I think you are placing WAY too much significance on this. You act as if Vasek is going to exclusively try to qualify for ATP events the rest of his career. In reality, he's trying out for ATP events for two weeks. I'm not saying Vasek will for sure succeed at the ATP level, but I think, given his good form and confidence, and the end of the season coming, it's worth a shot. Also, look at the damn schedule. There's only a clay challenger in Brazil next week, which he wouldn't play anyway, so in reality he's only opting to replace one US challenger with two ATP tries. Don't act like he's giving up months worth of challengers or something.
I just think it's a bad idea to miss challengers and quite a few points he needs, to try and succeed on the ATP tour, when he probably won't, and will only end up losing a lot of points he could have gotten, and probably would have, on the challenger tour.
I mean.. fine, this week, if there's only a clay tournament, it doesn't hurt trying out for the MD, but he shouldn't make this a regular thing, because he's not good enough yet, and should continue on the challenger level a little while longer until his game is more polished, and he has more of a chance to beat better and higher players.
And to the bold part - just like people on here was soooo sure he'd win against Sweeting, right? I'm just saying.. sometimes you overhype the guy. It's great you have confidence in the kid, but try and be a bit realistic at the same time. He was successful and he has done well (tough nothing overtly good either) on the challenger tour, but the smaller ATP events are a totally different beast. So what if he's good on the challenger tour (not that he has been GREAT there either), does that mean he'll be good on the ATP tour? No, and he probably won't be. My bet is that he'll lose his first match in the MD if he ever gets in. Of course I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think so. He won't get past R2 though, that's for sure, if he actually does manage to have a fluke win.
And when has anyone implied that he's going to have the same success as Milos? You keep saying that as if we all expect him to be winning these tournaments, but you are the only one even implying that.
r u new here? basically EVERYONE here said Vasek was a better player than Milos, a better vollier, blah blah, had more potential etc. like I said.. everyone here has been hyping him for months, and it will only come back and bite them in the ass. Oh well.. at least they'll get a reality check.
It's entirely possible he could lose first round qualies in both his tries - that doesn't mean it wasn't worth a shot, because the cost is relatively little. If that happens, and you try to claim that that somehow makes me wrong and you right, then you aren't comprehending what I'm saying at all.[/QUOTE]
You're proving our point though - no one ever expected Milos to be a special case. And the fact he blew up this year and did so well from the Australian on is due in large part I think to the fact he got a taste of the competition at the ATP level earlier. If Vasek is serious about making a push into the top 100 next year - and he's pretty much there at this point - he needs to continue measuring himself against this level of competition.
Additionally, measuring whether or not Vasek has succeeded or made the right decision is not be to done by comparing him directly to Milos. As you yourself point out, they're not one person
Milos was a special case. But what is the likelihood of that happening again.. do you really think that will happen twice? I seriously doubt it... lighting doesn't strike twice. Just saying.. try not to have too high expectations, you'll only end up disappointed in the end. It's great that you have confidence in him, but at least try to be somewhat realistic here.
I'm not saying Vasek shoudln't try out for the 250 events, he should, of course.. but not now, it's too early. He needs to play on the challenger level a while longer to polish his game, then when his game is better, he can try out for the 250 events if he feel like, and will probably win more matches then than he will trying out for the 250 events now, I just think it's too soon. I think it's a bad mistake to miss challenger points when he probably won't pick up point on the ATP tour.
I'm not even expecting him to be as good as Milos, so I probably won't hold him to so higb standard, and measure his success on Milos' accomplishments, I won't do that. But what is the point in going for the MD when he'll probably end up losing and then also lose some much needed point to advance in the rankings? that is the point I'm trying to make here. I want him to go for the 250 events, maybe sometime next year, but I want him to stay on the challenger level now, and polish his game, gain some points.. then when he's good enough he can go for the 250's next year.
But whatever.. it's useless to try and discuss this because we'll never see eye to eye on this. We will never agree anyway, so I think we should just leave it. Like I said.. we'll see who's right soon enough anyway.