Here's the ATP stats on Evgeny
Korolev has a great future. He's got a great serve, killer backhand, and a great offensive all-court game. He excels indoors on hardcourts and carpets (on the challenger tour), but is also a competent claycourter.Age: 21 (14.02.1988 )
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Residence: Moscow, Russia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)
Turned Pro: 2005
Coach: Evgeny Korolev
He's won 4 challengers on carpet (including 1 this year) and a challenger on clay.
He was the 2009 ATP Delray Beach finalist (l. to Mardy Fish)
Recently, Evgeny defeated Jan Hajek, Simone Bolleli, and Jeremy Chardy in Basel before losing to defending Champion and World #1 Roger Federer.
Notably, he defeated Kunitsyn and Safin in Moscow this year.
Other notable scalps include
- Davydenko in Marseille
- Moya in Barcelona
- Canas in Houston
- Bjorkman and Soderling in Rome
- Gonzalez in Las Vegas
- Mathieu in Sydney
- Wawrinka in Halle
- and Melzer in Zagreb.
In 2007 he beat Blake, Del Potro, and Querry all in a row in Las Vegas.
Korolev clearly has the stuff to compete in the Top 50 of tennis, but I'm going to go out on a limb and predict Korolev in the Top 20 at the end of 2010.
Anyone else agree about Korolev, or have any other predictions for newcomers to the Top 20 for 2010?