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His future is bright, his future is orange!!!

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What can we expect of Tim Henman in 2005? Will he remain British number 1?

Greg Rusedski stated yesterday that his aim next year is to return to the top 20 and hopefully the top 10 - will he make it?

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Apart from the doping issues that were raised against him at the beginning of the year, Greg had a good year and I can see him improving his ranking very much, but as long as Henman is healthy, he won't be ranked in front of Henman and I personally can't see Rusedski in the top 20, let alone in the top 10

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top 30 is the best greggy can hope for........got a feeling age may catch up with Tim next year as his game is very physically demanding
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yeah rusedksi is too old....at best a top 50 player
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Henman is quite capable of finally reaching a Grand Slam final and if he is going to do it i feel it will have to be the Aussie Open which commentators say is the GRand Slam which most favours his game. Tim has a lot of points falling off from Indian Wells, Monte Carlo and Roland Garros which, if he has a poor start to next year, will put him out of the top 10 by Wimbledon - not good for being a title contender.

If he can get some consistency into his results next year, at a good level, then he can reach the elusive top 3, but he needs a good run at the Masters Cup to be able to give himself a flying start (Safin and Roddick defend a lot of points in Aussie Open and Hewitt defends a lot in the first 3 months).

Greg Rusedski - he has demonstrated how well he can play when he is injury-free and free of all mental tortures and is quite capable of reaching the top 20 next year - top 10 may be out of his reach. Much will depend on his results in the Masters and Grand Slams as he has little extra to gain from the smaller tournaments.

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can't see him getting to AO final...it's just going to be dominated by baseliners

theoretically his best chance is at wimbledon, but he has had that many chances that yiu have to question whether his best chances are behind him
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can't see him getting to AO final...it's just going to be dominated by baseliners

theoretically his best chance is at wimbledon, but he has had that many chances that yiu have to question whether his best chances are behind him
The Australian Open is wide open anyway because at the start of the year a lot of players that are favourites aren't ready either because they have been lazy in the off-season, injured or just plain exhausted from an excellent last season. Anybody can win it and I'd rate Henman and Rusedski in the top 20 of favourites because they work hard in the off-season and in the past have started their years off well.

Wimbledon? His chances came around 2000/2001 when the grass was faster. If the grass were the same speed now as then, then he would have won it by now.
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Henman has been going the way of Alex Corretja since the US Open, in that he doesn't really seem to care whether he loses a set 6-1 or 7-6. He even said that he wasn't too concerned about getting to the Masters or not. That said, he could just be playing it safe with his shoulder. And out of the four slams, RG seems to favour him most, bizarrely, provided many of the top claycourters are injured as they were this season.

Rusedski has had a decent end to the year, and he'll be in the year-end top 50 in 2005 if he's as motivated as he claims to be. As for breaking the top 20, there's no harm in being delusionally unrealistic I reckon...
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Henman has been going the way of Alex Corretja since the US Open, in that he doesn't really seem to care whether he loses a set 6-1 or 7-6. He even said that he wasn't too concerned about getting to the Masters or not. That said, he could just be playing it safe with his shoulder. And out of the four slams, RG seems to favour him most, bizarrely, provided many of the top claycourters are injured as they were this season.

Rusedski has had a decent end to the year, and he'll be in the year-end top 50 in 2005 if he's as motivated as he claims to be. As for breaking the top 20, there's no harm in being delusionally unrealistic I reckon...
Not being bothered about the masters was mainly an attempt to relieve pressure and avoid suffering his patented choke at the last moment, I suspect. This is what he said after his place was confirmed, according to the Times.

"Paul (Annacone, his coach) said I have had a great year regardless of making it to Houston, but deep down I thought, ‘Bugger it, I want to qualify this time.’ ”

I do think his form has gone down pretty significantly since RG, though. The US Open was a bright spot, but even there he got through on guts rather than particularly good tennis, and other than that it's been all rather mediocre.

For Greg, Top 20 seems to me a reasonable target to aim at, though it'll be tough to achieve. Top 10 isn't going to happen.
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I dont like greg, but I think he is a very underrated player, he is not as awful as some people think.

I think he will end next year in the top 30

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I dont like greg, but I think he is a very underrated player, he is not as awful as some people think.

I think he will end next year in the top 30
so do i - if he doesn't get injured or get diagnosed positive for taking some illegal hair dye or cold remedy or get banned for wearing an alice band that goes 1mm over the legal width.
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I also feel that if Tim is going to win a Grand Slam then it will be at Roland Garros - Tim's game has changed and isnt working as good nowadays on the grass or fast hard courts. As for the main question I feel Tim will still be top 10 come the end of next year and Greg will be top 40.
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I also feel that if Tim is going to win a Grand Slam then it will be at Roland Garros - Tim's game has changed and isnt working as good nowadays on the grass or fast hard courts. As for the main question I feel Tim will still be top 10 come the end of next year and Greg will be top 40.
Roland Garros???? He won't have a run like that again I'm afraid. He will do the same as Pistol Pete - apper in RG semi once but never get close again.

His best chance is the Aussie Open. US Open doesn't suit him much and Wimbledon - each year he reacts worse and worse to the pressure and i see that great run (not being beaten before R4 in 10 years) being ended soon unfortunately.
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While I like Greg I think top 10 is very unrealistic instead of highly realistic

Top 30 and an excellent masters/slam is what he should be aiming for
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