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The 2009 Challenger Player of the Year [Winner: Horacio Zeballos]

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:55 PM
The 2009 Challenger Player of the Year

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Welcome!

The 2009 Challenger Tour has come to an end, and in staying true to the tradition that was built up in the last three years, it is time to elect the season's best Challenger player. This year saw 11 fewer tournaments being held (162 to 173 in 2008) with 111 unique tournament winners in singles. Additionally, these winners came from 39 different countries and from 6 different continents. In doubles, 166 players racked up at least one Challenger title. In short, many players enjoyed at least some success, and this means that there are plenty of players to choose from in this year-end competition.

Previous Winners:

2008 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif Eduardo Schwank
2007 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wuy.gif Pablo Cuevas
2006 - http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif Guillermo Cañas


It was also a turbulent year in which several players who started the year in Challengers rose to the Top 100 to get direct entry into Grand Slams (e.g. TBA), while some players formerly performing almost solely at ATP-level could not avoid sliding down the ladder and had to start playing Challengers, with mixed success (e.g. TBA).

While some of these players rose mostly due to successes in events other than Challengers, in this poll you are asked to focus on Challenger results only. In particular, when voting, you are asked to keep the following questions in mind:

Who has won the most titles?
Who has won the strongest tournaments?
Who has the better win/loss record?
Who was the best all-court player, racking up successes on all surfaces?
Whose game has proven to be the most consistent?
Who excelled in both singles and doubles?In any case, please do not be led by nationalism or fanaticism.

The contestants:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif Michael Russell

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wua.gif Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr.

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wsk.gif Lukas Lacko

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbe.gif Xavier Malisse

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wde.gif Florian Mayer

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif Horacio Zeballos

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wnl.gif Thiemo de Bakker

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wde.gif Benjamin Becker

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wjm.gif Dustin Brown

Other [Please specify]
All contestants will be properly introduced in posts #2 - #11.

Have fun voting!

:wavey:

Your Moderators,

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbr.gif Edu [Zirconek]
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wnl.gif Tijn [CooCooCachoo]

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
STATISTICS

Top 25 Overall Win/Loss Record:
Filtered for a minimum of 15 matches (n > 14)

93.75% Marcos Baghdatis (15 W, 1 L)
87.10% Benjamin Becker (27 W, 4 L)
81.25% Kristof Vliegen (13 W, 3 L)
78.95% Andreas Beck (15 W, 4 L)
77.78% Horacio Zeballos (49 W, 14 L)
77.50% Juan-Ignacio Chela (31 W, 9 L)
77.27% Nicolas Lapentti (17 W, 5 L)
76.92% Potito Starace (20 W, 6 L)
76.19% Ivo Minar (16 W, 5 L)
75.61% Xavier Malisse (31 W, 10 L)
75.00% Lukas Lacko (33 W, 11 L)

75.00% Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. (24 W, 8 L)
75.00% Maximo Gonzalez (21 W, 7 L)
75.00% Daniel Köllerer (21 W, 7 L)
75.00% Jarkko Nieminen (15 W, 5 L)
73.91% Taylor Dent (17 W, 6 L)
73.68% Michael Russell (42 W, 15 L)
73.58% Santiago Giraldo (39 W, 14 L)
73.33% Marcos Daniel (22 W, 8 L)
72.92% Thiemo de Bakker (35 W, 13 L)
72.73% Yen-Hsun Lu (16 W, 6 L)

72.73% Andrey Golubev (16 W, 6 L)
72.13% Florian Mayer (44 W, 17 L)
70.18% Peter Luczak (40 W, 17 L)
70.00% Daniel Gimeno-Traver (21 W, 9 L)

70.00% Konstantin Kravchuk (14 W, 6 L)Bottom 25 Overall Win/Loss Record:
Filtered for a minimum of 8 matches (n > 7)

9.09% Adrian Cruciat (1 W, 10 L)
10.00% Alexey Kedryuk (1 W, 9 L)
11.11% Deniss Pavlovs (2 W, 16 L)
12.50% André Miele (2 W, 14 L)
12.50% Nikola Mektic (1 W, 7 L)

12.50% Jose Rubin Statham (1 W, 7 L)

17.65% Juan-Pablo Amado (3 W, 14 L)
20.00% Robert Smeets (2 W, 8 L)
21.43% Alex Bogomolov Jr. (3 W, 11 L)
22.22% Michael McClune (2 W, 7 L)

22.22% Guido Pella (2 W, 7 L)
22.73% Giancarlo Petrazzuolo (5 W, 17 L)
23.08% Daniel Silva (3 W, 10 L)
23.53% Jaroslav Pospisil (4 W, 13 L)
24.00% Pavel Snobel (6 W, 19 L)
25.00% Eric Gomes (3 W, 9 L)
25.00% Michael Quintero (3 W, 9 L)

25.00% Julio Cesar Campozano (2 W, 6 L)

25.00% Jérôme Haehnel (2 W, 6 L)
25.93% Joseph Sirianni (7 W, 20 L)
26.92% Kamil Capkovic (7 W, 19 L)
27.78% Gianluca Naso (5 W, 13 L)

27.78% Yannick Mertens (5 W, 13 L)
28.57% Flavio Cipolla (4 W, 10 L)

28.57% Gabriel Moraru (4 W, 10 L)

28.57% Ilya Belyaev (4 W, 10 L)

28.57% Ti Chen (4 W, 10 L)Top 10 Win/Loss Record on Outdoor Hard:
Filtered for a minimum of 10 matches (n > 9)

100% Marcos Baghdatis (15 W, 0 L)
90% Paul Capdeville (9 W, 1 L)
87.50% Benjamin Becker (21 W, 3 L)
84.21% Florian Mayer (16 W, 3 L)
82.35% Xavier Malisse (14 W, 3 L)
78.26% Horacio Zeballos (18 W, 5 L)
77.78% Santiago Giraldo (14 W, 4 L)
77.42% Lukas Lacko (24 W, 7 L)
76.47% Ricardo Mello (13 W, 4 L)

76.47% Taylor Dent (13 W, 4 L)Top 10 Win/Loss Record on Indoor Hard:
Filtered for a minimum of 10 matches (n > 9)

83.33% Konstantin Kravchuk (10 W, 2 L)
81.82% Xavier Malisse (9 W, 2 L)

81.82% Rajeev Ram (9 W, 2 L)
81.25% Ivan Dodig (13 W, 3 L)
80.77% Michael Berrer (21 W, 5 L)
75.00% Jarkko Nieminen (12 W, 4 L)
72.73% Mikhail Kukushkin (8 W, 3 L)

72.73% Alejandro Falla (8 W, 3 L)
70.00% Lukas Lacko (7 W, 3 L)
70.00% Arnaud Clément (7 W, 3 L)
70.00% Ilya Marchenko (7 W, 3 L)
70.00% Sergiy Stakhovsky (7 W, 3 L)Top 10 Win/Loss Record on Clay:
Filtered for a minimum of 11 matches (n > 10)

