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.