Originally Posted by Time Violation
No way, Denko achieved a lot - few years in top 5/6, 3 masters, 1 WTF. Half of his losses against Fed were straight sets, 1-5 against Roddick, 1-7 even against Blake, 0-4 against Hewitt etc. Just not good enough to do much more than that.
This is a logical fallacy. You're basically telling me what he did actually do in order to prove that he couldn't do better. Well then, I suppose no one is an underachiever or overachiever according to that logic...
Davydenko's problems were probably the worst scheduling ever seen, invariably burning himself out for big events, playing almost every week to gather prize money (his words) - just checked old ATP rankings and he played 32 events in 2006 for example
- and an incredible lack of self belief. He's probably the biggest choker every to be ranked in the world top 3. That also explains the H2Hs you mention by the way, it's common for mentally weak players to let bad matchups/negative head-to-heads get to their heads.
Don't see how anyone can deny his ballstriking talent though, he can take even Nadal's topspin forehands on the rise beautifully, which basically no one else can do without some serial shanking. He's a great talent just not a great competitor (which is usually what leads to player being underachievers - while the opposite is also true with great competitors often being preceived as overachievers).