80.00% Potito Starace (20 W, 5 L)
80.00% Ivo Minar (16 W, 4 L)
77.78% Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. (21 W, 6 L)
77.50% Horacio Zeballos (31 W, 9 L)
77.42% Juan-Ignacio Chela (24 W, 7 L)
77.27% Nicolas Lapentti (17 W, 5 L)
76.92% Maximo Gonzalez (20 W, 6 L)
76.19% Steve Darcis (16 W, 5 L)
76.00% Daniel Köllerer (19 W, 6 L)
75.00% Marcos Daniel (21 W, 7 L)
75.00% Thiemo de Bakker (30 W, 10 L)
75.00% Dominik Meffert (9 W, 3 L)
75.00% Teimuraz Gabashvili (12 W, 4 L)Top 8 Win/Loss Record on Grass:
Filtered for a minimum of 4 matches (n > 3)

100% Olivier Rochus (5 W, 0 L)

100% Brendan Evans (5 W, 0 L)
80.00% Igor Sijsling (4 W, 1 L)
80.00% Ilija Bozoljac (4 W, 1 L)
75.00% Nicolas Mahut (3 W, 1 L)
75.00% Sergei Bubka (3 W, 1 L)
66.67% Alex Bogdanovic (4 W, 2 L)
66.67% Joshua Goodall (4 W, 2 L) Bagels Served:

8: Laurent Recouderc, Thiemo de Bakker

7: Blaz Kavcic

6: Paolo Lorenzi, Juan-Ignacio Chela

5: Julian Reister, Ryan Sweeting, Harel Levy, Jiri Vanek

4: Jan Hajek, Michael Russell, Gaston Gaudio, David Marrero, Ilija Bozoljac, Pere Riba, Martin Fischer, Martin Klizan, Carlos Poch-Gradin, Tobias KamkeBagels Eaten:

5: Paolo Lorenzi, Simone Vagnozzi, Roko Karanusic, Jean-René Lisnard

4: Alexandre Sidorenko, David Guez, Maximo Gonzalez, Juan-Pablo Amado, Conor Niland
3: Vanek, Hajek, Ramirez Hidalgo, Crugnola, Eitzinger, Aranguren, Ventura, Gremelmayr, Alund, S. Gonzalez, Brzezicki, Köllerer, Dorsch, Duclos, Brizzi, Matosevic, Capkovic, Kedryuk, Vicente, Checa-Calvo

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
STATISTICS

Ranking Jumps of 2009 Title Winners:
Calculated as the difference between the rankings of 7 December 2009 and the 2008 year-end ranking.

NA, Gaston Gaudio (NR to 167)
+895, Guillaume Rufin (1067 to 172)

+803, Taylor Dent (879 to 76)
+627, Federico Del Bonis (822 to 195)

+549, Marco Chiudinelli (605 to 56)
+478, Bernard Tomic (763 to 285)
+425, Michal Przysiezny (609 to 184)

+376, Jan Hajek (479 to 103)

+350, Dustin Brown (494 to 144)

+348, Florian Mayer (409 to 61)
+329, Robin Vik (536 to 207)

+258, Stéphane Robert (366 to 108)

+246, Lukas Lacko (325 to 82)
+241, Ivan Dodig (422 to 181)
+241, Uladzimir Ignatik (433 to 192)

+226, Takao Suzuki (509 to 283)

+216, Daniel Evans (477 to 261)
+194, Ivan Sergeyev (402 to 208)

+178, Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. (309 to 131)
+160, Blaz Kavcic (285 to 125)

+159, Michael Russell (242 to 83)

+154, Horacio Zeballos (199 to 45)
+153, Thiemo de Bakker (249 to 96)
+151, Carlos Salamanca (310 to 159)
+146, Alex Kuznetsov (344 to 198)

+135, Marcelo Demoliner (424 to 289)
+129, Harel Levy (248 to 119)

+123, Paolo Lorenzi (207 to 84)
+123, Julio Silva (276 to 153)

+112, Iñigo Cervantes-Huegun (348 to 236)
+111, Ilya Marchenko (231 to 120)
+111, Rajeev Ram (190 to 79)

+110, John Isner (144 to 34)

+101, Alejandro Falla (182 to 81)
+92, Pablo Cuevas (142 to 50)

+89, Benjamin Becker (129 to 40)
+80, Ruben Bemelmans (265 to 185)

+79, Peter Luczak (156 to 77)
+72, Konstantin Kravchuk (303 to 231)

+70, Andreas Beck (109 to 39)

+68, Xavier Malisse (162 to 94)
+67, Juan-Ignacio Chela (140 to 73)
+67, Simon Greul (126 to 59)
+65, Olivier Rochus (122 to 57)

+61, Ramón Delgado (264 to 203)
+61, Dominik Meffert (239 to 178)

+59, Maximo Gonzalez (125 to 66)
+59, Michael Berrer (133 to 74)

+58, Marcos Baghdatis (100 to 42)
+58, Daniel Brands (150 to 92)
+58, Ryan Sweeting (213 to 155)

+56, Santiago Giraldo (163 to 107)
+55, Adrian Ungur (234 to 179)

+54, Daniel Köllerer (125 to 71)
+53, Evgeny Korolev (106 to 53)

+51, Brydan Klein (251 to 200)

+49, Thomaz Bellucci (85 to 36)
+47, Ricardo Mello (198 to 151)
+41, Frederico Gil (110 to 69)

+39, Brendan Evans (176 to 137)
+38, David Marrero (196 to 158)

+36, Laurent Recouderc (174 to 138)
+34, Fabio Fognini (88 to 54)
+34, Lukas Rosol (182 to 148)
+34, Pere Riba (155 to 121)

+31, Karol Beck (145 to 114)
+30, Arnaud Clément (93 to 63)
+28, Viktor Troicki (57 to 29)

+27, Sebastian Decoud (177 to 150)

+24, Alex Bogdanovic (188 to 164)
+24, Josselin Ouanna (154 to 130)

+18, Daniel Gimeno-Traver (90 to 72)
+16, Mikhail Kukushkin (148 to 132)
+14, Wayne Odesnik (119 to 105)

+11, Alessio Di Mauro (240 to 229)
+11, Janko Tipsarevic (49 to 38)

+9, Ryler DeHeart (252 to 243)

+8, Potito Starace (70 to 62)
+29, Rui Machado (153 to 124)
+9, Robin Söderling (17 to 8)

+8, Sergei Bubka (272 to 264)
+8, Andrea Stoppini (224 to 216)
+7, James Ward (280 to 273)
+1, Dick Norman (307 to 306)

0, Kevin Kim (117 to 117)
-2, Oscar Hernandez (68 to 70)

-4, Marc Gicquel (54 to 58)

-8, Marcos Daniel (79 to 87)
-8, Stanislas Wawrinka (13 to 21)

-9, Nicolas Lapentti (88 to 97)
-9, Danai Udomchoke (152 to 163)

-14, Andreas Seppi (35 to 49)

-16, Fabrice Santoro (52 to 68)

-17, Feliciano Lopez (30 to 47)

-18, Paul Capdeville (111 to 129)

-19, Stéphane Bohli (128 to 147)

-26, Kristof Vliegen (84 to 110)
-28, Alberto Martín (100 to 128)

