The ATP at an all time low?
With Rafa now in decline along with the rest of the tour, the standard of play is officially at an all time low. And to make this worse, there aren't enough young/new players coming through to replace this stagnant crop. The only 2 who are new to the top 30 are Dolgopolov and Raonic.
Let's take a look at how poorly the top 30 are travelling at the moment:
Nadal - has been horribly exposed by Djokovic and Lorenzi in recent weeks. Backhand completely ineffective, forehand nowhere near as potent as in previous seasons, lacking depth of shot in general and aggressiveness.
Djokovic - career best tennis, well ahead of the pack, although this gap is exacerbated by poor form of others.
Federer - low in confidence, cant finish matches against pigeons, and cant hit a backhand to save himself.
Murray - played a couple great tournaments after some career low performances. consistency remains to be seen.
Soderling - mugging it up. can only beat others in worse form than he is. light years behing where he has been this time in the previous 2 years.
Berdych - holding his own, and nothing more.
Ferrer - unsung hero, great year to date.
Melzer - the odd decent match, but still far too much muggery.
Monfils - awful, dont know how he's still top 10.
Fish - doing well for a yank, but still the same old one dimensional game.
Roddick - surprised to see him ranked this high. these days he is well and truly outside the top 100 best players on clay.
Almagro - one of the more consistent claycourters over the past few years, solid south american swing, has since turned to garbage.
Youzhny - mediocre to poor.
Gasquet - couple decent matches in Roma, the rest has been rubbish.
Wawrinka - possibly the worst performing of the top 15. incredible drop off in form.
Troicki - doing well enough given his ability, but not justifying his ranking.
Verdasco - hit an all time low, losing in straights to Lu on clay in Spain. not enough has been said on how terrible that is.
Tsonga - playing up to his ability on clay, but no further.
Simon - winning matches against mugs, cant hold a candle to anyone semi-decent
Cilic - very mediocre.
Mayer - one of the better performers around, in near career best form.
Nalbandian - no idea where he is.
Dolgopolov - great start to the year, muggish since.
Llodra - how this guy wins matches on clay still amazes me.
Bellucci - shit year with 1 good tournament.
Querrey - back to the mug he is at heart.
Del Potro - needs to stay healthy to restore some order
Raonic - been great so far this year.
Baghdatis - struggles like a mug journeyman these days.
Davydenko - one average tournament, the rest of them have been awful.
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sorry, cant be buddy with a retard
Last edited by Magick; 05-17-2011 at 04:03 PM.