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View Poll Results: Who of them has the chance of a "rebirth" of sorts?
Hewitt 40 30.08%
Safin 25 18.80%
Ferrero 14 10.53%
All of them have some chances 10 7.52%
None, they are all doomed! 44 33.08%
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Battle of the "has beens"

Just thinking about past seasons and former great players, i remembered Safin, Hewitt and Ferrero. They all reached nr1 at some point, they all won at least a slam each and they were great players on their prime.

Now, it is safe to say that the best is already in the past, but---> Do you think any of them has any chance of having at least another good or respectable season?

It pains me to see them so low on the rankings....

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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

Without bias, I do honestly think Ferrero. Just because Safin said he's going to retire at the end of the year, and he's just not consistent enough to make a comeback. Might get some great performances from him, but not on a regular basis. Hewitt has more important things to worry about than tennis, and he probably won't play enough to make a comeback, though he's always a dangerous player. At least Ferrero doesn't seem like he's going to retire at the next year at least, and tennis is his main focus. At least I hope I'm right anyway

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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

As long as Hewitt stays healthy he'll move up the rankings.
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Hewitt is the only one I give some chance of improving. Safin can have the random great tournament, like Wimbledon last year, but I don't see him returning to the top 10 again. Plus, as somebody has said, he's retiring at the end of the year, and I think his motivation at the moment is not where it should be.

Ferrero could make a comeback, but honestly he's been longer an average player than he was a top player. I know he had his injuries and such, but he's lacking the belief in himself and without that he will not achieve anything, IMO.

Hewitt, on the other hand, would be ranked much higher as long as he stayed healthy, and hasn't had the horrible losses that the other two have had in this period. I don't think he can return to the top 3-4, but top 10 should be a realistic goal for him. In fact, he's the only one of the three that I wouldn't be surprised to see making a run at the Australian.
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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

I voted for Hewitt

Ferrero has chances too, if he stays healthy
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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

depends how you define success, i can see ferrero winning a couple of small clay court tournaments and sneeking into the top 20 with a full season.
i can see safin having 2 or 3 great tournaments having a couple of huge wins, bigger than anything ferrero will have but not consistent so not breaking top 20.
hewitt i have no idea, he never seems to be fit. fit and healthy hes probably the best shot to get back into the top 10 but i doubt he will be fit for more than 2 or 3 months this year.

so if you define success on ranking then ferrero, if you define success as beating a couple of huge players and being a threat to anyone then safin and if you define success as shagging bec cartwright then i'd go with hewitt.

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Nope.

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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

Well, yes, I don't think they can be a threat on a yearly base, the best is already behind them.

I only hope that before they retire, they do something. I don't want them to just die down...

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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

They all are done.
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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

On his day Safin can still be a scare to anyone. The other's are history.

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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

It depends on what you mean, to be honest all 3 could make top 25 again.
I think if they stay injury-free, but top 10 i highly doubt.

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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

I don't see any of them being consistent enough to put together much this year. And they are not alone. There are so many other players who had their "day in the sun" who are now hovering lower in the rankings then they ever expected to be.

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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

Don't see Hewitt doing anything.Ferrero i hope could win a tournament. Safin is unpredictable i mean who would have thought he would have made the Semi Final of Wimbledon last year, so maybe one more Quarter Final slam run from Safin. However i don't see any of them reaching the Quarters of any slam this year. Definitely none to get inside the top 10.

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Re: Battle of the "has beens"

I never though Ferrero would suck so badly after the stellar 2003 season he had...

And well, what to say about Hewitt and Safin? Both of them had great final seasons in 2005. Both finishing top 5 if I remember well.... And then....such a horrible period of suckage!

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Don't see any of them doing to much more. Hewitt wants to be top 10 by the end of the season so he can have a good shot at the slams next season, but I just can't see him getting top 10. Might crack top 20, but that's it.
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