I know, season isn't officially over yet, but last week in Madrid with everyone playing made me think about several players in different stages of their careers and how I would like next year to be their breakthrough year.
: for all of his great form of late and success in the TMS events this year, his poor results at the Slams can't be ignored.
He has made the QFs of three different Slams, and I hope next year (as he approaches 27) he will be able to take it to the next level and make at least a SF.
: I'm pretty sure by now almost everyone agrees the guy has a great game that can translate well to almost all surfaces, what he doesn't have is a QF appearance at a Slam, and anyone with that kind of game should aim to win at least one GS, especially when the guy is a sure bet whenever a 5th set is played.
I would love the BirdMan to make a strong statement at the Slams next year, as well as finish in the upper half of the top 10.
: A game with no weaknesses, great mental strength and maturity (despite some physical issues and leftovers of gamesmanship, probably from his junior days), proven ability on various surfaces, his game isn't my cup of tea but it's clear he's as good as almost everyone in the top 10 already, and I would like his results at the Slams and TMS events to show for it. Somehow I know they will.
: An intelligent player with already a nice list of scalps to his name, I would love him to improve on the physical side and play with more explosiveness. No doubt in my mind his 1st GS QF is around the corner, and he should aim to much more.
I'd love him to finish in the top 10.
: By now we all know he's not another Federer, and this year he has been cold, hot and cold again. Federer or not, it's time he started to realize 5% of his potential and although he's merely 20 the fact he hasn't made it past the 4th round of a Slam yet is shocking to me. He will, tough, and the sooner the better, and since I'd love him to one day threaten to win Slams, I'd love him to make his 1st Slam final in 2007