Re: Tipsarevic, Simon, and Almagro- who is the best?
Tipsarevic has 3 career titles, all 250's and has reached a career high of number 8. Best result in majors is 1 QF and 3 other fourth rounds. Best result at masters series is 2 semis and 2 quarters. Career record of 224-178 (.557), Slams 37-34 (.521), Masters Series 36-35 (.507), and against top 10 is 14-36 (.280).
Simon has 10 career titles, including 1 500 event and has a career high of number 6. Best result in majors is QF and three other fourth rounds. Best result at masters series is 1 final, 2 semis, and five quarters. Career record of 253-174 (.593), Slams 39-26 (.600), Masters Series 66-51 (.564) and vs. top 10 17-41 (.293)
Almagro has 12 career titles, including 2 500 titles at Acapulco and has a career high of number 9. He has made 3 QF at majors and 3 other fourth rounds. He has made 1 SF and 7 other quarters at masters events. He has a career record of 276-181 (.604), Slams 44-32 (.579), Masters Series 58-52 (.527), and top 10 13-42 (.236).
Based on this, Tipsarevic is clearly the least accomplished player so it's between Almagro and Simon. Almagro is excellent on clay so he has a lot of 250 clay titles and three QF's at the French but his overall record at Slams, Masters Series, and against the top 10 are worse than Simon and he has a lower career high. It's close but I'd give a slight edge to Gilles as having the best career so far because he's had success on all surfaces including a F at an indoors masters event, SF on clay masters, and QF at a hardcourt major. Almagro has a sub .500 record on all surfaces other than clay.
I don't see this order changing very much, they're all around the same age and all playing at around the same level currently so I think Gilles will end up with the best career.
As for who has the most talent/potential, probably Tipsarevic purely from his strokes but mental strength is also a key aspect of being a tennis player and he's struggled at times in his career with this aspect.
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Last edited by mike s.; 07-18-2012 at 12:30 AM.