Safiullin Betterer than Safin - Diamond Age Report #LXVII

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Time to see if the NextGen C team really has any potential in the upcoming Diamond Age.



The NextGen field is potentially the deepest field in tennis history, very different from the top heavy big 4 golden era.

I have already covered the obvious spearhead of the Dimaond Age who have big potential to win all fours slams: Tsitsipas (21), Auger-Alliasime (19), Shapovalov (20), Zverev (22), Medvedev (23), Coric (22). Coric likely to have more of a Murray/Wawrinka career. The rest high single digit slams, maybe more for one or two.

But some amazing prospects have been flying under the radar. Safiullin has been white hot on tour for some time now with incredible progress, so time to compare him with fraudulent slam winner Safin


My eyeball take:
1. The younger Russian has significatly better footwork from the ground. Safiullin is a wall and only had 7 UEs in his Rafa Nadal Open match versus Rosol making him the most consistent easily of the two. Safin lumbering brute. Safiullin much cleaner forehand and similar backhand.

2. Serve is definitely Safin given his all time high at 2005 Australian Open, but Safiullin will be going from zero to hero over the next few years, and his serve performances at Shmykent and Kazan show that he already has scary potential.

3. Safiullin has an excellent return already, leagues ahead of lumbering Safin. If he keeps up his current stat progress on return, could be downright unplayable in a few years.

expected Safiullin return progress:



With Djoko seemingly in for a parts change at the repair shop, the AO 2020 could be Safiullin's to lose. Safiullin has already racked up impressive 18-match win streak in stacked futures in Thailand and Vietnam, and looks ready to bring this consistency to the main tour any day now.

 

falstaff78

Hall of Fame
Time to see if the NextGen C team really has any potential in the upcoming Diamond Age.



The NextGen field is potentially the deepest field in tennis history, very different from the top heavy big 4 golden era.

I have already covered the obvious spearhead of the Dimaond Age who have big potential to win all fours slams: Tsitsipas (21), Auger-Alliasime (19), Shapovalov (20), Zverev (22), Medvedev (23), Coric (22). Coric likely to have more of a Murray/Wawrinka career. The rest high single digit slams, maybe more for one or two.

But some amazing prospects have been flying under the radar. Safiullin has been white hot on tour for some time now with incredible progress, so time to compare him with fraudulent slam winner Safin


My eyeball take:
1. The younger Russian has significatly better footwork from the ground. Safiullin is a wall and only had 7 UEs in his Rafa Nadal Open match versus Rosol making him the most consistent easily of the two. Safin lumbering brute. Safiullin much cleaner forehand and similar backhand.

2. Serve is definitely Safin given his all time high at 2005 Australian Open, but Safiullin will be going from zero to hero over the next few years, and his serve performances at Shmykent and Kazan show that he already has scary potential.

3. Safiullin has an excellent return already, leagues ahead of lumbering Safin. If he keeps up his current stat progress on return, could be downright unplayable in a few years.

expected Safiullin return progress:



With Djoko seemingly in for a parts change at the repair shop, the AO 2020 could be Safiullin's to lose. Safiullin has already racked up impressive 18-match win streak in stacked futures in Thailand and Vietnam, and looks ready to bring this consistency to the main tour any day now.

Gobsmackingly brilliant homage to the peerless @Meles

Sheer genius
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Meanwhile, Thiem was at 60% 2nd serve points won in Kitzbuhel. It's on high altitude so plays like grass.

Thiem already better than Fraud on fast courts.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Time to see if the NextGen C team really has any potential in the upcoming Diamond Age.



The NextGen field is potentially the deepest field in tennis history, very different from the top heavy big 4 golden era.

I have already covered the obvious spearhead of the Dimaond Age who have big potential to win all fours slams: Tsitsipas (21), Auger-Alliasime (19), Shapovalov (20), Zverev (22), Medvedev (23), Coric (22). Coric likely to have more of a Murray/Wawrinka career. The rest high single digit slams, maybe more for one or two.

But some amazing prospects have been flying under the radar. Safiullin has been white hot on tour for some time now with incredible progress, so time to compare him with fraudulent slam winner Safin


My eyeball take:
1. The younger Russian has significatly better footwork from the ground. Safiullin is a wall and only had 7 UEs in his Rafa Nadal Open match versus Rosol making him the most consistent easily of the two. Safin lumbering brute. Safiullin much cleaner forehand and similar backhand.

2. Serve is definitely Safin given his all time high at 2005 Australian Open, but Safiullin will be going from zero to hero over the next few years, and his serve performances at Shmykent and Kazan show that he already has scary potential.

3. Safiullin has an excellent return already, leagues ahead of lumbering Safin. If he keeps up his current stat progress on return, could be downright unplayable in a few years.

expected Safiullin return progress:



With Djoko seemingly in for a parts change at the repair shop, the AO 2020 could be Safiullin's to lose. Safiullin has already racked up impressive 18-match win streak in stacked futures in Thailand and Vietnam, and looks ready to bring this consistency to the main tour any day now.

Safiullin will collect the crumbs that Jannik Sinner spills at the Feast of the Kings.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Time to see if the NextGen C team really has any potential in the upcoming Diamond Age.



The NextGen field is potentially the deepest field in tennis history, very different from the top heavy big 4 golden era.

I have already covered the obvious spearhead of the Dimaond Age who have big potential to win all fours slams: Tsitsipas (21), Auger-Alliasime (19), Shapovalov (20), Zverev (22), Medvedev (23), Coric (22). Coric likely to have more of a Murray/Wawrinka career. The rest high single digit slams, maybe more for one or two.

But some amazing prospects have been flying under the radar. Safiullin has been white hot on tour for some time now with incredible progress, so time to compare him with fraudulent slam winner Safin


My eyeball take:
1. The younger Russian has significatly better footwork from the ground. Safiullin is a wall and only had 7 UEs in his Rafa Nadal Open match versus Rosol making him the most consistent easily of the two. Safin lumbering brute. Safiullin much cleaner forehand and similar backhand.

2. Serve is definitely Safin given his all time high at 2005 Australian Open, but Safiullin will be going from zero to hero over the next few years, and his serve performances at Shmykent and Kazan show that he already has scary potential.

3. Safiullin has an excellent return already, leagues ahead of lumbering Safin. If he keeps up his current stat progress on return, could be downright unplayable in a few years.

expected Safiullin return progress:



With Djoko seemingly in for a parts change at the repair shop, the AO 2020 could be Safiullin's to lose. Safiullin has already racked up impressive 18-match win streak in stacked futures in Thailand and Vietnam, and looks ready to bring this consistency to the main tour any day now.


By the way when you think about Big3's retiring schedule, Mad Lad a shoo in for year end number one in 2020 even without a slam win. o_O

Even Melesian statistics have under sold the Medvedev surge.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Lol but where did @Meles go? Haven't seen him posting in a long time.
Watching, but busy with mini family reunion at US Open. The final killed me as they all came back for a Melesian feast as the third set of US Open just finished. Much to my chagrin, many of the large party were watching while I hosted. Finally turned on the volume for the Mad Lad comeback in the 5th and then ripped it away at the handshake as dinner was getting cold after 20 minutes. :mad: Watched on replay the last two sets of course later. Busy with many things, but always watching.;)

Medvedev for President:cool:
 
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