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.