One, Paul won't beat James unless James decides he wants a vacation.
Two, I think that Nico's problems go beyond whether he's 2nd or 3rd racquet.
Paul always has been and always will be a journeyman.
Nico has proved that he can be a top player. Unfortunately, I highly doubt that he'll ever be a top player again unless he makes some major changes in personnel and his mental game.
One, Paul has beaten Blake before. Not that he's gonna do it tomorrow.
Two, I'm not talking about Nico's problems. I'm talking about his slump. The future of a player that reached the top 10 thanks to work and discipline and after that he just makes probably the dumbest decissions in every aspect of tennis (coach selection, tournaments selection, training, playing strategy, etc), it's probably material enough for a sepparate thread.
Three, Paul can only be a journeyman at best. That's known for everybody. Still, there are journeymen and journeymen. Some of them were even in the top 10. The fact is, he is going to surpass Massu sooner or later.
Personally, I think that there's no way back for Nico. 2003 was a great season. 2004 was a good season. 2005 was a nigthmare. 2006 was an acceptable season with a terrible luck in draws. 2007 was 2005 two times (he was even compared with Spadea, for god's sake). February of 2008, an the slump continues... and he's 28 already.
"Familia del Tenis Chileno", thank you very much
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