If you have then u would know, very few players have came down the pike in recent year that had the ability and more "upside" than Safin had.
thanks captain obvious
He came bursting on the scene at 19-20 years old and not only beat but DISSECTED a GOAT candidate and 29 year old Sampras in the finals of the USO.
we dont need a refresher course on one of the most revered matches in tennis history
Then 5 years later took everything a peak Federer had to offer at the AO and still came out win the win.
5 years is a lifetime. It was pretty obvious by that point that Safin was never going to live up to his potential.
Whats Gulbis ever done on this level?
he's done nothing. Zero. He stinks. I dislike Gulbis just as much as everyone else on this forum. But I thought we were talking about POTENTIAL, not PAST RESULTS.
A hippopotamus is smart enough to figure out that Gulbis has just about as much potential as anyone else in the game right now.
Will he ever put it together? I certainly doubt it. But whether or not he does is irrelevant to this discussion.