Originally Posted by Hewitt =Legend
That match against Koellerer was actually high quality stuff and one of the most entertaining matches of the tournament. And he ended up dismantling Cilic quite convincingly in the end, I think the last three sets were like 3,2,1 or something and he played at a high standard even though Cilic folded pretty meekly. Destroys Nadal in the semis and then beats Federer in the final.
I'm sorry, but I call beating Nadal and Federer back2back catching fire even if he didn't play at his peak all the way through (your words).
And to answer the thread question again, I think it is extremely unlikely he can win one in the forseeable future unless he can improve the points I made in my aforementioned post. To many flaws in his game... (yes, they were there before the wrist surgery as well)
I agree that the match vs Koelerer was very entertaining
He did end up routining Marin in the end, but things would have been quite tough if Cilic was mentally tougher and hadn't imploded, he was a set and a break up and frankly dominating most exchanges. Cilic most definitely let Del Potro back into the match like he did Murray last year at the same stage.
I don't call it catching fire because his overall record against those two in 2009 was 5-4 (3-1 vs Rafa, 2-3 vs Federer) and he had won his two previous matches vs Rafa before USO. It's not like he only beat them in that tournament and it came totally out of the blue. I remember a lot of people at the time expected him to beat Murray and Nadal to reach the final - very few though (myself not included) expected him to actually beat Federer in his first Slam final. If he won, say, RG this year in June I'd agree that he'd have to catch fire and perform way above his level since at the moment he's not at the level of the top guys (or close) and hasn't been since coming back from surgery; in 2009 though, he was.
And I agree that he always had flaws in his game, namely concerning his movement and fitness (and dealing with slices). Lack of plan B isn't really one though imo. I mean, it's not like the players at the top of the game bar Federer are known for employing a variety of strategies to throw their opponents off, they are just better at the key attributes rewarded in this era of tennis: movement, fitness, defense... I do agree that JMDP needs to improve on a few aspects to be a stronger contender. And yes, the weaknesses were there before the injury, but he could keep even the top players at bay with his power and avoid getting those weaknesses fully exposed; surgery forced him to pretty much start from scratch. I'm sure you know how tough it is to return from a major surgery being a Hewitt fan (not that I'm comparing the two, Hewitt definitely had it much tougher with injuries overall).