-34, Yen-Hsun Lu (64 to 98)
-35, Nicolas Massu (77 to 112)

-40, Ivo Minar (99 to 139)
-40, Chris Guccione (96 to 136)
-44, Andrey Golubev (89 to 133)

-50, Jarkko Nieminen (38 to 88)
-56, Donald Young (138 to 194)

-58, Kevin Anderson (104 to 162)

-60, Eduardo Schwank (58 to 118)
-98, Rainer Eitzinger (277 to 375)
-103, Marc López (247 to 350)
-117, Jesse Huta Galung (175 to 292)

-127, Go Soeda (114 to 241)Players with three or more singles titles:

5. Zeballos, Horacio ARG [4. Bucaramanga, 11. Bogota, 29. Manta, 31. Campos do Jordão, 39. Buenos Aires]
4. Becker, Benjamin GER [4. Heilbronn, 14. Baton Rouge, 17. Rhodes, 20. Cremona]
4. De Bakker, Thiemo NED [30. Tampere, 32. Vigo, 33. San Sebastian, 35. Brasov]
3. Baghdatis, Marcos CYP [31. Vancouver, 36. St. Remy, 41. Tashkent]
3. Berrer, Michael GER [5. Wroclaw, 46. Bratislava, 48. Salzburg]
3. Daniel, Marcos BRA [11. Marrakech, 19. Zagreb, 28. Bogota 2]
3. Dolgopolov Jr., Oleksandr UKR [30. Orbetello, 35. Como, 38. Trnava]
3. Falla, Alejandro COL [17. Pereira, 37. Cali, 41. Rennes]
3. Giraldo, Santiago COL [2. Salinas, 14. San Luis Potosi, 40. Sacramento]
3. Hajek, Jan CZE [17. Ostrava, 22. Prostejov, 35. Freudenstadt]
3. Lorenzi, Paolo ITA [25. Reggio Emilia, 26. Rijeka, 38. Ljubljana]
3. Luczak, Peter AUS [22. Fürth, 29. Poznan, 32. Cordenons]
3. Russell, Michael USA [18. Savannah, 21. Carson 2, 46. Champaign]

Players with three or more singles finals lost:

4. Brown, Dustin JAM [21. Karlsruhe, 34. Almaty, 44. Eckental, 45. Aachen]
3. Ascione, Thierry FRA [9. Cherbourg, 32. Vigo, 41. Rennes]
3. Bozoljac, Ilija SRB [22. Surbiton, 41. Tiburon, 45. Knoxville]
3. Kavcic, Blaz SLO [18. San Remo, 19. Busan, 26. Rijeka]
3. Lorenzi, Paolo ITA [14. San Luis Potosi, 17. Tenerife, 40. Tarragona]
3. Mayer, Florian GER [1. Nouméa, 16. Sofia, 32. Istanbul]
3. Riba, Pere ESP [7. Tanger, 35. Brasov, 42. Florianopolis]
3. Russell, Michael USA [2. Salinas, 36. Alphen aan den Rijn, 42. Calabasas]
3. Starace, Potito ITA [23. Lugano, 31. San Marino, 39. Napoli 2]
3. Zeballos, Horacio ARG [17. Pereira, 28. Bogota 2, 37. Cali]
3. Zemlja, Grega SLO [5. Burnie, 38. Ljubljana, 46. Cancun]

Players with three or more doubles titles:

8. Rettenmaier, Travis USA [8. Wolfsburg, 12. Jersey, 14. Monza, 18. Savannah, 22. Yuba City, 26. Winnetka, 32. Cordenons, 39. Quito]
7. Ramirez Hidalgo, Rubén ESP [10. Rabat, 11. Marrakech, 12. Barletta, 21. Alessandria, 22. Fürth, 23. Kosice, 41. Asuncion]
6. Ventura, Santiago ESP [10. Rabat, 11. Marrakech, 12. Barletta, 22. Fürth, 23. Kosice, 41. Asuncion]
6. Zeballos, Horacio ARG [10. Santiago, 11. Bogota, 14. San Luis Potosi, 19. Bordeaux, 28. Bogota 2, 37. Cali]
5. Beck, Karol SVK [4. Heilbronn, 8. Besançon, 9. Bergamo, 17. Rhodes, 27. Pozoblanco]
5. Butorac, Eric USA [11. Sunrise, 12. Jersey, 16. Tallahassee, 22. Surbiton, 41. Rennes]
5. Levinsky, Jaroslav CZE [4. Heilbronn, 8. Besançon, 9. Bergamo, 17. Rhodes, 27. Pozoblanco]
5. Marx, Philipp GER [7. Belgrade, 14. Athens, 21. Karlsruhe, 46. Bratislava, 48. Salzburg]
5. Prieto, Sebastian ARG [10. Santiago, 11. Bogota, 28. Bogota 2, 31. San Marino, 37. Cali]
5. Ratiwatana, Sanchai THA [2. Salinas, 5. Wroclaw, 8. Melbourne, 15. Mexico City, 19. Busan]
5. Ratiwatana, Sonchat THA [2. Salinas, 5. Wroclaw, 8. Melbourne, 15. Mexico City, 19. Busan]
4. Ball, Carsten AUS [18. Savannah, 22. Yuba City, 26. Winnetka, 28. Aptos]
4. Brunström, Johan SWE [3. Iquique, 22. Prostejov, 23. Lugano, 26. Braunschweig]
4. Gonzalez, Santiago MEX [14. San Luis Potosi, 19. Sarasota, 39. Quito, 42. Calabasas]
4. Lipsky, Scott USA [4. Carson, 16. Tallahassee, 22. Surbiton, 32. Binghamton]
4. Marrero, David ESP [11. Caltanissetta, 13. Napoli, 25. Constanta, 40. Montevideo]
4. Martin, David USA [4. Carson, 13. St. Brieuc, 37. Tulsa, 40. Sacramento]
4. Motti, Alessandro ITA [15. Rome, 19. Zagreb, 35. Como, 36. Genova]
4. Murray, Jamie GBR [33. Trani, 36. Alphen aan den Rijn, 38. Ljubljana, 44. Astana]
4. Qureshi, Aisam-Ul-Haq PAK [10. Kyoto, 12. Korat, 45. Aachen, 47. Helsinki]
4. Rojer, Jean-Julien AHO [3. Iquique, 22. Prostejov, 23. Lugano, 26. Braunschweig]
4. Skupski, Ken GBR [8. Wolfsburg, 20. Cremona, 30. Granby, 42. Orléans]
3. Bednarek, Tomasz POL [37. Szczecin, 40. Tarragona, 42. Florianopolis]
3. Bopanna, Rohan IND [12. Korat, 45. Aachen, 47. Helsinki]
3. Bracciali, Daniele ITA [24. Milan, 26. Turin, 36. Genova]
3. De Voest, Rik RSA [31. Vancouver, 32. Binghamton, 43. Seoul]
3. Fischer, Martin AUT [37. Todi, 38. Palermo, 41. Kolding]
3. Fleming, Colin GBR [20. Cremona, 30. Granby, 42. Orléans]
3. Goodall, Joshua GBR [11. Bangkok, 28. Manchester, 31. Campos do Jordão]
3. Guccione, Chris AUS [15. Johannesburg, 18. Ramat Hasharon, 28. Aptos]
3. Kowalczyk, Mateusz POL [37. Szczecin, 40. Tarragona, 42. Florianopolis]
3. Mankad, Harsh IND [21. Carson 2, 36. Sevilla, 41. Tiburon]
3. Marray, Jonathan GBR [28. Manchester, 36. Alphen aan den Rijn, 44. Astana]
3. Nielsen, Frederik DEN [21. Carson 2, 29. Recanati, 45. Jersey 2]
3. Oswald, Philipp AUT [37. Todi, 38. Palermo, 41. Kolding]
3. Ram, Rajeev USA [5. Dallas, 14. Baton Rouge, 37. Tulsa]
3. Sirianni, Joseph AUS [11. Bangkok, 29. Recanati, 45. Jersey 2]

