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Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

owkay, first of all there's nothing more difficult than predicting Xavier's future. But I have the impression he's on a roll right now, crushing Andreas Seppi 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter-final of Adelaide. And he managed to finally win a close three-set-match (against Ancic). He already had so many in the past and he seemed to lose them almost every time, especially those against Lleyton Hewitt. But now against Ancic he had three match points against him and still managed to win the match 3-6 6-3 7-6(8). Of course at the other side of the net there was also someone who is little known for choking on important points, but nevertheless not bad for a headcase like Xavier

Xavier's at his best when he hasn't got any points to defend. Last year he reached the 2nd round in Adelaide and lost 1st rounds at Sydney and the Australian Open. With almost no points to defend I see him climbing in the ranks the following weeks very quickly. Now if he only could take out some top-10 players... should give him a boost of confidence. And he knows himself he's capable of it. Especially after his 4th round match against Agassi at the US Open where he finally lost 3-6 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 2-6. But being two sets down and still coming back isn't quite what we used to know from Xavier. He also did it in his US Open 3rd round against Youzhny 5-7 1-6 6-1 7-5 7-6(1).

So good forecasts, good expectations, and still... you never know with the X-man. Let's hope he can make it this year.


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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

You never know. I was very impressed with his match with Agassi at USO. Better late than never.
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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

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So good forecasts, good expectations, and still... you never know with the X-man. Let's hope he can make it this year.
You have to be an eternal optimist to be a fan of the X-man but I'm hoping with you that he can show us beautiful tennis this season without his usual mental breakdowns.
That match against Agassi in the USO: he began too slow but set 3 en 4 were just fantastic. Too bad that he could not finish it off.

His last match against Seppi was 6-0, 6-1 (Seppi did take out Blake, didn't he?).
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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

im really really hoping
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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

I hope too Very good beginning of the year for Xavier.

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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

*crosses her fingers*
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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

here's hoping - not since the s/f of wimb 2002 have I been so excited. I think the match against AA at the US Open last year, although he lost, would have restored some belief. C'mon X - let's win Adelaide and get the year off to a stonking start!

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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

if fix all right, wish X-man more powerful though Ancic out
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Very unlikely... but possible.

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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

Isn't that being said for him year after year...We'll just have to wait and see I guess...
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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

I always try NOT to hope too much concerning Xavier.
Because: just when I have lost hope, he does well. And when I am hopeful again, he blows it.
So I take it like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get. Well, you know you will pull out your hair and bit your nails, that's for sure.

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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

Actually Malisse's breakthrough year was when he won the doubles French Open title and his first singles title. He also was once in the top 20 so I don't know what 'breakthrough' means to you.

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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

Xavier's highlights are:
* 2002: semi-final Wimbledon
* dec 2002: highest entry-ranking: 19
* 2004: french open doubles champion
* 2005: first win in an ATP tournament

I'd like to see him achieve two similar results out of the list in the same year. And a place in the top-20.
I've got the feeling Xavier has got some spectacular results in a year and after that he gets four or five first round losses in a row. Ups and many downs... If he starts being constant in his results, that would be already a 'breakthrough' an sich.


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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

Hell no.
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Re: Xavier Malisse: Is 2006 his breakthrough year?

But in his 2002 W SF, he wasn't well. At the time, they said he suffered from extreme anxiety, but correct me if I'm wrong, I believe he has since had a heart operation to correct his condition. IMO, his best tennis is yet to come.

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