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Where will current top 10 finish at end of 2009?

Just read an interesting article about what kind of year the current top 10 will have in 2009. Provocative and daring to say the least!

http://www.inside-tennis.net/tennis-...view-2009.html

I'd be very surprised if Murray doesn't win a slam in 2009.
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Surprised by the number of titles they predicted will be won by a few players.

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Surprised by the number of titles they predicted will be won by a few players.
2009 will feature possibly the strongest top 10 in recent years so I would go along with some of the predictions.
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It is provocative and daring, to expect almost the same players to vacate the top 10 in the next year. But seriously, I don't think you need to hype yourself up here, I think the readers care more about whether it seems to make sense or not rather than how bold it is.

Which your article is fine, it promotes a discussion without being too 'out there'.

So to add my thoughts...

Davydenko always manages to stay in the top 5, because whenever he seems to be in a bit of a rut, he picks it up again. He'll find a way to pick up those ranking points again.

Even though Simon's game is based around consistency, I do not see him consistently making it deep throughout an entire year. For me when I watch him, it always seems to take a lot for him to put in those special performances when he plays really well, almost like it's out of his comfort zone. And when he doesn't play well, he really labours hard.

It wasn't a miserable year for Federer, when I think of the word miserable, I think of someone that has a year without any highlights, or only highlights at the lower level. It was definitely inconsistent though. At times throughout the year, it looked like he was close to getting it together. It wasn't all bad for Federer, he had a relatively good claycourt and grasscourt season, then the US Open was his major highlight of course.

There is a lot of Tsonga hype out there, from many of the articles I've read. It sure will be interesting to see how he does, I have no clue myself.
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It is provocative and daring, to expect almost the same players to vacate the top 10 in the next year. But seriously, I don't think you need to hype yourself up here, I think the readers care more about whether it seems to make sense or not rather than how bold it is.

Which your article is fine, it promotes a discussion without being too 'out there'.

So to add my thoughts...

Davydenko always manages to stay in the top 5, because whenever he seems to be in a bit of a rut, he picks it up again. He'll find a way to pick up those ranking points again.

Even though Simon's game is based around consistency, I do not see him consistently making it deep throughout an entire year. For me when I watch him, it always seems to take a lot for him to put in those special performances when he plays really well, almost like it's out of his comfort zone. And when he doesn't play well, he really labours hard.

It wasn't a miserable year for Federer, when I think of the word miserable, I think of someone that has a year without any highlights, or only highlights at the lower level. It was definitely inconsistent though. At times throughout the year, it looked like he was close to getting it together. It wasn't all bad for Federer, he had a relatively good claycourt and grasscourt season, then the US Open was his major highlight of course.

There is a lot of Tsonga hype out there, from many of the articles I've read. It sure will be interesting to see how he does, I have no clue myself.
Well hello there Krystel! Thanks for your thoughts.
Federer's 2008 compared to 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 was by comparison pretty miserable. I mean the way he lost to Nadal at RG and then to lose the Wimbledon final after fighting back like that and getting a break point in the latter stages of the 5th set. He must have cried buckets in the lockerroom after that. It's not every day you get the chance to create history with 6 Wimbledon titles in a row and see it evaporate before you. A truly wretched experience.
At least he got to smile after Flushing Meadows.
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Well hello there Krystel! Thanks for your thoughts.
Federer's 2008 compared to 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 was by comparison pretty miserable. I mean the way he lost to Nadal at RG and then to lose the Wimbledon final after fighting back like that and getting a break point in the latter stages of the 5th set. He must have cried buckets in the lockerroom after that. It's not every day you get the chance to create history with 6 Wimbledon titles in a row and see it evaporate before you. A truly wretched experience.
At least he got to smile after Flushing Meadows.
It's an interesting example you give. Sure those losses were heartbreaking, losing a big match always is, but that's a different sort of thing. I would be thinking of Indian Wells/Miami and Toronto/Cincinnati, in particular which sort of seemed like a slump comparatively.
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It's an interesting example you give. Sure those losses were heartbreaking, losing a big match always is, but that's a different sort of thing. I would be thinking of Indian Wells/Miami and Toronto/Cincinnati, in particular which sort of seemed like a slump comparatively.
At this stage of his career, it's all about the majors as it was for Sampras towards the end of his illustrious career. I don't think he cares so much about the Masters Series events these days. Of course, he will care a lot more in 2009 if he wants to get back to no.1.
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They assume nine of year-end top-tenners will have won 46 out of 64 titles and the rest 91 top-100 players will have won only 18...
They know what they're talking about
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They assume nine of year-end top-tenners will have won 46 out of 64 titles and the rest 91 top-100 players will have won only 18...
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I guess if most of the top 10 have a consistent year then it is totally feasible.
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I think your rankings for the top 4 are pretty sound, but I'd swap Djokovic and Murray. I can see Murray taking the 2nd or 3rd spots. I can't claim to be totally objective when it comes to Murray, however.

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Federer's 2008 compared to 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 was by comparison pretty miserable.
Still a season 99.9% of all of the ATP tour would give his left/right arm for...

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I mean the way he lost to Nadal at RG and then to lose the Wimbledon final after fighting back like that and getting a break point in the latter stages of the 5th set. He must have cried buckets in the lockerroom after that. It's not every day you get the chance to create history with 6 Wimbledon titles in a row and see it evaporate before you. A truly wretched experience.
Just like Rafa did only a year before, thinking he indeed blew his best chance of getting that Wimbly title in 2007, after losing that battle that would've gone either way just the same way it did in 2008!
Well how things seem to be able to end up eventually...

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Saved Fed's season, no doubt about that - and possibly the rest of the career ahead of him. Glad he made it there, it would have been a real shame if he'd have pulled a Borg/Henin if he didn't.

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The write-up about Blake makes me sad

And Novak finally ascending to the No. 2 spot? I can live with that
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Well hello there Krystel! Thanks for your thoughts.
Federer's 2008 compared to 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 was by comparison pretty miserable. I mean the way he lost to Nadal at RG and then to lose the Wimbledon final after fighting back like that and getting a break point in the latter stages of the 5th set. He must have cried buckets in the lockerroom after that.
Not to worry...he did.
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Roddick would do better with new coach.
And no fantastic year for Fed

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Re: Where will current top 10 finish at end of 2009?

1 - Nadal
2 - Federer
3 - Djokovic
4 - Murray
5 - Davydenko
6 - Del Potro
7 - Gasquet
8 - Tsonga
9 - Roddick
10 - Monfils
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