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wde.gif FLORIAN MAYER

http://www.sportgate.de/typo3temp/pics/Zwangspause-fuer-Florian-Mayer_942b40554d.jpg


Started the year as #409, but closed it at #61 (+348)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
44 / 17

72.13%

Ate 1 bagel

Served 3 bagels

Wins include:
Luczak, Brown, Lacko, Ilhan, Gil, O. Rochus, Stakhovsky, Sweeting, Darcis, C. Rochus, Cuevas, Vliegen

Losses include:
Kamke, Riba, Udomchoke, De Chaunac, Rosol
2009 Singles:


W (2)

11. Bangkok, Thailand, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
21. Karlsruhe, Germany, €30K+H, Clay

F (3)

1. Nouméa, New Caledonia, France, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
16. Sofia, Bulgaria, €85K, Clay
32. Istanbul, Turkey, $50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (5)

4. Heilbronn, Germany, €85K+H, Indoor Hard
19. Busan, South Korea, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
26. Braunschweig, Germany, €106.5K+H, Clay
30. Tampere, Finland, €42.5K, Clay
35. Freudenstadt, Germany, €35K+H, Clay

QF (2)

8. Wolfsburg, Germany, €30K+H, Indoor Carpet
37. Szczecin, Poland, €106.5K+H, Clay


2009 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif HORACIO ZEBALLOS

http://www.alfronton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Horacio-Zeballos.gif


Started the year as #199, but closed it at #45 (+154)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
49 / 14

77.78%

Ate 1 bagel

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Puerta, Dabul, J. Silva, Gaudío, Mello, Chela, Massu, Decoud, Becker

Losses include:
Demoliner, Roger-Vasselin, Norman, Ramirez Hidalgo
2009 Singles:


W (5)

4. Bucaramanga, Colombia, $35K+H, Clay
11. Bogota, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
29. Manta, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard
31. Campos do Jordão, Brazil, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
39. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay

F (3)

17. Pereira, Colombia, $35K+H, Clay
28. Bogota 2, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
37. Cali, Colombia, $75K+H, Clay

SF (2)

1. Sao Paulo, Brazil, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard
32. Brasília, Brazil, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (2)

3. Iquique, Chile, $35K+H, Clay
14. San Luis Potosi, Mexico, $35K+H, Clay



2009 Doubles:



W (6)

10. Santiago, Chile, $35K+H, Clay
11. Bogota, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
14. San Luis Potosi, Mexico, $35K+H, Clay
19. Bordeaux, France, €85K+H, Clay
28. Bogota 2, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
37. Cali, Colombia, $75K+H, Clay

F (3)

1. Sao Paulo, Brazil, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard
3. Iquique, Chile, $35K+H, Clay
29. Manta, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wjm.gif DUSTIN BROWN

http://www.tc-johannesberg.de/Peter_Holz-Trophy_2004/Dustin%20Brown1905.jpg


Started the year as #494, but closed it at #144 (+350)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
29 / 16

64.44%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Kim, Pashanski, Kindlmann, Koubek, Dodig, Brzezicki

Losses include:
Desein, Junaid, Burzi, Navarro, Sergeyev, Berankis, Zimmermann
2009 Singles:


W (1)

32. Samarkand, Uzbekistan, $35K+H, Clay

F (4)

21. Karlsruhe, Germany, €30K+H, Clay
34. Almaty, Kazakhstan, $50K, Outdoor Hard
44. Eckental, Germany, €30K+H, Indoor Carpet
45. Aachen, Germany, €42.5K+H, Indoor Carpet

SF (0)

QF (1)

33. Karshi, Uzbekistan, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard




2009 Doubles:


W (1)

37. Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, €42.5K+H, Clay

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wde.gif BENJAMIN BECKER

http://www.tenniscelebs.com/images/getty/Benjamin_Becker_71316729.jpg


Started the year as #129, but closed it at #40 (+89)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
27 / 4

87.10%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 3 bagels

Wins include:
Chiudinelli, Sela, Ball, Yani, Ram, Crivoi, F. Mayer, K. Beck, A. Beck, Mello

Losses include:
Kumantsov, Kudryavtsev
2009 Singles:


W (4)

4. Heilbronn, Germany, €85K+H, Indoor Hard
14. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
17. Rhodes, Greece, €85K+H, Outdoor Hard
20. Cremona, Italy, €30K+H, Outdoor Hard

F (1)

18. Ramat Hasharon, Israel, $100K, Outdoor Hard

SF (0)

QF (1)

2. Salinas, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard



2009 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wnl.gif THIEMO DE BAKKER

http://www.nieuwso.nl/images/thiemo%20de%20bakker.jpg


Started the year as #249, but closed it at #96 (+153)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
35 / 13

72.92%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 8 bagels

Wins include:
Riba, Pashanski, Navarro, Andujar, Ascione, Bracciali, Malisse, Luczak

Losses include:
Jun, Ramirez Hidalgo, Haider-Maurer, Brizzi, Huta Galung
2009 Singles:


W (4)

30. Tampere, Finland, €42.5K, Clay
32. Vigo, Spain, €30K+H, Clay
33. San Sebastian, Spain, €30K+H, Clay
35. Brasov, Romania, €30K+H, Clay

F (1)

11. Caltanissetta, Italy, €30K+H, Clay

SF (2)

36. Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands, €42.5K+H, Clay
43. Seoul, South Korea, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (1)

41. Kolding, Denmark, €42.5K, Indoor Hard


2009 Doubles:



W (1)

32. Vigo, Spain, €30K+H, Clay

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wua.gif OLEKSANDR DOLGOPOLOV JR.

http://www.tennisbetsite.com/images/stories/photo/atp/oleksandr-dolgopolov.jpg


Started the year as #309, but closed it at #131 (+178)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
24 / 8

75.00%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 1 bagel

Wins include:
Lu, Kudryavtsev, Schukin, Hajek, Riba, Andujar, Machado, Gremelmayr, Massu, Gabashvili, Ouahab, Lorenzi, Volandri, Hernandez, De Bakker

Losses include:
Donskoy, Jouan, Rudnev, Martín-Adalia, Petrazzuolo, Alcorta-Olarra, Karol, Cervantes-Huegun
2009 Singles:


