I think men's tennis needs one of these fine players to step up to the plate and win their second grand slam singles title as soon as possible and then give the multi talented Roger Federer some serious competiton in the coming years. Who do you think it will be? My guess is Andy Roddick but I would be happy with Marat Safin. And besides being a great clay court player Juan-Carlos Ferrero is a good hard court player thus he has a chance to win the U.S. Open and the Australian Open when he is healthy.
07-07-2004, 03:36 PM
It's so hard to say since one's had an awful year of injuries and illness and another has had a year of being a headcas :p I think it could be any of them, and I all think they'll win a second major at some point relatively soon (next couple of years) - especially b/c they're all a threat for multiple majors - all three of them have made the SF at at least three of the slams, AND the finals of two! :)
07-07-2004, 03:47 PM
:wavey: Hi, the cat!
I really want to see multiple major winners among the top players - no flukes please. As a fan, I would like the unpredictability. But, of the three you mentioned, Andy seems most likely to pull another USO or an AO before the other two for the reasons bunk stated.
I'm still holding out hope for Hewitt to stay in the fray and Nalbandian to finally clinch a major. He's a contender on all surfaces. As much as I hear commentators talk about David's mental strength, I don't feel that he believes he can really get a major trophy. He always comes up just short. Now, he's dealing with health and fitness issues and I don't know how those will affect his confidence.
07-07-2004, 03:51 PM
Roddick will win this years US open, so Roddick will be the first to win the second Grand slam.
07-07-2004, 04:01 PM
Right now its looking like Roddick. He will be one of the favourites, if not the favourite to take out the US Open.
The others dont look like coming close to winning a GS in their present condition. I am doubting whether Safin will win another in his career, it seems like he does not possess the mentality to do so.
07-07-2004, 04:12 PM
Well said bunk. I hope you're right about Safin, Ferrero and Roddick winning their second grand slam singles titles in the near future. Men's tennis doesn't need Roger Federer to have 6 grand slam singles titles one year from now while Safin, Ferrero and Roddick are still stuck on 1 grand slam singles title a piece! :eek:
Hi JMP! :wavey: Long time no see. And I don't think there are any fluke grand slam winners in men's tennis. Thomas Johansson and Petr Korda deserved the respective Australian Open's they won.
I think David Nalbandian can win a grand slam singles title if he is healthy. And Lleyton Hewitt is certainly still in the grand slam mix.
07-07-2004, 04:15 PM
I agree. Roddick will defend his US Open title unless an injury holds him back from doing that.
07-07-2004, 04:15 PM
Definitely Andy out of the 3. Sad to say, but Ferrero couldn't even beat an unseeded player yesterday, so I doubt he would be getting back any time soon. Safin, I wonder when his desire will be back. Andy wants to win USO probably more than anyone else, and is in great shape, with great confidence. We will see how he will do in the next 2 TMS.
07-07-2004, 04:20 PM
like bunk says...these 3 guys have been to at least 2 major finals and a few semis which is a very good accomplishment....but it looks like roddick will win his 2nd major 1st
07-07-2004, 07:30 PM
Safin and Ferrero probably will win at least one more but they don't look to be in a position to win one very soon. Roddick, on the other hand, is playing well and full of confidence.
07-07-2004, 07:50 PM
If I'm to hedge a bet on a true rival for Fed, I would say Rafi.
Marc Rosset is Tall
07-07-2004, 08:01 PM
Thomas Johansson or Albert Costa.
07-07-2004, 08:04 PM
i feel it will be roddick, i think he has a great chance of winning the usopen. im sure ferrero will win another slam, and also marat if he puts his mind back into the game. but for the near future, i think roddick is the most likely, because of his form and upcoming events
07-07-2004, 08:18 PM
I'm going against the grain and picking Ferrero. The reason is because Ferrero is a bigger favorite on his best surface than the others are on theirs.
Roddick has a great chance to win the U.S. Open and has to be a front-runner, but Federer has just as big a chance if not bigger. An in form Safin would be close or equal. Then there is a whole slew of players who play really well on the hard courts and I'd consider them only a notch or two below them and can threaten them.
I think Safin's best chance is at the Australian, but he faces similar problems as above.
Ferrero, when he's at his best, is a clear leader at the French - maybe alongside Coria (though he has his obvious physical problems even when healthy). Obviously there are a lot of guys who can play well at the French, but I just think there's more equal footing at the hard court tournaments than the clay court tournaments. Yes, Ferrero hasn't looked good this year, but the French is a long ways away and I think he'll recover.
07-07-2004, 10:14 PM
I'd like to think it would be Juan Carlos, but my head says that Roddick is more favourite than him (and of course than Marat) to win both the USO and the AO.
07-07-2004, 11:24 PM
Well Roddick certainly got the highest (and by far atm) chance of being the next one...
07-08-2004, 12:35 AM
Roddick. imo he has the goods to win 3 out of the 4. Safin has the goods to win 3 of them (sorry I doubt he'll ever win wimbledon), but his head and desire to win suck of ass. Ferrero has a shot at one every year, and the other 2 slams he can win (AO and USO) he'll never really be a front runner for them and his form has sucked since the end of last year.
