CLEARLY the better player? Would you be saying this if Marsel was Greek or Egyptian and not Turkish - no of course not
But I love Turkey and the Turkish people so I'm going to hope that Marsel plays a nice match against Frank and has a very good rest of 2011
Look it should be a good match. Frank is the more TALENTED of the two players by a wide margin as Blarghman said, and more experienced, but as we all know he doesn't always display that talent. And even if he does, the Mello match at Wimbledon shows he can still choke. Ilhan can clearly beat him - no question - it will simply be a case of which of the two players plays their game better.
Frank used to get horrible draws - the last two grand slams he's got very lucky (though I would have preferred he draw Dasnieres de Veigy or Niland than Ilhan). This is really time for Frank to secure a result and get some serious ATP points. Qualifying for all four slams and then not winning one MD match would be disappointing while still a great accomplishment.
Depending on how the hurricane plays out, I have tickets for the first two day sessions so I will definitely be at Frank's match if play doesnt get postponed until later in the week
Djokovic's half starting Monday but i can't see Frank vs. Marsel on Monday. So, they will play Tuesday exactly. I am really looking for your reports, please watch it.
So, i just said "RIGHT NOW" Marsel is clearly better player and it's not about his being Turkish player. Dancevic had great GS qualies but if we look at his season, he's really sucking. He didn't played since Wimbledon and lost a set to Wolmarans and Klahn. On the other hand, Marsel found some form, qualified for Cincinnati and US Open without losing a set and beated Devvarman, Schoorel and Lacko in that period. Also his favourite tournament is US Open and when he lost to Tomic last year in the first round of qualifying there he was crying. His breakout performance came in US Open too (qualified and made R64 in 2009 when he was ranked at 231)
Surely, Dancevic is more talented player. He has better serve and more exprienced. He had ATP tour finals and was playing some great tennis but that's history. Right now, Dancevic is just serving better than Marsel. Marsel is clearly better from baseline, so i don't agree with flyboy there. Dancevic uses net well also but Marsel isn't bad at serving and volleying too.
I'd very surprised if Marsel loses this match. We will see.