Players that dont do well but you realy like to watch play

Kai2008

New User
Three players i realy like to watch play even if they dont do well are in order of best to last are

1)Feliciano Lopez - I like his serve (think his service action is one of the best ive seen, so flowing) the way he goes for 1st and 2nd serves and how he makes effort noise even though it might be an easy volley for example. i've seen a couple of his matches were he draws the crowd in and makes a dull match a bit more exciting becouse of this. He can also play amzingly well sometimes- see Federer vs Lopez US open 4th round 2007

2)Janko Tipsaravic- He's probably the best shorter guy i've seen play and has also played amazingly well. seems to have alot of 5 set thrillers- see Federer vs Tipsaravic AO 3rd round 2008.

3)Igor Andreve-this one not so much but i like it when he camps in his backhand corner and just hits forehands with lots of top spin, pace and depth.

I know alot of the qualities i've mentioned would not lead to good results but just things that makes me enjoy there play.


Other note. I would also just like to say that i like to watch Roddick's serve. I find i just watch his matches purely for his serve and when he bombs down a fast one the crowd also seem to enjoy it. I think this is a good point because even though sampras for example had a better serve i would'nt watch him for it.
 

edberg505

Legend
Mahut, Young, Ancic and Safin. I would put Tsonga there but it looks like he's coming along quite well now.
 

Klatu Verata Necktie

Hall of Fame
How do you define a player who doesn't do well? Tipsarevic, Lopez, and Andreev are all in the top 30.

The players I like to watch who are ranked below the top 50 and who aren't former top players are Frank Dancevic and Evgeny Korolev.
 

StJamm

Rookie
Lol nobody so far has mentioned any players that "don't do well", all those listed have been current/present top 50 players.. so you can't seriously say that they aren't having a successful career.

My list would be as follows:

Wojciech Starakiewicz
Nikola Mektic
Alex Bogdanovic
 

Kai2008

New User
sorry but i kind of meant not in semis or finals of all the tournaments like Fed, Nadal, Djoko.

This is because some people in the past have said the problem with tennis these days are that there are no characters or interesting...... bla bla bla
With the top 3 there is not a problem but i feel there needs to be more interest across a wider range. I was trying to sugest enjoyable players from within the top 50.

i would like if you could give some idaes as to why you like watching that player like i have in the first post but obviously not as log if you dont want or you can post names but it doesnt get much because most of you will probable say the same name alot.
 

BallzofSkill

Semi-Pro
i'll have to say tipsaravic. i really enjoyed his match vs roddick in this years wimbledon but it might be because i really dislike roddick.
 

35ft6

Legend
When he was playing and "in shape" I heard Andrew Ilie was a player that other player's loved to watch.

I like watching hard hitting small guys, too. And I like watching really lopsided matchups. I feel like you get a better sense of just how good these guys are when there's a mismatch, like when a top D-1 player plays an ATP journeyman and loses 0 and 1. When they're evenly matched, you don't really get a sense of how incredible their consistency, placement, and power is, in the same way you would get a better idea of how fast an NFL kick returner or wide receiver if you saw him racing against the fastest guy at the company picnic.
 
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Kai2008

New User
Charaseac has a good point with Nishikori, i watched him against Nadal at Queens this year and was very inpressed. He didn't seem much bothered by Nadals play and if Nadal wasn't in top form i could have seen him winning that match since he played so well. Entertaining too although he needs to work more on interviews but it was in english wich he might not be best at. I also belive he has a trademark what he calls a flying forehand which he belives is his best shot but the commentator thought his best shot was his backhand. So has great skills and potential but he is young and will probably be near the top in the future.
 

bolo

G.O.A.T.
Charaseac has a good point with Nishikori, i watched him against Nadal at Queens this year and was very inpressed. He didn't seem much bothered by Nadals play and if Nadal wasn't in top form i could have seen him winning that match since he played so well. Entertaining too although he needs to work more on interviews but it was in english wich he might not be best at. I also belive he has a trademark what he calls a flying forehand which he belives is his best shot but the commentator thought his best shot was his backhand. So has great skills and potential but he is young and will probably be near the top in the future.

best shot is probably his forehand, backhand is pretty good too. But this is only from 2 full viewings so.....
 

Kai2008

New User
His 1st seve was also effective but if i remember correctly only when he went down the T and His 2nd seve was a liability (not good At all in other words).
 

Andyk028

Professional
James Blake...I KNOW I KNOW he's in the top 10.

But figure this...he poses no threat to anybody in the top 5.

His game is great, but mentally he cant pull through with a 1-10 five set win record
 

Noveson

Hall of Fame
Verdasco...His talent just slaps you in the face. I really wish he would do well, and get his head in order. I also like to watch Gasquet.
 

bolo

G.O.A.T.
His 1st seve was also effective but if i remember correctly only when he went down the T and His 2nd seve was a liability (not good At all in other words).

Did seem to have an effective first serve although I can't recall if it was better going down the T. Against nadal at queens he seemed to really ramp up the first serve and the % didn't seem to be suffering (unfort. no stats).
 

charaseac

Rookie
Charaseac has a good point with Nishikori, i watched him against Nadal at Queens this year and was very inpressed. He didn't seem much bothered by Nadals play and if Nadal wasn't in top form i could have seen him winning that match since he played so well. Entertaining too although he needs to work more on interviews but it was in english wich he might not be best at. I also belive he has a trademark what he calls a flying forehand which he belives is his best shot but the commentator thought his best shot was his backhand. So has great skills and potential but he is young and will probably be near the top in the future.