07-08-2004, 04:23 AM
I would have to probably say Roddick but he will have a lot of pressure on him to defend his title. You just never know with Safin and the way he will perform. He just may surprise us all and I think that Ferrero is still lacking confidence and am not sure if he will be at his best by then.
07-08-2004, 04:37 AM
I hope JC:)!
07-08-2004, 05:30 AM
07-08-2004, 06:27 AM
Hi i think Roddick will win USO.
07-08-2004, 06:31 AM
I hope it is Juan Carlos....
07-08-2004, 08:02 AM
That's an interesting question. As many others have answered already, I'm going to go with Roddick too. Roddick has made it clear that he wants to win and if he had run into anyone but Roger at Wimbledon, I think he would have. Safin is so talented and could be one of the greats but there are too many if's with him. Even if he makes the finals of the next two grand slams, facing unseeded players, it's still not a gimme because you never know if Safin will show up with the game he's capable of. Ferrero, I easily could be wrong, he's an unbelievable tennis player, but I get the feeling he's almost experiencing a '95 Agassi, where Ferrero gave it his best last year and it wasn't enough to be number 1 and it's going to take him time to recover from, such as Agassi losing to Sampras at the Open in '95. So again, I'm going to have to say Roddick.
07-08-2004, 09:10 AM
i think federer will bet roddick at the USO, and then ferrero will take the AO title next year if he beats federer, if not then theres always the FO, which ferrero would win easily, so i'm gonna say ferrero
07-08-2004, 10:21 AM
Roddick I think.
Ferrero I hope.
07-08-2004, 11:11 AM
Roddick might be fatigued by the time USO starts so I think Safin has more chances this year.
07-08-2004, 02:49 PM
well they said he might be fatigued last year too and he wasn't, so I don't think that's an issue as he's only conditioned better this year than last.
But, he has a hip injury now.... so that's a different story altogether.
07-08-2004, 03:50 PM
I think Roddick.
he will win the USO if he is healthy and he has got no weak moments.
I think he is able to beat Federer there.
But I hope Ferrero will be first to win his second major.
He could win the AO and the FO if he gets healthy again.
07-08-2004, 05:23 PM
Even though I'm a Marat fan, I feel that his chances of winning another GS is slowly slipping away... He just isn't commited enough to win another one...
I would say Roddick (can't believe I'm saying this) has the best chance .
07-08-2004, 05:24 PM
Good point made by Tazban how Ferrero is a bigger favorite on his best surface than Safin and Roddcik are on their favorite surfaces.
And I do think Roddick needs to play less tennis in the future. He will probably be tired this year by the time the U.S. Open rolls around. Roddick will be playing the Olympics this summer in addition to his usual heavy load of hard court tournaments. Thus he is likely to be tired by the time the U.S. Open commences.
07-08-2004, 05:36 PM
the_cat, technically he is playing the same number of tournaments as last summer... Olympics in place of Washington DC... so the only one he could've skipped would be Indy, but he's defending the title there, plus he needs a warmup before the much bigger tournies the rest of the season.. so yea it looks like too much tennis but he doesn't really have a choice. The Olympics is a bit different b/c it's overseas and he's playing doubles but the difference is pretty small, and there are weeks off in there.
Plus don't forget that Andy's the type who plays better when he plays a lot. When he's in a groove and playing well and has high confidence, he's playing his best... like last summer :)
That being said.... this hip injury could change everything depending on how serious it is.
07-09-2004, 09:43 AM
Probobly Roddick :rolleyes: Poor Ferrero!! :sad: :sad: What a horrible year for him. I told people earlier not to right him off, but i find myself doing that now :sad: Safin, the OAF!! :( There's no excuses for him, atleast Ferrero has been injured, and has excuses. It really does seem like a two man race for the US Open title :rolleyes: :o . Only Roger will stop Roddick, out of the top ten, from retaining that US Open, UNLESS, Nalbandian is healthy and confident, or he draws Henman, who is playing well. ;) .
07-09-2004, 03:17 PM
Fedex, there are several players who could beat Roddick at the U.S. Open. And the pressure on Roddick to repeat as U.S. Open champion will be immense.
bunk, if Roddick has a hip injury then he better be careful about not playing too much tennis because hard court are unforgiving to the body. And I know Roddick plays better when he's in a groove but playing alot of tournaments will eventually catch up with Andy. And maybe it already has with this hip injury he has. :(
07-09-2004, 03:41 PM
playing 5 hardcourt tournaments isn't much (3 of them are manditory, and in a lot of other people's eyes, so is the Olympics, so his "workload" is fine) he has 2 weeks off right now to recuperate, and he has a week off or 2 during the hardcourt circuit as well.
And I wasn't just focusing on the USO (like pretty much evry single poster here did) since that is the next slam. I was just talking in general about who would win their next slam, whether it be this USO, or the AO, etc.