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Malisse & other favourite frustrating players outside the top 30 ( no former top 10s)

Yes, I'd thought and try something different and talk about a player who doesn't get noticed very much. Also what are other posters favourite players, no matter how frustrating they are. It's easy to follow winners, but not as fun

Well I have a soft spot for Jose Acasuso and it's a bit disappointing to see him not performing to what he is capable of. I mean I don't expect 50 or 60 undefeated clay wins or huge hardcourt titles.

He has a good serve, good groundstrokes and made the Buenos Aires final losing to Guga very early in his career. He had a good breakthrough at RG this year,and is ranked in the top 50, but has gone backwards since then and not forwards.

It seems he can only be consistent in Sopot or against Mathieu. I mean Chucho always looks stoned when he is on court, even when he is winning.

Then again Gaudio the ultimate frustrating player to me is like following a non-successful football team, plenty of years doing that, no matter what happens you're still there and support them and wait for that eventual brilliant moment.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1

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Re: Jose Acasuso and other favourite frustrating players outside the top 10

mario ancic is another frustrating player. his not even in the top 20 but he has so much talent and is a great player, i really thought by now he wld be top 10 or on the fringe of top 10.
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Igor Andreev is a total headwrecker.

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Igor Andreev is a total headwrecker.
Why? I agree with it for sure.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Igor Andreev is a total headwrecker.
yeh definatley
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Why? I agree with it for sure.
He's a talented guy, he can do well one week and bomb out in the next 5 1st rounds.

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Re: Jose Acasuso the Sopot king and favourite frustrating players outside the top 30

He can be consistent against Andreev Too
He always plays well in Buenos Aires,Costa do Sauipe,Sopot,Bucarest And Palermo
[QUOTE=GeorgeWHitler]It seems he can only be consistent in Sopot or against MathieuQUOTE]
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Pippo Volandri, all backhand and no serve, a man destined never to be as good as he could be even on clay, let alone other surfaces. He has some great groundstrokes and solid defence, his match against Nalbandian in Rome last year was just about the best of the tournament, but without a decent delivery he can get outhit by baseliners who are more consistent off the ground.

Pavel, a veteran whose results I started to follow too late in his career, but when a commentator suggested during last year's claycourt season that he was on his way to the Top 10 I really believed it was possible. Yes, he was Federer's whipping boy, but he also had good showings at a lot of big events and lost tough matches to good players, e.g. to Coria in Monte Carlo. Since then it's been all downhill, with more injuries and an inability to string wins together where it counts most.

Florian Mayer. I can hardly believe he's down to 96 (!) in the world, when he was carving up big-hitting opponents with his clever slice and dice plays at Wimbledon last year. The only man I've seen attempt a jumped backhand dropshot return, and he was giving Agassi fits at the US Open for a set before he had to retire.

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He can be consistent against Andreev Too
He always plays well in Buenos Aires,Costa do Sauipe,Sopot,Bucarest And Palermo
Sopot and Palermo they are his spots. He should be doing a lot better, he lost to Feli Lopez on clay, at least it wasn't Srichaphan.

He had his moment in Buenos Aires, but he only performs in the optional clay events when he decides to have 1 good week and 10 bad ones.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Florian Mayer. I can hardly believe he's down to 96 (!) in the world, when he was carving up big-hitting opponents with his clever slice and dice plays at Wimbledon last year. The only man I've seen attempt a jumped backhand dropshot return, and he was giving Agassi fits at the US Open for a set before he had to retire.
Mayer has gone that low???

How many times must we of shot nerves witness the undoubted pain & suffering of muppets everywhere before we stand up against the cavemen??

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British tennis is such a laughing stock that Volandri's only grass success was provided by one of our own. He even nearly beat Ivanisevic afterwards!

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Acasuso looked very strong on the defence in that final set against Roddick, hitting the most amazing passing winners off both the forehand and the backhand when stretched out wide - not exactly the lousy brainless dirtballer that geniuses like Fumus tried to paint him as beforehand. But then he went and played Puerta in the next round, Eurosport briefly went over to the match to show the last couple of games of the first set where he was broken and lost it 6-4, and then they went back little more than an hour later and he'd been wiped out 4, 1 and 1. Consistency and stamina against determined opponents is something of a problem for him.

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

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Mayer has gone that low???
Yep, I see on the ATP website he's dropped 13 spots - must be the loss of QF points from Kitzbuhel last year, combined with the points he lost at Wimbledon this year.

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

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Acasuso looked very strong on the defence in that final set against Roddick, hitting the most amazing passing winners off both the forehand and the backhand when stretched out wide - not exactly the lousy brainless dirtballer that geniuses like Fumus tried to paint him as beforehand. But then he went and played Puerta in the next round, Eurosport briefly went over to the match to show the last couple of games of the first set where he was broken and lost it 6-4, and then they went back little more than an hour later and he'd been wiped out 4, 1 and 1. Consistency and stamina against determined opponents is something of a problem for him.
Acasuso played very well in those last 3 sets against Roddick and even with the break down, he seemed to have everything in his keep and was hitting very good backhands and that genius Gilbert said he had a weak serve, which is far from the case.

He seems to lack some confidence as well and I remember when he was playing against Gonzo at the AO this year, he was hitting some very good strokes and was patient and it took a sneaky timeout by Gonzo to change momentum.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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I couldn't believe it when I heard about his weak serve, it was accepted as fact by a lot of the Roddick fans and I just thought back to that match with Federer at the US Open in 2003, where he was hitting first serves regularly over 125mph for the first couple of sets. And he outaced Roddick something like 25-18 in the end, didn't he?

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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