1. Rubin is one of my favorites, so I was quite shocked when you made that comment about Thai being a better player.
2. I was wondering if you bore any ill-will towards him because of the consistent pattern of expecting him to lose against much lesser ranked opponents. I know hate is a strong word. I meant it more as like do you have a negative impression of him and/or just don't think he is as good as his rankings or previous accomplishments indicate? To compare, I have pretty much written off Dennis Novikov as a hopeless player even though he just won Kalamazoo and did well at the US Open. I don't literally "hate" him as I know nothing about who he is outside of tennis, but I do view his tennis game in a pretty negative light and usually expect him to lose. So I wanted to know is that kind of how you view Noah?
3. You were VERY respectful and I saw no intention to offend anyone. None of your comments were offensive or malicious. Also, I definitely respect your opinion. It seems like you have seen many of these junior players in person, which is a very valuable perspective.
4. I genuinely want (I'm practically dying) to know what from the games, playing styles, results, accomplishments and history of the two players have led you to infer the statement that "Thai is a better tennis player" than Noah. I haven't seen either in person, but outside of that I see next to nothing that would back up that statement.
All that said and done.... Rubin has been struggling all week so I do think Kwiatkowski will win tomorrow
I have seen all these kids play at one time or another and most of them recently. I don t think little of Rubin s game at all. I think he s ranked according to his results and ability to compete pretty well. He is certainly a more mature player than any other junior we discussed on these boards. He comes prepared for every match and gives it his best effort, and he is more professional in his approach. That being said, I think he s tapping into the maximum of his ability both physically and game wise. Other players have ways to go in terms of development and maturing not so much physically but in other ways.
I think Noah will reach at least a top 5 itf ranking and will be a very decorated junior in the world. There are players that Noah has trouble beating, such as steady baseliners, ala Lederman, Kruger, Schnieder and to a lesser extent Weirsholm. That s why I predicted that he may be tired after his Davis cup odyssey and could go down to Lederman . That is all! No alterior motives, no dislike and certainly no hate. Just observations and some subjective use of logic.
I do realize that Lederman and henrik are ranked way lower but not because of their ability but cause they do not play a full itf schedule. Ranking do tell the story but there are subplots sometimes. I think you base your opinions on just numbers and rankings, where I had the opportunity to see these kids play and therefore can render a little insight beyond the dry statistics.