W (3)

30. Orbetello, Italy, €85K+H, Clay
35. Como, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
38. Trnava, Slovakia, €64K, Clay

F (0)

SF (3)

29. Poznan, Poland, €64K+H, Clay
31. San Marino, San Marino, €85K+H, Clay
41. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (0)




2009 Doubles:



W (0)

F (1)

37. Szczecin, Poland, €106.5K+H, Clay

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wsk.gif LUKAS LACKO

http://img.topky.sk/zivot/114877.jpg/lukas-lacko-online.jpg


Started the year as #325, but closed it at #82 (+246)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
33 / 11

75.00%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
De Bakker, Gabashvili, C. Rochus, Chiudinelli, Koubek, Lu

Losses include:
Sijsling, Marchenko, Meffert, Roger-Vasselin
2009 Singles:


W (2)

20. Fergana, Uzbekistan, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard43. Seoul, South Korea, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard
F (0)

SF (4)

29. Recanati, Italy, €30K+H, Outdoor Hard
36. St. Remy, France, €50K, Outdoor Hard
41. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard
46. Bratislava, Slovakia, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard
QF (5)

12. Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, €30K+H, Indoor Hard
19. Busan, South Korea, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
27. Pozoblanco (Córdoba), Spain, €85K+H, Outdoor Hard
28. Manchester, Great Britain, €30K+H, Grass
40. Mons, Belgium, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard




2009 Doubles:


W (1)

36. St. Remy, France, €50K, Outdoor Hard
F (1)

41. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif MICHAEL RUSSELL

http://www.luxilonracquetsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/russell3119.jpg


Started the year as #242, but closed it at #83 (+159)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
42 / 15

73.68%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 4 bagels

Wins include:
Dent, K. Anderson, De Bakker, L. Mayer, Becker, Zeballos, Levine

Losses include:
Zemlja, Young, Gregorc, Mamiit, Yani
2009 Singles:


W (3)

18. Savannah, Georgia, $50K, Clay
21. Carson 2, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
46. Champaign, Illinois, USA, $50K, Indoor Hard

F (3)

2. Salinas, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard
36. Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands, €42.5K+H, Clay
42. Calabasas, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (1)

22. Yuba City, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

QF (5)

5. Dallas, Texas, USA, $50K, Indoor Hard
16. Rome 2, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
19. Sarasota, Florida, USA, $50K, Clay
41. Tiburon, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
44. Charlottesville, Virginia, USA,$50K, Indoor Hard


2009 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbe.gif XAVIER MALISSE

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40767000/jpg/_40767420_malisse_300x300.jpg


Started the year as #162, but closed it at #94 (+68)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
31 W / 10 L

75.61%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Brands, Llodra, Kavcic, Lacko, Dent, K. Anderson, Russell, Robert, Mahut, Berrer, Gabashvili

Losses include:
Hocevar
2009 Singles:


W (2)

30. Granby, Canada, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
42. Orléans, France, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard

F (2)

31. Vancouver, Canada, $100K, Outdoor Hard
36. St. Remy, France, €50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (2)

11. Caltanissetta, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
19. Sarasota, Florida, USA, $50K, Clay

QF (2)

40. Mons, Belgium, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard
41. Rennes, France, €64K+H, Indoor Hard



2009 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:56 PM
MOST NOTABLE OTHER CONTESTANTS I

... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wsi.gif BLAZ KAVCIC

Started the year as #285, but finished as #125 (+160)
Winner of two singles titles (Alessandria, Constanta)
Three times runner-up (San Remo, Busan, Rijeka)
Win/loss record:
37 / 20

64.91%... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wau.gif PETER LUCZAK

Started the year as #156, but finished as #77 (+79)
Winner of three singles titles (Fürth, Poznan, Cordenons)
One-time runner-up (Tampere)
Winner of two doubles titles (Zagreb, Tampere)

Win/loss record:
40 / 17

70.18%... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wit.gif PAOLO LORENZI

Started the year as #207, but finished as #84 (+123)
Winner of three singles titles (Reggio Emilia, Rijeka, Ljubljana)
Three-time runner-up (San Luis Potosi, Tenerife, Tarragona)
Winner of one doubles title (Orbetello)
Win/loss record:
48 / 21

69.57%... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif JUAN-IGNACIO CHELA

Started the year as #140, but finished as #73 (+67)
Winner of one singles title (Medellin)
One-time runner-up (Brasilia)
Win/loss record:
31 / 9

77.50%... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wco.gif SANTIAGO GIRALDO

Started the year as #163, but finished as #107 (+56)
Winner of three singles titles (Salinas, San Luis Potosi, Sacramento)
One-time runner-up (Guayaquil)

Win/loss record:
39 / 14

73.58%

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:57 PM
MOST NOTABLE OTHER CONTESTANTS II

... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbr.gif MARCOS DANIEL

Started the year as #79, but finished as #87 (-8)
Winner of three singles titles (Marrakech, Zagreb, Bogota 2)
Win/loss record:
22 / 8

73.33% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wfi.gif JARKKO NIEMINEN

Started the year as #38, but finished as #88 (-50)
Winner of one singles title (Jersey 2)
One-time runner-up (Salzburg)
Win/loss record:
15 / 5

75.00% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wcy.gif MARCOS BAGHDATIS

Started the year as #100, but finished as #42 (+58)
Winner of three singles titles (Vancouver, St. Rémy, Tashkent)
Win/loss record:
15 / 1

93.75% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif MAXIMO GONZALEZ

Started the year as #125, but finished as #66 (+59)
Winner of two singles titles (Iquique, Santiago)
One-time runner-up (Turin)
Winner of one doubles title (Scheveningen)

Win/loss record:
21 / 7

75.00% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wcz.gif JAN HAJEK

Started the year as #479, but finished as #103 (+376)
Winner of three singles titles (Ostrava, Prostejov, Freudenstadt)
One-time runner-up (Bytom)

Win/loss record:
36 / 16

69.23%

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:57 PM
MOST NOTABLE OTHER CONTESTANTS III

... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wit.gif POTITO STARACE

Started the year as #70, but finished as #62 (+8)
Winner of one singles title (Turin)
Three-times runner-up (Lugano, San Marino, Napoli 2)

Winner of one doubles title (Turin)

Win/loss record:
20 / 6

76.92% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif TAYLOR DENT

Started the year as #879, but finished as #76 (+803)
Winner of two singles titles (Tulsa, Knoxville)
One-time runner-up (Champaign)
Win/loss record:
17 / 6

73.91% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wfr.gif STÉPHANE ROBERT

Started the year as #366, but finished as #108 (+258)
Winner of two singles titles (Kosice, Alphen aan den Rijn)
Two-times runner-up (Orléans, Jersey 2)

Win/loss record:
37 / 16

69.81% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wco.gif ALEJANDRO FALLA

Started the year as #182, but finished as #81 (+101)
Winner of three singles titles (Pereira, Cali, Rennes)
Winner of one doubles title (Bogota 3)

Win/loss record:
25 / 11

69.44% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wec.gif NICOLAS LAPENTTI

Started the year as #88, but finished as #97 (-9)
Winner of one singles title (Guayaquil)
Two-times runner-up (Montevideo, Sao Paulo)

Win/loss record:
17 / 5

77.27%

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:57 PM
RESERVED 1

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:57 PM
RESERVED 2

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 05:57 PM
RESERVED 3

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 06:05 PM
Please note that the 2009 contestants currently mentioned in Post #1 are subject to change.

