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Most Improved Players of 2005 not including Nadal and Gasquet

Nadal was clearly the most improved player of 2005 and as for Gasquet there has been enough talk about him already.

These are guys who have improved this year, but are not necessarily getting recognition cause they been overlooked by performances from Nadal and the other youngsters.

Davydenko: Plays virtually every week and finally turned in some excellent results like the QF at the AO, he was outstanding against Cañas, semi at RG, semi in Hamburg and Barcelona and also some good results indoors as well. He will always be one of those guys overlooked, irrespective of how he performs.

Ferrer: He has decided not to be as passive as he was previously and showed a marked improvement, sure he had the benefit of a meltdown of Malisse and the injury of Zabaleta in Monte Carlo, but he was able to improve off the clay with good performances in Miami and Madrid, plus doing well in RG and Rome. Great fighting spirit and won a lot of matches, that he should have been put away in.

Ginepri: Decided to stick a very simple game plan which works for him and gets the job done and once he beat Roddick for the first time, then he rode on a wave of confidence throughout the American season, with his excellent performances in Cincy and the US Open. All these guys should be looked at by some of the more talented players out there, as an example of what can be done if prepared to put the work in.

Ljubicic: Has had a big season with the potential to lead Croatia to its first Davis Cup, he has done well, though still lacking a breakthrough in the big events, losing finals to Federer and Nadal are not bad performances, but he was favoured to beat J.Johansson and Berdych. His efforts won't be overlooked not with the vocal Croatian MTF population.

It's not a question of whether I like these guys or not, but they all have stepped up to the plate in 2005 and improved their games noticeably. The question is it a career year for them, or can they improve more?

There are others as well like Gonzalez, but who have the most improvements from the players who have been around for more than 2 years.

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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Re: Most Improved Players of 2005 not including Nadal and Gasquet

considering Ginepri recently beat Davydenko, Ferrer, & Gasquet, and played very well against Nadal, I guess you had to include him in your list...
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yep...i would agree with all 4 of them. and am particularly happy for ferrer...never expected him to finish in the top 20!!!
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and am particularly happy for ferrer...never expected him to finish in the top 20!!!
not even his mum could think it
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considering Ginepri recently beat Davydenko, Ferrer, & Gasquet, and played very well against Nadal, I guess you had to include him in your list...
It's not a popularity contest.

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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Ginepri certainly - he looked like he was going the same way as JMG despite being more talented. A fanatastic end to the year for him and I see him as being a consistent top 30 player now if he remains physically and mentally ( ) healthy.

On a lesser note, Andy Murray has improved greatly
He was a talented player at the start of the year but was confined to winning futures titles and little else. How things can change with one trip to London's grass courts
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Gael Monfils play good this 2nd half of year - winning title, and making 2 losing finals.
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Ferrero made an good step in the good direction again! And olivier rochus!

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Re: Most Improved Players of 2005 not including Nadal and Gasquet

Hanescu, Vik, Serra (I still wonder how he managed to win that title, similar weird stuff as Ventura last year )
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Wes Moodie, another bolter who pulled out 2 titles this season, the Wimbledon one was surprising enough, but winning a singles title beating Nieminen and Ancic when he didn't have much singles form and hasn't had much since.

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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Juan Martín del Potro: He started the season at the 1045th place in the ATP Ranking, and he's now 159th. He's 17 years old and yesterday won his first Challenger in Uruguay
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i think, i 'll give my vote for :Mariano puerta.though i guess, he can do more..
second comes Monfils.
then Ginepri with obvious accomplishements.

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Juan Martín del Potro: He started the season at the 1045th place in the ATP Ranking, and he's now 159th. He's 17 years old and yesterday won his first Challenger in Uruguay
Yes, and hopefully he can play some main level events next year.

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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Robby, Ivan and David for me!

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my list is...Mariano Puerta, definetely, for his 2 titles this year+ RG final and Vietnam semi's. Then Serra, for his beautiful fight here in Bucharest...
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