Re: Part 2. Which one of these 8 youngsters will have the best career?
It is a difficult call at this point, as these guys are still developing but they are at the point where they can play at the ATP circuit. By the way, Tsonga belongs to this group since he had injuries earlier on so he couldn't play a full schedule until this year. Here we go:
Korolev for me has the most serious potential but he still has got some learning to do, he has some serious power from both wings and he is a good returner. His serve, while unconventional can be enough for the job. Hopefully he will stay healthy next year.
Cilic is very much like Ancic but with worse serve and better movement. He might still need the next year to develop but he has an excellent work ethic and I see him in the top-20 eventually.
Gulbis has some serious power and he also possesses surprising touch, he will need some time to mature mentally. I see him as having more potential than Cilic eventually but he seems to be seriously averse to clay.
Young is a very original player and can do very well but it remains to be seen what possible trauma was left from his early ATP matches and the record he carries.
Sam will need to develop a much better net game given his movement, and he will also need to close out matches successfully. He had a horrible end of the year but he will bounce back. One thing that people didn't notice was that he entered Barcelona and Estoril qualifiers early, it will be interesting to see whether he will follow the same policy next year.
I am not convinced about Bolelli, he certainly has the potential but needs to deliver. Tsonga is sadly fragile, otherwise his power could put him in the top-30. Zverev is great to watch but sadly he was born 15 years too late. Hopefully he can adjust his style a bit.
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