Who was the most surprising player of this season,in a good or in a bad way?

11-16-2008, 11:05 PM
I'd say Simple Simon.
Very few could have believed he would have such a season considering the clear absence of weapons in his game.
With Tsonga or Del Potro,you could at least see they had a few weapons in their games.

El Legenda
11-16-2008, 11:07 PM
Rick James.

11-16-2008, 11:07 PM
I'd agree Simon because he's come outta nowhere and done brilliantly.

11-16-2008, 11:35 PM
For me it was Simon. I didn't expect him at the TMC. Didn't expect anything from him at all.

Federer was a surprise in that his first title was Estoril.

11-16-2008, 11:41 PM
simon at least have 2 very good clay court seasons and for me was not so suprise..more suprise was that he had very good results on clay and not at hardcourt...
For me first was Tsonga and second Murray .. I didnt have repect on Murray game play , but this year he improved very much his shoots...

11-16-2008, 11:47 PM
G. Simon by far.

11-16-2008, 11:52 PM
S I M O N :bowdown:

11-17-2008, 02:58 PM
Rainer Schüttler

11-17-2008, 03:01 PM
Simon is fast becomming a legend, his fighting skills match the best of all time.

11-17-2008, 03:12 PM
Federer in a bad way, and Simon...I didn´t spect to see him in TMC.

11-17-2008, 03:21 PM
Murray, I expected that all his fans were buying the British media hype and inevitable fail as all British tennis players do.

11-17-2008, 03:22 PM
Safin making Wimbledon Semi.

11-17-2008, 03:43 PM
Simon and Murray, for sure. Federer salvaged his year for me by winning the U.S. Open, although next year will be very telling.

11-17-2008, 04:38 PM
Simon and Federer. Federer did well to win the US open so that saved him a bit but still a bad year for the Swiss. As for Simon what a fighter he is, he has done very well.

11-17-2008, 05:20 PM
del potro's 4 in a row
kei nishikori winning a title out of nowhere
mardy fish walking on water in indian wells
tsonga's AO run, and even more surprising is the season he had, managing to Q for TMC

11-17-2008, 07:14 PM
Safin making Wimbledon Semi.

that indeed came out of nowhere!

but if we take the year as a whole, Simon was the biggest surprise for me. really didn't expect anything from him. there was absolutely no hype around him (as opposed to the hype around gasquet, tsonga or monfils in the french papers)

11-17-2008, 08:35 PM
Nalbandian on a bad way and Simon on a good way

Expected Nalbandian back in the top 4 or 5 with regular semifinals or more at the slams, though he won some small tournaments and one big tournament he should give us more..

Simon at no.7 that is a big surprise though he is a good player....in my opinion there are better players around. So well done Gilles

Tsonga should be mentioned, respect for this guy, qualifying for the masters and not playing two grand slams, allways in a fight with his body, hopefully he stays healthy

11-17-2008, 08:47 PM
Simon is fast becomming a legend, his fighting skills match the best of all time.


11-18-2008, 12:47 AM
maximillian abel was pretty surprising this year... surprised me anyways...

11-18-2008, 12:54 AM
positive definitely Simon (others Nadal, Tsonga, Schuettler)

negative Baghdatis :( (others Haas, Hewitt, Ljubicic)

11-18-2008, 02:01 AM
Good suprise- Tsonga,Simon and Murray (i knew Murray would get there i just didn't think it would be that fast).

Bad- Youzhny. He started the year well in Chennai and the rest of the year was a disgrace.

11-18-2008, 04:27 AM
I think Murray is a top15 player

11-18-2008, 02:12 PM
in a good way: GILLES :rocker2:, Del Potro, Tsonga

in a bad way: Federror, Ljubomug

11-18-2008, 02:22 PM
what's so surprising about ljubicic this year? :confused:

11-18-2008, 02:46 PM
what's so surprising about ljubicic this year? :confused:

He was a Top5-player 2 years ago and a top20-player one year ago (I know some don't like it, but it's a fact), so I agree that there was a tendency downwards, but somehow I felt his serve would guarantee him a better position for at least more 2 or 3 years than he has now.

11-18-2008, 05:55 PM
Gasquet in a very very bad way :(

11-18-2008, 06:05 PM
tsonga, no question. guy is a legit contender now, while year a ago he was occasional journeyman. I doubt anyone expected this turn of events regarding him.

Del Potro had some expectations.

11-18-2008, 06:06 PM
Gasquet in a very very bad way :(
nothing surprising about him. It ways only a question of time.

11-18-2008, 06:47 PM
good way: simon, murray, schüttler
bad way: fed, ljubo, youzhny, ferrer

11-18-2008, 07:20 PM
Federer, for loosing Wimby+++ and then coming back for USO.

11-19-2008, 07:52 AM
I also said Simon, mainly because the others had at least some expectation above their heads, but no one really saw Simon coming until he was well into kicking their asses.

11-19-2008, 10:36 AM
Nadal in a good way

Gasquet in a bad way

11-19-2008, 11:11 AM
What pleased me very much was Tsonga & Delpo doing great, but that wasn't really a surprise.

Simon on the other hand. I would never have thought he could get these results.

11-19-2008, 09:04 PM
Gasquet in the worse way possible

Michael Bluth
11-19-2008, 10:03 PM
Good: Rainer Schuettler. Just totally out of nowhere, even more so than Safin, Tsonga, Simon, Fish and Del Potro, All those get an honorable mention though.
Bad: Federer losing no.1, Gasquet going from French no.1 to French no.4, Hewitt going from top 20 to 70, Haas going from 10 to 85 and Baghdatis going from 16 to 100.

11-20-2008, 12:04 AM
In a good way, Murray. I did not think he had it in him.

In a bad way? World 100th ranked player: Baghdatis, Marcos.

11-20-2008, 12:21 AM

Many people including myself thought this would be the year that he would drop out of the top 5 at least.

Even though after some disappointing grand slam results where he usually does really well and earn large amounts of points, he did surprisingly well in the Master series.

11-20-2008, 01:41 AM
Guccione for getting a thread in GM

not sure if it's in good or bad way though