he's facing, form is irrelevant factor.
I don't know why I bother but I just can't resist. You actually think Murray was on his usual form against Coric today and that making 55 UEs is his usual level of play? :)

I expect him deservedly getting replaced by Nishikori in Top 4 from here. We've new solid player, Murray has no business staying at top now.
Looking at the level of today's play you might be forgiven for thinking that but on the other hand Murray is one of only 2 players to make a Slam final so far this season. What finals has Nishikori made? Memphis and probably Acapulco!
 

FEDERERNADAL13

Hall of Fame
Alright here goes my report for the start of 2015:

Djokovic: Keeps doing what he's been doing for quite some time now. It seems like the only people who are going to beat him will be zoning top 5 players. Is he going to be the first to fight through the "curse" of fatherhood? :) So far he looks like he'll be winning many tournaments.

Federer: One rough match thrown in between quite a few good ones, including a title already and a semi at least in Dubai. This could be a 2014 or 2011 esque year for Fed, with one or two shots at a major and a decent amount of titles.

Nadal: I'm worried about him. He just appears to be in bad form, but in any match he is down in he seems to grab at his body as if he is injured. He is starting to look checked out mentally, but I'm thinking once he wins a title he'll be back on track.

Murray: Ah, the Murray of old. Playing VERY well in a major, but nowhere to be found in the smaller tournaments. Hopefully he'll look good in IW/Miami.

Nishikori: Good start to the year it seems. Solid showings so far, a title to his name, looks to be a tough out at every tournament he enters, sort of like Novak.

Raonic: He puzzles me. When he wins, he shows off better ground strokes with more consistency, and a better return game. When he loses, he can't make a return and cannot keep a rally going longer than 5 shots. Hopefully he starts playing at his highest level more consistently.

Wawrinka: He is looking GOOD right now. Chennai and Rotterdam titles, a close 5 set semi with the AO champion, and #2 in the race. He is having a start to this year not unlike his start to last year. If he can do it for the whole year, he can push for the top 4 rankings again, maybe even #1.

Berdych: I've seen a major improvement in him... probably the change from wearing a hat to NOT wearing a hat! (Imagine what Roddick could have done if he only figured this out LOL). Jokes aside, he seems more confident against the top guns, hopefully he can keep this up.

Ferrer: Ferru is doing Ferru. Winning tournaments, going deep in every event, working hard. Not much to see here, he's doing his job, going about his business.

Dimitrov: What a mess! Good brisbane, good AO, then *RACKET SWITCH*, and he can't win more than one match in a row.... Hopefully he works this out, he had a great last season and it would be a shame for him to regress right now.

Now for some of my other favourites:

Anderson: Having a pretty good year so far. Struggling against Troicki as we speak, but what can you do.

Karlovic: Looking dangerous. Instead of just a threat to win a match, he's been consistently reaching the later stages of tournaments, it seems.

Stakhovsky: Don't look now but he's marching up the rankings. Took berdych to three this morning, playing very good tennis!

Bolelli: This year he has been playing very well, usually winning at least one match per tournament, which is an accomplishment! And there was that top 10 win, to end the goose egg.


Looking forward to the next 1/4 of the season!!!

-FN13
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Good summary Bird. I think Djokovic might bag the Novak Major and actually make a big run at the French contrary to what Fiji says. Then after the French he is going to struggle. I think SF's or QF's at Wimbldon and USO are possible. Next big major run will be AO and or Wimbledon 2016. Murray will be pumped at home at Wimbledon this year.
 

romeo8880

G.O.A.T.
Good summary Bird. I think Djokovic might bag the Novak Major and actually make a big run at the French contrary to what Fiji says. Then after the French he is going to struggle. I think SF's or QF's at Wimbldon and USO are possible. Next big major run will be AO and or Wimbledon 2016. Murray will be pumped at home at Wimbledon this year.


Murray can't serve. Unless he improves it, he has no chance at winning another major.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster

Murray: Ah, the Murray of old. Playing VERY well in a major, but nowhere to be found in the smaller tournaments. Hopefully he'll look good in IW/Miami.


The Murray of OLD? The Murray of old played well in both Majors AND smaller tournaments. He won 29 of his 31 titles in smaller tournaments. It's the NEW Murray that can't seem to hack it in anything less than a Slam. It's the old Murray I want back!
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
Djokovic: will be dominant on hard courts as usual.

Federer: A bit of fluke loss at the AO considering he said he didn't have too much of a break in the off season this could be due to fatigue. Still a massive threat in Bo3 matches and form in Dubai and IW will be very telling of how he will do for the rest of the year.

