Last year's QF vs Gasquet upped my optimism for his chances on grass.Me neither, but I never saw him beating Nadal to win the AO or Djoker to win RG. Stan is never going to be a stellar grass player, he takes way too much time to set up his shots.
Cilic was ranked #11 when Stan beat him in the final of Geneva. He is the highest ranked player he has beaten so far this year.I think Stan has yet to beat a top 15 opponent this year or something like that. Even at the majors he's not shown up like he has in the past 2 years.
This is this year and with his ranking losing to non top 10 player and little else in 2016, he is Finnish.Last year he played well enough to believe.
I blame Gasquet.....or Djokovic would have been quivering that day.
Hopefully Staminal appears at the US Open.
Losing to Delpo...is no shame.
Prior to winning his 1st Slam at 2014 AO, he had only ever made 1 Slam semi-final (2013 USO) and had only won a handful of 250 tournaments in a 12 year career. His sudden transformation from talented journeyman to multiple Slam champion beginning in 2014 in some ways reminds me of Djokovic's sudden transformation from 1 Slam wonder to multiple Slam champion in 2011 albeit Stan was so much older and at a point in his career where you would think he would have little chance of improving. The Stan Transformation has truly been one of the remarkable tennis stories of the last few years!You've got to love Stan's late career. It's just so crazy. It would be like Dimitrov suddenly winning a few majors over the next few years.