Levine is into the semis of the Tulsa Challenger where he will meet Donald Young. He hasn't lost a set yet. He beat Fritz Wolmarans in the QFs, who beat John Isner in the previous round.
Levine really needed this. He hadn't won a main draw match in a pro event since Delray Beach in January.
Levine and Young, by the way, both reached the final of the 2006 National Championship in Kalamazoo, but Levine was unable to play due to illness. Hopefully they'll actually play this time. It's an interesting matchup. They're both fast lefties who generally play on the baseline but occasionally will come to net. Young has more power from what I've seen and is the more gifted player all around, but Levine has talent as well.
Good questions. It's hard for me to say without seeing him more. I've only seen him twice (once in college and in the U.S. Open against Davydenko).
Against Davydenko, he played a good first set, but then just lost it after that. I thought his footwork became sloppy. He made a lot of unforced errors, and while Davydenko's consistency undoubtedly contributed to that, Levine could have done much better.
He definitely needs to get in the weight room. His lack of power is his greatest weakness (and unforced errors if the Davydenko match was typical of him). His movement is great and his backhand has the potential to be good. I thought he showed the ability to take the ball early and hit with angles on the backhand side. I also like his willingness to come to net. He even serve-and-volleyed on occasion.
I know some people don't think he'll amount to much because of his lack of weapons, but I'm more optimistic. That said, these 0 and 1 scorelines make me wonder a little.
I saw Jesse play in the Tulsa event, against Dabul and Young. He's a lefty and has a solid game. He's able to generate a good amount of power off both wings, the serve is decent, and his volleying could use some work. Against Donald Young in Tulsa, Jesse was very inconsistent off the ground, all Donald had to do was keep it in play. I like this guys potential probably a top 65 guy eventually.
Tim Henman--Gael Monfils--James Blake--Donald Young--Rafael Nadal--Jo-Wilfried Tsonga--John Isner--Janko Tipsarevic--Richard Gasquet.