i just took a look at him for the very first time. his greatest asset is his testicular fortitude. he is just not scared of anyone and he hangs tough in important moments.
Agreed, General CD! He's got a Nadal-like head in a tall body. Rare in a 20 year old. He had 4 tight 3 set matches and won them all after winning the previous tournament. Tons of steel up there + booming serve!
his movement is not good enough for clay and its really not good enough for hard courts either. top guns will eat his lunch and i am talking about guys like fed, nadal, djokovic, and murray.
Agreed. The top players might expose his weak baseline game but considering other booming servers, I think his game is more well-grounded. Clearly, he's not got so far only on merit of his serves alone.
and finally the ground game is weak. backhand is excellent but the forehand is quite inconsistent.
Inconsistent but very powerful when it works.
solution: there are no solutions to the lack of optimal movement. you can keep working and maybe learn to anticipate better but with great movement, either you have it or you dont.
he can develop a little more consistency but he will have to log in long hours on clay and also play several small clay events a year.
he is has the potential to be top 20.
Well, he's going to Acapulco next week.
>Karlovic for sure
comparing to Isner I would also say superior after watching several matches, esp against Ferrer and Fish.
I think he's >Karlovic and Isner. He broke Fish and Kendrick without tie-breaks. That says plenty about his baseline game.
Anyway, he has a strange baseline game comparing to modern game : often goes for the winner, and for sure it makes people surprised because it's not today's game, even Söderling doesn't go as much for the winner, usually mostly keeps controlling the rally, Isner the same, only sometimes big forehand but not as often
That surely reminds me of the 90s and not today's game.
That's mostly adrenaline, I'm sure.
Well I don't expect anything too high from him as some do : maximum top-10 but not top-5 (by the way even Isner may reach top-10 one day, it's possible imo, even Massu did it
But I'm surprised when I read people say "he has no baseline game" : I saw him against Ferrer and that's quite a big test !
He also broke Fish twice in that final set with some good rallies
He's beaten 4 top ten opponents now: Fish, Tabasco, Fiasco, and Youzhny.