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Re: Five Matches That Defined Your Favourite Player's 2012 Season

Very good idea for a thread in offseason

Martin Klizan

1. Winston Salem R32: Isner def. Klizan 46 63 75
Klizan was worried about autumn hardcourt season but this match proved him ready to compete with top players and gave him good chances to US Open.

2. US Open R3: Klizan def. Chardy 64 64 64
Yes, some people may argue that Tsonga win was bigger, but I think to beat Chardy after such a succes was a harder (and Klizan said so as well). He showed consistent performance throughout whole match and get to last 16 with perfect symetric result.

3. St.Pete SF : Klizan def. Youzhny 67 64 76
Almost 4-hour battle, this match had everything and it may be highlight of his season (in performances) and with the fact he was able to back this win up in final day after.

4. Kitzbuhel QF: Klizan def.Bolleli 16 75 61
He wasn´t really in that good form until he played Kitzbuhel. He struggled against Thiem in 1st round there and against Bolleli in first set and things looked bad for him. This result gave him his first ATP semifinal start his great summer (San Marino W, US Open R4, St.Petersburg W)

5. Paris R1: Seppi def. Klizan 62 26 76
I hope this match will force Martin to train even more and motivate him a lot during offseason. He should win this match but blew it away and it was his last match of 2012 so it stayed in his head for a time, that is sure.

Plus - all 3 matches against Cilic this year. In every match, he had chances to decide in important sets, but couldn´t take opportunities and it was breaking point in whole matches. He was able to be good for set or two in every match but couldn´t deliver. I hope it will help him in 2013.

Lukas Lacko

1. Helsinki F: Lacko def. Nieminen 63 64
Great way to end up-and-down 2012. 125 points for a win in tough challenger and first time in top 50 after this tournament. It also brought him good mood into offseason for sure and may kick him up for a good start in 2013.

2. Wimbledon R2: Lacko def. Melzer 64 67 36 63 64
This match helped Lacko gain some points during his drought between Miami and Tokyo (yes, quite a lot of tournaments). Win in 5-setter in GS is always very important and he could play at big court for a first time (@Wimbledon).

3. Tokyo R1: Lacko def. Ramos 60 62
Ending of streak of 9 consecutive loses was in style. 45 points for this win and chance to play Murray in next round was a nice, too.

4. Dubai R2: Berdych def. Lacko 61 62 /Tokyo R2: Murray def.Lacko 61 62
A fine proof that top players are still far far away from his level. First match was in February, second one in October - and nothing really changed (in fact, his form got even worse - but improved in the end of season). Lukas really sucks against top players, got straight-setted by Tsonga, Nadal, Federer or Ferrer without any chances in each set. Last time he played good against top player was that bagel against Nadal.

5. Bucharest R1: Balasz def. Lacko 67 76 64
Start of his early decline in 2012. Clay court. Weak opponent. Weak tournament. First set won so-so. Second set lost in tight moments. Third set lost as well and mental problems with clay were back. So simple.

Roger Federer - Martin Klizan - Lukas Lacko - Milos Raonic - Fernando Verdasco

Dustin Brown - Nick Kyrgios - Norbert Gombos - Stanislas Wawrinka - Dominic Thiem
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