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Another season is here, guys! With Domi's first breakthrough to the Top 10, winning 4 titles in 3 surfaces last year, he will now face the next step on his career -- could he actually win a big title? Through good times or bad, this is the thread to be! Let's check his progress, and comment on what he can improve, what he must remove, and other things that highlights Domi's 2017.



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First up, Brisbane -- first match is on Doubles with Nishikori but it will be interesting to see if he recovered well enough to show that he has leveled up on his game.



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This promises to be a very interesting and extremely important year in Dominic's career. Thus far he has progressed at a steady pace making significant improvements year in year out. While he has had low points during every year of his professional career the trend line has been consistently upwards. Now that he has reached the top 10 and at 23 years of age there can be no lowering of expectations. Reaching the second week of slams or a Quarter Finals in masters series is no longer a good week, it is simply par for the course. He isn't a promising youngster anymore, he is a top player and his results will be judged accordingly. To continue his progression he needs to be in the business end of mandatory tournaments on a fairly regular basis.

He has seemingly had the ideal off season, a couple of weeks of lazing about on the beach, a couple of weeks of practice in Tenerife, home for XMAS then out to Australia nice and early with two doubles matches to ease him in. He looks and healthy and happy and will hopefully make a good start to the season.
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7-6 6-3 against Groth, next up: Dimitrov.

11 Aces, 16 Winners, 10 Unforced Errors.

Serve looked pretty good today.

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First tennis match of the season for Domi tomorrow against Dimi. Let's see what's going on, or maybe not, match will start at 05:30

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Great match by both Domi and Grigor but I wonder how can he do to fix that BP problem -- multiple matches having 10+ wasted BP opportunities is not a good flaw to have.



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I am not worried about the Dimitrov loss as Dominic is always a player who needs a few matches under his belt before playing at his best. Sydney has a pretty weak field and he really should be going deep, hopefully taking the title and giving him some confidence and momentum going into the Australian Open.

The break points thing is definitely something that he needs to overcome sooner rather than later. It is obviously a bit of a mental block and has clearly become more and more frustrating for him over time. Sometimes he is too passive on break points, other times he is reckless, other times he just can't put a return in play and sometimes he misses fairly easy opportunities.
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So Sydney next and he does have a good chance to win it yet I wonder if it is good to have a tournament just before a Slam (worked in RG with Nice but I think it would've been better if he reserved some energy before it).



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So Sydney next and he does have a good chance to win it yet I wonder if it is good to have a tournament just before a Slam (worked in RG with Nice but I think it would've been better if he reserved some energy before it).
It's a maximum of 4 best of 3 set matches and he isn't playing doubles so at most he will spend 10 hours on court. I think match wins, momentum and confidence are of much greater importance than saving every last drop of energy.
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@Brit Tennis Fan Happy to hear he's going to minimize doubles this year. Let's see, I mean we are just starting the season so it may not affect him for AO specifically. I am just hoping for no burnout this year. The last parts of last year was rough.



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@Brit Tennis Fan Happy to hear he's going to minimize doubles this year. Let's see, I mean we are just starting the season so it may not affect him for AO specifically. I am just hoping for no burnout this year. The last parts of last year was rough.
For three years in a row he has tailed off towards the end of year but to some degree I think that is simply to be expected. His game is built for clay and slower hard courts so the faster hard courts and/or indoor hard courts towards the end of the year are never likely to see him at his best. That being the case I don't see too much logic in playing less on his better surfaces in order to be fresh for Shanghai and Paris in the autumn. As long as he can make it to the US Open in decent shape I am not really bothered what happens after that.

It is certainly clear that a couple of bouts of illness and a few minor injuries did cause him problems from Wimbledon onward but it is hard to know how much his schedule contributed to that. Quite clearly he either doesn't think it was a major factor or that he is better equipped to handle such a heavy schedule this year.
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Well Sydney didn't turn out that well but at least it was a couple of fairly long matches so hopefully he is in a reasonable place heading into the Australian Open. He has a reasonable draw in the early rounds so hopefully he can play himself into form. Possible route is something like this

R1: Struff
R2: Sousa / Thompson
R3: Lopez / Fognini / Paire / Haas
R4: Goffin / Karlovic
QF: Djokovic / Dimitrov
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Pretty favourable draw IMO. Struff can be tricky at times but Sousa is probably his favourite match-up on tour and Thompson shouldn't be a threat at all. R3 is obviously a bit tougher but nothing overly difficult either. He's had some problems with Goffin in the past and the match-up doesn't really favour him, but reaching the fourth round is already a solid result considering the circumstances.
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Well after an unspectacular but in the circumstances satisfactory Australian Open we now have a what looks like being a very busy February for Dominic with lots of points to defend. He starts his Sofia campaign on Thursday and his potential route is as follows

R1: Bye
R2: Basilashvili
QF: Klizan
SF: Dimitrov
F: Goffin / RBA

Really should be a SF as a minimum but who knows at the moment.
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Basilashvili first, should be interesting to see his Level there.

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