Yves.
12-07-2009, 07:27 PM
De Bakker :shrug: His game improved dramatically, as well as his mental state:yeah:

Luinir
12-07-2009, 07:31 PM
Zeballos

sheva07
12-07-2009, 07:44 PM
Thiemo de Bakker!

willoughby
12-07-2009, 07:48 PM
Michael Russell gets my vote :D

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 08:39 PM
First candidate introduced:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wnl.gif THIEMO DE BAKKER

http://www.nieuwso.nl/images/thiemo%20de%20bakker.jpg


Started the year as #249, but closed it at #96 (+153)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
35 / 13

72.92%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 8 bagels

Wins include:
Riba, Pashanski, Navarro, Andujar, Ascione, Bracciali, Malisse, Luczak

Losses include:
Jun, Ramirez Hidalgo, Haider-Maurer, Brizzi, Huta Galung
2008 Singles:


W (4)

30. Tampere, Finland, €42.5K, Clay
32. Vigo, Spain, €30K+H, Clay
33. San Sebastian, Spain, €30K+H, Clay
35. Brasov, Romania, €30K+H, Clay

F (1)

11. Caltanissetta, Italy, €30K+H, Clay

SF (2)

36. Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands, €42.5K+H, Clay
43. Seoul, South Korea, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (1)

41. Kolding, Denmark, €42.5K, Indoor Hard


2008 Doubles:



W (1)

32. Vigo, Spain, €30K+H, Clay

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 08:51 PM
Second candidate introduced:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wua.gif OLEKSANDR DOLGOPOLOV JR.

http://www.tennisbetsite.com/images/stories/photo/atp/oleksandr-dolgopolov.jpg


Started the year as #309, but closed it at #131 (+178)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
24 / 8

75.00%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 1 bagel

Wins include:
Lu, Kudryavtsev, Schukin, Hajek, Riba, Andujar, Machado, Gremelmayr, Massu, Gabashvili, Ouahab, Lorenzi, Volandri, Hernandez, De Bakker

Losses include:
Donskoy, Jouan, Rudnev, Martín-Adalia, Petrazzuolo, Alcorta-Olarra, Karol, Cervantes-Huegun
2008 Singles:


W (3)

30. Orbetello, Italy, €85K+H, Clay
35. Como, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
38. Trnava, Slovakia, €64K, Clay

F (0)

SF (3)

29. Poznan, Poland, €64K+H, Clay
31. San Marino, San Marino, €85K+H, Clay
41. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (0)




2008 Doubles:



W (0)

F (1)

37. Szczecin, Poland, €106.5K+H, Clay

CooCooCachoo
12-07-2009, 08:51 PM
The rest to come later :bigwave:

willoughby
12-07-2009, 09:06 PM
those are the 2009 highlights, aren't they? :scratch: (you typed 2008)

marquez
12-07-2009, 09:21 PM
would love to say its olek
but based on the results it has to be zeballos

quiron
12-07-2009, 09:21 PM
Zeballos :worship:
five titles(Bogota I-Buenos Aires-Manta(hard)-Campos do Jordao(hard)-Bucaramanga) in eight finals(Bogota II-Cali-Pereira), 2 semifinals(Brasilia-Sao Paulo) = 48/14(30/9 on clay - 19/5 on hard). to 199º to 45º
Undoubtedly the best player of the year. Next Davis Cup player ;)

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 08:31 AM
Third candidate introduced:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif HORACIO ZEBALLOS

http://www.alfronton.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Horacio-Zeballos.gif


Started the year as #199, but closed it at #45 (+154)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
49 / 14

77.78%

Ate 1 bagel

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Puerta, Dabul, J. Silva, Gaudío, Mello, Chela, Massu, Decoud, Becker

Losses include:
Demoliner, Roger-Vasselin, Norman, Ramirez Hidalgo
2009 Singles:


W (5)

4. Bucaramanga, Colombia, $35K+H, Clay
11. Bogota, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
29. Manta, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard
31. Campos do Jordão, Brazil, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
39. Buenos Aires, Argentina, $75K+H, Clay

F (3)

17. Pereira, Colombia, $35K+H, Clay
28. Bogota 2, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
37. Cali, Colombia, $75K+H, Clay

SF (2)

1. Sao Paulo, Brazil, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard
32. Brasília, Brazil, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard

QF (2)

3. Iquique, Chile, $35K+H, Clay
14. San Luis Potosi, Mexico, $35K+H, Clay



2009 Doubles:



W (6)

10. Santiago, Chile, $35K+H, Clay
11. Bogota, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
14. San Luis Potosi, Mexico, $35K+H, Clay
19. Bordeaux, France, €85K+H, Clay
28. Bogota 2, Colombia, $125K+H, Clay
37. Cali, Colombia, $75K+H, Clay

F (3)

1. Sao Paulo, Brazil, $100K+H, Outdoor Hard
3. Iquique, Chile, $35K+H, Clay
29. Manta, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 08:39 AM
Fourth candidate introduced.

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wde.gif BENJAMIN BECKER

http://www.tenniscelebs.com/images/getty/Benjamin_Becker_71316729.jpg


Started the year as #129, but closed it at #40 (+89)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
27 / 4

87.10%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 3 bagels

Wins include:
Chiudinelli, Sela, Ball, Yani, Ram, Crivoi, F. Mayer, K. Beck, A. Beck, Mello

Losses include:
Kumantsov, Kudryavtsev
2009 Singles:


W (4)

4. Heilbronn, Germany, €85K+H, Indoor Hard
14. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
17. Rhodes, Greece, €85K+H, Outdoor Hard
20. Cremona, Italy, €30K+H, Outdoor Hard
F (1)

18. Ramat Hasharon, Israel, $100K, Outdoor Hard
SF (0)

QF (1)

2. Salinas, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard



2009 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)




Others to come later :bigwave:

Action Jackson
12-08-2009, 08:50 AM
So were the contenders decided on percentage?

Machiavelli
12-08-2009, 09:21 AM
Zeballos only won Ch in South America, way weaker fields then the european CH

Action Jackson
12-08-2009, 09:42 AM
Luczak deserves an honourable mention.

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 10:19 AM
So were the contenders decided on percentage?

Only four have been decided so far, and if you look at the W/L percentages, you will see that that was not the sole criterion, as De Bakker is not among the Top 10 for that.

Zirconek
12-08-2009, 01:33 PM
Great work, Tijn :bigclap:

marquez
12-08-2009, 05:34 PM
Luczak deserves an honourable mention.