Nadal: will struggle a bit like last year first half

Murray: consistent at majors and can go deep with some really favourable draws like the AO, but terrible at lesser events and still won't beat Fedalovic (okay maybe Nadal off clay)
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
The Murray of OLD? The Murray of old played well in both Majors AND smaller tournaments. He won 29 of his 31 titles in smaller tournaments. It's the NEW Murray that can't seem to hack it in anything less than a Slam. It's the old Murray I want back!
He was stinking in majors at times before losing to Cilic, Stan when they were not big players.

At least now, he makes sure he takes advantage of draws at majors and makes SF at FO.
 

FEDERERNADAL13

Hall of Fame
The Murray of OLD? The Murray of old played well in both Majors AND smaller tournaments. He won 29 of his 31 titles in smaller tournaments. It's the NEW Murray that can't seem to hack it in anything less than a Slam. It's the old Murray I want back!
In 2012-13, he made 3 masters 1000 finals and won one.

In 2010-11, he won 4 masters 1000 titles, as well as more titles in 2009 and 2008.

It would appear he performed better in the smaller events prior to 2012.

In 2012 and 2013, he made 4 major finals, and won 2, as well as the olympic title. In 2010 and 2011 he made two semis.

The "Murray of old" or prime Murray seems to do better in slams than before, but worse in smaller events.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
He was stinking in majors at times before losing to Cilic, Stan when they were not big players.
Sure, but he made many finals as well and along the way, he was also winning lesser titles like Masters. It is now 2 years since he last got past the quarter-finals of a Masters.

At least now, he makes sure he takes advantage of draws at majors and makes SF at FO.
Sure and kudos to him for being so consistent at the biggest events but the lesser ones still matter and can help support his ranking plus get him into the habit of winning big titles again. It's a mistake to just think he can turn it on for the Slams and neglect everything else. Djoko, Fed and Rafa have never thought that way and I'm really surprised Murray has fallen into that pattern when he used to be so good at the smaller events. Maybe since his op he doesn't think he is physically able to be as consistent at the smaller events as he used to be and is conserving all his energy for the Slams. Maybe that's a factor we haven't considered?
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
In 2012-13, he made 3 masters 1000 finals and won one.

In 2010-11, he won 4 masters 1000 titles, as well as more titles in 2009 and 2008.

It would appear he performed better in the smaller events prior to 2012.

In 2012 and 2013, he made 4 major finals, and won 2, as well as the olympic title. In 2010 and 2011 he made two semis.

The "Murray of old" or prime Murray seems to do better in slams than before, but worse in smaller events.
I don't agree. By your own admission, Murray was winning Masters titles and getting to finals up to 2013. Since 2013 he has failed to get past a quarter-final at a Masters. The 'new' Murray remains very consistent at the Slams but his Masters performances and in anything lesser have slumped badly with the exception of the autumn of 2014 when he roused himself to win 3 small titles in succession so as to gain enough points to qualify for London.
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
Sure, but he made many finals as well and along the way, he was also winning lesser titles like Masters. It is now 2 years since he last got past the quarter-finals of a Masters.



Sure and kudos to him for being so consistent at the biggest events but the lesser ones still matter and can help support his ranking plus get him into the habit of winning big titles again. It's a mistake to just think he can turn it on for the Slams and neglect everything else. Djoko, Fed and Rafa have never thought that way and I'm really surprised Murray has fallen into that pattern when he used to be so good at the smaller events. Maybe since his op he doesn't think he is physically able to be as consistent at the smaller events as he used to be and is conserving all his energy for the Slams. Maybe that's a factor we haven't considered?
Would you like Murray to be consistent at masters and lose at majors or the other way ?

We are talking about Murray and you need to have realistic expectations. He cannot win everywhere. You have to choose the best option and the current scenario works out better.
 

D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
I don't know why I bother but I just can't resist. You actually think Murray was on his usual form against Coric today and that making 55 UEs is his usual level of play? :)



Looking at the level of today's play you might be forgiven for thinking that but on the other hand Murray is one of only 2 players to make a Slam final so far this season. What finals has Nishikori made? Memphis and probably Acapulco!
and you believe, above defensive fanboy rant deserves proper reply? LOLz.

Again I see you have nothing positive to contribute this thread. The sole reason, you came here is insecurity.




^ This perfectly sums up your contribution in this thread.
 
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FEDERERNADAL13

Hall of Fame
I don't agree. By your own admission, Murray was winning Masters titles and getting to finals up to 2013. Since 2013 he has failed to get past a quarter-final at a Masters. The 'new' Murray remains very consistent at the Slams but his Masters performances and in anything lesser have slumped badly with the exception of the autumn of 2014 when he roused himself to win 3 small titles in succession so as to gain enough points to qualify for London.
He got much much much better in the slams after 2011, you simply must agree with that.

Last I have to say on Murray though, I hope he gets his head together, but he was just one of many players I talked about in my comments.
 

