Blake and Ginepri predictions?

jcwg74

New User
Just wondering if people think either or both Blake and Ginepri will finish the 2006 season ranked in the Top Ten?
My Prediction:
Blake will make at least one slam semi, win a couple hard court tourneys and, yes, be a top ten player next year. The crucible of personal experience Blake experienced in 2004 seems to have turned him into a different player.
I find Ginepri a little tougher to read, what with his laconic southern laid back persona, so I don't have a clue what he'll accomplish next year. Top ten isn't out of the question, but I wouldn't bet nearly as much money on it as I would for Blake.
 

GotGame?

Rookie
Both now believe that they have the games to contend, and I don't think they are going to stop walloping the ball. It seems to me that there games should fare well on all surfaces, but it is still to be seen how these new, improved versions of these players play on foreign soil.

They are surely capable, but I'm not too sure they can keep it up. Both players kept it consistent during their home stretch, though. They also can push Federer as seen through their matches this summer. If they can keep up this type of playing level, top ten should be in their sights. It seems like they've already been in the spotlight, pushing Agassi to five sets in the quarters and semis of the USO, respectively.
 

Matt H.

Professional
well, it was nice to see them do good at the Open. Let's first see if it's for real and not just a little hot streak at their home grand slam.

The difference between Blake and Ginepri is that Blake has the forehand weapon. Both need to stay mentally tough to win, but the mental part is even more so important with Ginepri.
 

VamosRafa

Hall of Fame
Matt H. said:
well, it was nice to see them do good at the Open. Let's first see if it's for real and not just a little hot streak at their home grand slam.

The difference between Blake and Ginepri is that Blake has the forehand weapon. Both need to stay mentally tough to win, but the mental part is even more so important with Ginepri.
I agee. Some players tend to run hot and cold, and others are more consistent, but of course they aren't the flavor of the month, like Blake and Ginepri have been.

It will be interesting to see how they do long term, especially now that they are in their mid-20's?
 

Matthew

Professional
Blake has more potential I think. With a little more discipline and consistency he might be able to make it into the Top 10 next season, but I just don't see that happening. It will be interesting to see how he deals with all this attention and now hype surrounding him. He is going to have some bad loses here and there, so we will have to see how he handles them. He has got to keep his confidence rolling because that was vital to his success at the USO this year.
 
Davis Cup disappointment

I was disappointed with Blake's loss to Christophe Rochus at the Davis Cup because he was riding such a high at the US Open. A few of the contributors on earlier boards questioned if Blake could keep that level of play at that high. This tie and a few more tournaments should answer that question. He can't bring the hometown crowd with him on the road in Europe. He needs to take out Olivier Rochus to regain some respect.
 

grif

Rookie
Blake lost to Olivier Rochus. Roddick took out Christophe ... it's easy to confuse the two brothers.
 
They had great summers, and substained very high levels of tennis all summer. However I dont see either of them mantaining their success this summer. I think Blake could be a top 20 player, Ginepri top 30, but that is about it. Blake has more of a chance to threaten the top players in the future though since his forehand and speed are more decisive weapons than any Gienpri has. Ginepri also has a big forehand and is fast, but not to the extent Blake can be IMO.

I would be shocked if they can mantain this success rate on foreign hard courts or indoors, and neither of them will adapt that well to grass or clay. Both can continue to have good results on various type of hard courts however, just not as frequently as good as this summer.
 

krnboijunsung

Semi-Pro
I think both of them are top 20 at best. Ginepri over Blake though, because I don't see Blake being as consistent, and Ginepri's also much more conditioned.

And don't forget, at the US Open, there was alot of momentum with the home crowds. We need to see how they perform out of the states.
 
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