I second that

he had big wins on his runs in Cordenons, Tampere & Fürth

wins over: F.Mayer, Gaba, Rochus brothers, Crivoi, Bellucci, Falla, Machado

losses: Migani, Vagnozzi

marquez
12-08-2009, 05:42 PM
Lorenzi with his 3 Wins and 3 Finals should be mentioned as well
though he hasn't too many big wins

always a coin toss with some players :shrug:
nice work Tijn

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 07:35 PM
Fifth candidate introduced:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wsk.gif LUKAS LACKO

http://img.topky.sk/zivot/114877.jpg/lukas-lacko-online.jpg


Started the year as #325, but closed it at #82 (+246)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
33 / 11

75.00%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
De Bakker, Gabashvili, C. Rochus, Chiudinelli, Koubek, Lu

Losses include:
Sijsling, Marchenko, Meffert, Roger-Vasselin
2009 Singles:


W (2)

20. Fergana, Uzbekistan, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard43. Seoul, South Korea, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard
F (0)

SF (4)

29. Recanati, Italy, €30K+H, Outdoor Hard
36. St. Remy, France, €50K, Outdoor Hard
41. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard
46. Bratislava, Slovakia, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard
QF (5)

12. Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, €30K+H, Indoor Hard
19. Busan, South Korea, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
27. Pozoblanco (Córdoba), Spain, €85K+H, Outdoor Hard
28. Manchester, Great Britain, €30K+H, Grass
40. Mons, Belgium, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard




2009 Doubles:


W (1)

36. St. Remy, France, €50K, Outdoor Hard
F (1)

41. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, $125K+H, Outdoor Hard

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 07:41 PM
Update:

Bagel statistics added:


Bagels Served:

8: Laurent Recouderc, Thiemo de Bakker

7: Blaz Kavcic

6: Paolo Lorenzi, Juan-Ignacio Chela

5: Julian Reister, Ryan Sweeting, Harel Levy, Jiri Vanek

4: Jan Hajek, Michael Russell, Gaston Gaudio, David Marrero, Ilija Bozoljac, Pere Riba, Martin Fischer, Martin Klizan, Carlos Poch-Gradin, Tobias Kamke Bagels Eaten:

5: Paolo Lorenzi, Simone Vagnozzi, Roko Karanusic, Jean-René Lisnard

4: Alexandre Sidorenko, David Guez, Maximo Gonzalez, Juan-Pablo Amado, Conor Niland
3: Vanek, Hajek, Ramirez Hidalgo, Crugnola, Eitzinger, Aranguren, Ventura, Gremelmayr, Alund, S. Gonzalez, Brzezicki, Köllerer, Dorsch, Duclos, Brizzi, Matosevic, Capkovic, Kedryuk, Vicente, Checa-Calvo

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 07:53 PM
Sixth candidate introduced:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wjm.gif DUSTIN BROWN

http://www.tc-johannesberg.de/Peter_Holz-Trophy_2004/Dustin%20Brown1905.jpg


Started the year as #494, but closed it at #144 (+350)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
29 / 16

64.44%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Kim, Pashanski, Kindlmann, Koubek, Dodig, Brzezicki

Losses include:
Desein, Junaid, Burzi, Navarro, Sergeyev, Berankis, Zimmermann
2009 Singles:


W (1)

32. Samarkand, Uzbekistan, $35K+H, Clay

F (4)

21. Karlsruhe, Germany, €30K+H, Clay
34. Almaty, Kazakhstan, $50K, Outdoor Hard
44. Eckental, Germany, €30K+H, Indoor Carpet
45. Aachen, Germany, €42.5K+H, Indoor Carpet

SF (0)

QF (1)

33. Karshi, Uzbekistan, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard




2009 Doubles:


W (1)

37. Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, €42.5K+H, Clay

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 08:02 PM
Two more candidates to be chosen for the polls; anyone else can only be voted for in the 'Other' option.

The two remaining players will be chosen from this group:

Michael Russell
Xavier Malisse
Florian Mayer
Blaz Kavcic
Juan-Ignacio Chela
Paolo Lorenzi
Santiago Giraldo
Marcos Daniel
Maximo Gonzalez
Peter LuczakEven though Marcos Baghdatis, Andreas Beck, Nicolas Lapentti, Kristof Vliegen, Potito Starace and Jarkko Nieminen did well in Challengers, they played six or fewer Challengers only, so should, in my opinion, be excluded from the competition. If you disagree, you can still vote for them in the 'Other' option.

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 08:12 PM
Statistics Update:


Top 10 Win/Loss Record on Outdoor Hard:
Filtered for a minimum of 10 matches (n > 9)

100% Marcos Baghdatis (15 W, 0 L)
90% Paul Capdeville (9 W, 1 L)
87.50% Benjamin Becker (21 W, 3 L)
84.21% Florian Mayer (16 W, 3 L)
82.35% Xavier Malisse (14 W, 3 L)
78.26% Horacio Zeballos (18 W, 5 L)
77.78% Santiago Giraldo (14 W, 4 L)
77.42% Lukas Lacko (24 W, 7 L)
76.47% Ricardo Mello (13 W, 4 L)

76.47% Taylor Dent (13 W, 4 L)

willoughby
12-08-2009, 08:13 PM
Flo Mayer, Luczak and Russell should be ahead of Brown imo, but it's a tough task

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 08:17 PM
Statistics Update:

Top 10 Win/Loss Record on Indoor Hard:
Filtered for a minimum of 10 matches (n > 9)
83.33% Konstantin Kravchuk (10 W, 2 L)
81.82% Xavier Malisse (9 W, 2 L)

81.82% Rajeev Ram (9 W, 2 L)
81.25% Ivan Dodig (13 W, 3 L)
80.77% Michael Berrer (21 W, 5 L)
75.00% Jarkko Nieminen (12 W, 4 L)
72.73% Mikhail Kukushkin (8 W, 3 L)

72.73% Alejandro Falla (8 W, 3 L)
70.00% Lukas Lacko (7 W, 3 L)
70.00% Arnaud Clément (7 W, 3 L)
70.00% Ilya Marchenko (7 W, 3 L)
70.00% Sergiy Stakhovsky (7 W, 3 L)

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 08:19 PM
Flo Mayer, Luczak and Russell should be ahead of Brown imo, but it's a tough task

I would agree that Brown is a debatable pick, but I think that he has made more progress this year than most players. Luczak and Russell are Challenger veterans that haven't really made any progress, but that just have a great track record in Challengers.