Bionic slice

Semi-Pro
Djokovic: Seems to be still on top form, most consistent player and best conditioned pro IMO for the past 3 years. If he can stay healthy and make cut back on a tourney or too to stay fresh physically and mentally I see Novie having a great shot a few more masters and at least 2 more slams. He will remain #1

Stan: I can see Stan potentially switching spots with Rodger and finishing as the #2 player in the world. If he can keep his form and peak at the right moments, he could win another GS or 2 this year.

Nadal: Hasn't been the Nadal of old for quite some time now and physically is body was once his edge and so dominant to even dethrone the court King FED as the top dog. Now, RAFA is showing his physical age like a men's over 40 former star who cannot compete with some the young guns or top players as injuries keep replacing themselves with a new issue. Yes, his conditioning isn't in top form but neither was Murray last year post back surgery. The Million dollar question, he get stay fit and healthy to make a run at the French. I say, he can make a run but he might finally drop out of the top 7 this year if he cant. Mentally he isn't the name Rafa either who can pull a 5 setter like he did so often. He will need to get some luck and win faster if he really wants another GS or master this year.

Federer. He still has all the tools, all the gifts of the great FED we saw dominate the tour but he doesn't have the same recovery as before and he like Rafa need to avoid winning long, drawn out matches as the younger elite. He needs to avoid having any Kvitova moments if he has any shot at getting back past the Quarters in a GS. Should finish top 5 this year if he doesn't get hurt. He needs to cut back on some matches and work on staying Fresh. S & V and go for the win on Grass.

Murray: Is he a top 5 or top 10 player? He has the ability to be Top 5 but is so weak mentally like top junior. He sometimes gets a easy win and then eats a bagel and loss. He needs Brad Gilbert to work with him to get over his mental hump!!! He still may not be 100 post injury recovery, maybe he as well needs to cut back so he doesn't become that guy who could have been...blah blah blah. Top 10 finish but younger stars are knocking at the door so he needs to get his act together as a new talent pool is getting close to challenging the current top pros.

Nishikori: He is like a young Nadal who has the talent, ability , get fighter, that fire and hunger to be a champion but need to also take it a little easier on his schedule. I see kei as top 4 this year he or Stan might be the one to take GS from Novie. This is his best time like Stan to win.

Raonic: We see glimmers of star and then loses and we go..what? Top 10, will make a master run to final but likely lose in QTR in GS unless he can learn from last year.

Berdych: Maybe one of the best players to never win the big match. Remember how Jordan use to play in the zone and would just flat out dominate. Why cant BERDY rise to and win that semi or final? If he could find that answer, don't share it with Murray as they could be 1 and 2 if they ever figured that out. I don't see him getting higher than 4 as he is just not good enough but maybe with the coaching change and this year might bring him a nice trophy.

Ferrer: He might be the top ranked Spaniard at the end of the year, definitely top 10/12. Such a fun player to watch but like Berdych I don't see it happening winning a GS unless he gets a great draw and a little luck. Are his best years are behind him? We keep seeing he preform well but not win at the big dance. He might make some noise on clay but more like a master final win but he should make a good run at the FO too.

Dimitrov: He is still learning and will have a few big wins and also some bad losses as he is still wearing his atp diapers. I see him making it to the 4th round or better at most big events this year. Top 10??

I'm more interested in seeing how Kyrgios, Coric, Tomic, Thiem and Vesely do this year.

Bonus, We have also finally seem some Americans make it through a round or too on the men's side. D Young is winning a little now, but I see Sam and John best days are behind them as we might not have a top 20 us player this year.
 

Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
Reading this thread has made me think about how fortunate I am to be a Fed fan. I don't have to worry about anything, even though I still choose to sometimes.

If Fed retires tomorrow, he is the GOAT.
If Fed wins 3 slams this year, he is the GOAT (plus I get to gloat on here).
If Fed loses in the 1R at every tournament this year, he is the GOAT.
If Fed beats Djokovic, he is the GOAT (plus I get to gloat on here).
If Fed loses to Djokovic, he is the GOAT (plus I get money because I always bet heavily on Djokovic in their matches).

I can't lose, and neither can Roger. :twisted:
I think I will go and have a drink.

 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Reading this thread has made me think about how fortunate I am to be a Fed fan. I don't have to worry about anything, even though I still choose to sometimes.

If Fed retires tomorrow, he is the GOAT.
If Fed wins 3 slams this year, he is the GOAT (plus I get to gloat on here).
If Fed loses in the 1R at every tournament this year, he is the GOAT.
If Fed beats Djokovic, he is the GOAT (plus I get to gloat on here).
If Fed loses to Djokovic, he is the GOAT (plus I get money because I always bet heavily on Djokovic in their matches).

I can't lose, and neither can Roger. :twisted:
I think I will go and have a drink.

Yes, but can you really enjoy the cash you win???
 
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