Originally Posted by Tennis Fool
and the new class making waves (Pim Pim, Nadal, Monfils, Tsongas, Baghdatis)
Monfils, Tsonga and Baghdatis are part of a new class making waves? One good "run" doesn't do it, you need to keep that up. And we all saw what Andy did to Nadal as the USO this year.
Federer got in the way of EVERYONE this year so you can aply that factor to many people who were trying to win a slam this year. He's capable of beating a resurgent Safin and Hewitt as he already did so this year. I just hope that in 2005 we will have really good 4 way battles with Federer (stop winning k
), Roddick, Hewitt and Safin and you also have other great players you can throw into the mix like Agassi, Moya (to an extent) and also PimPim as I think he'll come into his own next year. Do I expect him to win a slam next year? I have no idea but he's fully capable of doing so. He'll most definitely finish top 5, and if he doesn't there's something seriously wrong with him. I do believe he'll be able to chalk up another win over Federer as will I believe Safin and Hewitt and most probably Agassi though it'll become extremely difficult to do so because to beat Federer you either have to make the finals or pray (though I don't think you would really want to) that you're in his quarter to get a shot at beating him.