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Most successful players to never get past the 3rd round of the US Open

Who do you think are the most successful players who have yet to reach the forth round at the US open? Let's hope the active players finally get over this hurdle (I don't fancy Gilles' chances as he will meet Nadal in the third round if he makes it. Ljubicic can reach the forth round with his draw though.)

Here are a few former top ten players, who have not gotten past the third round in recent years:
Ivan Ljubičić (former world #3)
Sébastien Grosjean (former world #4)
Gastón Gaudio (former world #5)
Nicolás Lapentti (former world #6)
Gilles Simon (former world #6)
Alberto Berasategui (former world #7 who in fact never got past the second round)
Mario Ančić (former world #7 who also never reached the third round)
Guillermo Cañas (former world #8)
Marcos Baghdatis (former world #8 who also failed to reach the third round)

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Re: Most successful players to never get past the 3rd round of the US Open

Alberto and Gastón pretty much sucked balls in fast courts, so that's not something weird

I did not know about Ljubicic and Simon, it's weird because they tend to have good results in HC

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Re: Most successful players to never get past the 3rd round of the US Open

Simon almost did in 2008 but lost in 5 sets to Del Potro in the 3rd round. He's got time...I'm surprised Ljubicic hasn't done it. Gaudio, Lapentti, and Berasategui aren't exactly world beaters on hard courts
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Alberto and Gastón pretty much sucked balls in fast courts, so that's not something weird

I did not know about Ljubicic and Simon, it's weird because they tend to have good results in HC
Last year Simon was forced to retire in the 3rd round against former finalist Ferrero due to knee injury, and the year before that he lost in the 3rd round to Del Potro in 5 sets.
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Alberto and Gastón pretty much sucked balls in fast courts, so that's not something weird

I did not know about Ljubicic and Simon, it's weird because they tend to have good results in HC
Ljubicic has an issue on faster surfaces sometimes when he isn't timing his groundstrokes well since they aren't very compact..

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Re: Most successful players to never get past the 3rd round of the US Open

Unfortunately Ivan Ljubičić. But I hope he can do better this year!
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it is highly unlikely that Simon goes past 3rd round this year...
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Re: Most successful players to never get past the 3rd round of the US Open

Melzer (ranked 15, two third round appearances) and Almagro (ranked 16, last three US Opens were 3rd round losses), are the highest ranked players yet to make the last 16. Given that their both top 16 seeds and don't have to play another top 16 player until the 4th round, they're good chances this year.

Baghdatis (ranked 18) is another top 16 seed due for a 4th round showing (his best is two 2nd round exits). Given his recent form in the US and that he's a former Grand Slam finalist (Australian Open 2006) and semi-finalist (Wimbledon 2006), he should be a great chance this year.

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Probably Grosjean, no reason he couldn't have done well on the USO surface, and since he reached the SF of every other slam it's just a strange aberration.

Also, remember when Soderling hadn't made it past the 3rd round of a slam and had the worst slam record relative to ranking on tour? My how things change
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Some of them like Gaudio and Berasategui are not that good on HC.
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Some of them like Gaudio and Berasategui are not that good on HC.
Berasategui did reach the quarters of the Australian Open.
Added Canas and Baghdatis to the list. The others mentioned (Almagro and Melzer) have yet to reach the top ten.
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Ljubo & Grosjean
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Last year Simon was forced to retire in the 3rd round against former finalist Ferrero due to knee injury, and the year before that he lost in the 3rd round to Del Potro in 5 sets.
Edit: didn't reply fast enough
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Any chance Gilles might give Nadal some potential trouble in the third round like he used to in 2008? It looks like the injury problems are finally starting to work themselve out. He did well at the Legg Mason making the QFs and pushing Nalby to three sets, and although he lost in the first round in the Cincy Masters, it was to the eventual finalist Mardy Fish in a highly competitive match 6-7(4), 5-7. Some might recall he took Andy Roddick out of the Legg Mason in straght sets.

Donald Young is great first round opponent. Kohli is tough, but has been suffering some injury problems himself recently. I could easily see a third round clash with Rafa.

Is he flying under radar right now; with the potential to pull off a major upset? It's not like he couldn't do these things in the past and he is excellent at keeping just more shot in play which is why he has been so frustrating a player for the top seeds.

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Re: Most successful players to never get past the 3rd round of the US Open

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Last year Brands lost in the qualifying draw.
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