I was taking a good look at ATP Top50. I can identify 15 players to whom Joćo Sousa (even with all he has produced from Rio500 onwards) is still a clear underdog, will lose 8 out of 10 matches(some of them 9 or 10 out of 10).
Apart from that, at this point, it is at the worse a 50/50 chance, or he has some leverage. So, if I'm correct, this means that, if Joćo maintains this kind of form constantly, he is at least Top30 material, maybe even so Top20 at his best moment.
My list of 15 players that Joćo Sousa will lose at least 8 out of 10 matches, even at his current level of form:
Nadal, Nole, Wawrinka, Ferrer (6 out of 10), Federer, Murray, Berdych, Isner, Tsonga, Raonic, Dimitrov, Anderson, Gulbis, Cilic, Dolgopolov (6 out of 10).
Any thoughts on this?
And what does he have to do start returning more of those big servers he hates?
I think return of serve is clearly where he can gain the most in the future. Backhand lack of aggressiveness is kind of a chronic-illness, that won't go away, on my opinion.