Yeah i love his game. It's not about power or whacking stuff out.. he plays with placement and consistency which makes his game very very beautiful to watch. In a way he is like young federer.... His first serve is not that crazy powerful but the ball placement is very very accurate and consistent.. watch queen and how he go down the T most of the times....
 

Warriorroger

Hall of Fame
Tommy Haas. Unfortunate with injuries, a bit of a poor man's Federer. His strokes are beautiful to watch. Sabatini on good days especialy against Graf, those were good matches. Phillipoussis, what a hunk.
 

Kai2008

New User
yeh, i also observed Nishikori's first serve down the T being very effective. I dont think he's the tallest so that's why his other serves looked vuneralble but when it went in i might be wrong but it looked like Nadal had trouble returning it. He was able to attack of other serves though.
 

Kai2008

New User
Another player that cought my eye was Schwank. I was amused by his name at first but after watching him play a match (think against a french guy) he showed some promise. He still needs to improve alot and he looks kind of heavy and less fit than most other pro's. Could be the new nalbandian
 
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Deleted member 22147

Guest
You guys are HILARIOUS!!!

Mentioned so far have been Roddick, Hewitt, Safin, Ferrero, all have won slams and have been number 1 in the world.

Absolute hilarity.

I would say, Bjorn Phau, he could have achieved a lot more I think, Gabashvili, the potential is their but yet he just explodes in most matches, Ascione, explosive player but doesnt seem to have any belief in himself against top players, the guy puzzles me, Harel Levy, had a brief spell in the top 40 in 2000 and dissapeared, Michael Russell, plagued with injury throughout his career, Kevin Kim, somewhat different technically to a lot of the guys, Olivier Patience, great player who just doesn't seem to click in the bigger matches...
 

oranges

Hall of Fame
He hasn't done anything since AO.

It's not as if he has been playing much. He should somehow win while injured?

I agree that most of the choices do not really fit the "not doing well" category. It makes it seem as if only Federer and Nadal are doing well, with Djokovic receiving barely a passing a mark.
I absolutely love Ancic's game. He could do better, but not doing well :confused: He climbed over 100 places in a few months after playing only a few tournaments in a year and a half. Guys in top 15 not doing well :confused:
 

Kai2008

New User
some people are upset with the not doing well trem i used. i just wanted to say that i found F . Lopez's play entertaining and dont see him winning many tournaments and sometimes going out early but i still watch him because of the reasons i said in the first post.
 

edberg505

Legend
You guys are HILARIOUS!!!

Mentioned so far have been Roddick, Hewitt, Safin, Ferrero, all have won slams and have been number 1 in the world.

Absolute hilarity.

I would say, Bjorn Phau, he could have achieved a lot more I think, Gabashvili, the potential is their but yet he just explodes in most matches, Ascione, explosive player but doesnt seem to have any belief in himself against top players, the guy puzzles me, Harel Levy, had a brief spell in the top 40 in 2000 and dissapeared, Michael Russell, plagued with injury throughout his career, Kevin Kim, somewhat different technically to a lot of the guys, Olivier Patience, great player who just doesn't seem to click in the bigger matches...

I don't see what's so hilarious about some of those choices. The OP said players who don't do well, not players who have done well in the past. When was the last time Safin won a title? Actually, when was the last time Safin even made i past the quarters not counting this Wimbledon?
 

drive

Semi-Pro
Umm, he is coming along considering he was nowhere near his current ranking last year genius. I can see you are still bitter about that *** whooping that he gave Nadal in the Aussie Open. And you are aware the he has had knee surgery right? :-?
Nadal would beat him 9 out of 10 times, Tsonga played absolutely unveliable at AO, just like Gonzalez in 2007 or Bagdathis in 2006. What have they done since then? Nothing.
He has 1265 ranking points, 700 of them coming from AO final. When AO '09 finishes, we will see his ranking.
 

edberg505

Legend
Nadal would beat him 9 out of 10 times, Tsonga played absolutely unveliable at AO, just like Gonzalez in 2007 or Bagdathis in 2006. What have they done since then? Nothing.
He has 1265 ranking points, 700 of them coming from AO final. When AO '09 finishes, we will see his ranking.

Hahaha, just as I suspected. Bitter!!!! Nadal would beat him 9 out of 10 times eh? Well, I guess we'll just have to see about that because they haven't played 10 times. Nadal was lucky to scrape his *** by last encounter. If Tsonga had not folded like a bad poker hand when serving for the match he would have beat him then too. Yeah Nadal beat him in a masters event whoopity doo, but Tsonga beat him like a circus monkey when it really counted which is at a slam semi final. I guess you don't really know anything about Tsonga since you can only talk about his success at the Aussie Open. Tchau my friend.
 

drive

Semi-Pro
Hahaha, just as I suspected. Bitter!!!! Nadal would beat him 9 out of 10 times eh? Well, I guess we'll just have to see about that because they haven't played 10 times. Nadal was lucky to scrape his *** by last encounter. If Tsonga had not folded like a bad poker hand when serving for the match he would have beat him then too. Yeah Nadal beat him in a masters event whoopity doo, but Tsonga beat him like a circus monkey when it really counted which is at a slam semi final. I guess you don't really know anything about Tsonga since you can only talk about his success at the Aussie Open. Tchau my friend.
Yes, you're right, Tsonga is a better player than Nadal ;)
 

RoddickAce

Hall of Fame
Roddick, Gonzalez, Gasquet, Tim Henman(before he retired), Youhzny

Edit: Feliciano Lopez as well
 
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