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 08:24 PM
Statistics Update:

Top 10 Win/Loss Record on Clay:
Filtered for a minimum of 11 matches (n > 10)

80.00% Potito Starace (20 W, 5 L)
80.00% Ivo Minar (16 W, 4 L)
77.78% Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. (21 W, 6 L)
77.50% Horacio Zeballos (31 W, 9 L)
77.42% Juan-Ignacio Chela (24 W, 7 L)
77.27% Nicolas Lapentti (17 W, 5 L)
76.92% Maximo Gonzalez (20 W, 6 L)
76.19% Steve Darcis (16 W, 5 L)
76.00% Daniel Köllerer (19 W, 6 L)
75.00% Marcos Daniel (21 W, 7 L)
75.00% Thiemo de Bakker (30 W, 10 L)
75.00% Dominik Meffert (9 W, 3 L)
75.00% Teimuraz Gabashvili (12 W, 4 L)

CooCooCachoo
12-08-2009, 08:30 PM
Statistics Update:

Top 8 Win/Loss Record on Grass:
Filtered for a minimum of 4 matches (n > 3)

100% Olivier Rochus (5 W, 0 L)

100% Brendan Evans (5 W, 0 L)
80.00% Igor Sijsling (4 W, 1 L)
80.00% Ilija Bozoljac (4 W, 1 L)
75.00% Nicolas Mahut (3 W, 1 L)
75.00% Sergei Bubka (3 W, 1 L)
66.67% Alex Bogdanovic (4 W, 2 L)
66.67% Joshua Goodall (4 W, 2 L)

Grobar
12-08-2009, 11:31 PM
Zeballos of course :) he played excellent on challanger tour,so he get into the top 100,and started to play some good matches on the ATP tournaments :)

so,my choice,Horacio Zeballos :)

pedroruizbo
12-09-2009, 02:40 AM
Zeballos is the Challenger Player of the Year.

Victor Giraldo
12-09-2009, 05:04 AM
Zeballos :wavey:

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 11:15 AM
Seventh candidate introduced:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wde.gif FLORIAN MAYER

http://www.sportgate.de/typo3temp/pics/Zwangspause-fuer-Florian-Mayer_942b40554d.jpg


Started the year as #409, but closed it at #61 (+348)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
44 / 17

72.13%

Ate 1 bagel

Served 3 bagels

Wins include:
Luczak, Brown, Lacko, Ilhan, Gil, O. Rochus, Stakhovsky, Sweeting, Darcis, C. Rochus, Cuevas, Vliegen

Losses include:
Kamke, Riba, Udomchoke, De Chaunac, Rosol
2009 Singles:


W (2)

11. Bangkok, Thailand, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
21. Karlsruhe, Germany, €30K+H, Clay

F (3)

1. Nouméa, New Caledonia, France, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
16. Sofia, Bulgaria, €85K, Clay
32. Istanbul, Turkey, $50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (5)

4. Heilbronn, Germany, €85K+H, Indoor Hard
19. Busan, South Korea, $75K+H, Outdoor Hard
26. Braunschweig, Germany, €106.5K+H, Clay
30. Tampere, Finland, €42.5K, Clay
35. Freudenstadt, Germany, €35K+H, Clay

QF (2)

8. Wolfsburg, Germany, €30K+H, Indoor Carpet
37. Szczecin, Poland, €106.5K+H, Clay


2009 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 11:25 AM
Eighth candidate introduced:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif MICHAEL RUSSELL

http://www.luxilonracquetsports.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/russell3119.jpg


Started the year as #242, but closed it at #83 (+159)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
42 / 15

73.68%

Ate 2 bagels

Served 4 bagels

Wins include:
Dent, K. Anderson, De Bakker, L. Mayer, Becker, Zeballos, Levine

Losses include:
Zemlja, Young, Gregorc, Mamiit, Yani
2009 Singles:


W (3)

18. Savannah, Georgia, $50K, Clay
21. Carson 2, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
46. Champaign, Illinois, USA, $50K, Indoor Hard

F (3)

2. Salinas, Ecuador, $35K+H, Outdoor Hard
36. Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands, €42.5K+H, Clay
42. Calabasas, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (1)

22. Yuba City, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard

QF (5)

5. Dallas, Texas, USA, $50K, Indoor Hard
16. Rome 2, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
19. Sarasota, Florida, USA, $50K, Clay
41. Tiburon, California, USA, $50K, Outdoor Hard
44. Charlottesville, Virginia, USA,$50K, Indoor Hard


2009 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 11:35 AM
Ninth candidate introduced:

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbe.gif XAVIER MALISSE

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40767000/jpg/_40767420_malisse_300x300.jpg


Started the year as #162, but closed it at #94 (+68)
Win/loss record in Challengers:
31 W / 10 L

75.61%

Ate 0 bagels

Served 2 bagels

Wins include:
Brands, Llodra, Kavcic, Lacko, Dent, K. Anderson, Russell, Robert, Mahut, Berrer, Gabashvili

Losses include:
Hocevar
2009 Singles:


W (2)

30. Granby, Canada, $50K+H, Outdoor Hard
42. Orléans, France, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard

F (2)

31. Vancouver, Canada, $100K, Outdoor Hard
36. St. Remy, France, €50K, Outdoor Hard

SF (2)

11. Caltanissetta, Italy, €30K+H, Clay
19. Sarasota, Florida, USA, $50K, Clay

QF (2)

40. Mons, Belgium, €106.5K+H, Indoor Hard
41. Rennes, France, €64K+H, Indoor Hard



2009 Doubles:


W (0)

F (0)

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 11:37 AM
Going through Malisse's losses in Challengers this year, the only 'bad' loss he had was against Hocevar in Rome :eek:

Other losses are against Falla, Tipsarevic, Andujar (Ret.), Baghdatis, Odesnik, Ball, Istomin, De Bakker, but these all don't count as bad losses in my opinion.

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 11:49 AM
First set of most notable other contestants introduced:

MOST NOTABLE OTHER CONTESTANTS I

... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wsi.gif BLAZ KAVCIC

Started the year as #285, but finished as #125 (+160)
Winner of two singles titles (Alessandria, Constanta)
Three times runner-up (San Remo, Busan, Rijeka)
Win/loss record:
37 / 20

64.91% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wau.gif PETER LUCZAK

Started the year as #156, but finished as #77 (+79)
Winner of three singles titles (Fürth, Poznan, Cordenons)
One-time runner-up (Tampere)
Winner of two doubles titles (Zagreb, Tampere)

Win/loss record:
40 / 17

70.18% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wit.gif PAOLO LORENZI

Started the year as #207, but finished as #84 (+123)
Winner of three singles titles (Reggio Emilia, Rijeka, Ljubljana)
Three-time runner-up (San Luis Potosi, Tenerife, Tarragona)
Winner of one doubles title (Orbetello)
Win/loss record:
48 / 21

69.57% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif JUAN-IGNACIO CHELA

Started the year as #140, but finished as #73 (+67)
Winner of one singles title (Medellin)
One-time runner-up (Brasilia)
Win/loss record:
31 / 9

77.50% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wco.gif SANTIAGO GIRALDO

Started the year as #163, but finished as #107 (+56)
Winner of three singles titles (Salinas, San Luis Potosi, Sacramento)
One-time runner-up (Guayaquil)

Win/loss record:
39 / 14

73.58%

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 11:59 AM
Second set of most notable other contestants introduced:

MOST NOTABLE OTHER CONTESTANTS II

... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wbr.gif MARCOS DANIEL

Started the year as #79, but finished as #87 (-8)
Winner of three singles titles (Marrakech, Zagreb, Bogota 2)
Win/loss record:
22 / 8

73.33% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wfi.gif JARKKO NIEMINEN

Started the year as #38, but finished as #88 (-50)
Winner of one singles title (Jersey 2)
One-time runner-up (Salzburg)
Win/loss record:
15 / 5

75.00% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wcy.gif MARCOS BAGHDATIS

Started the year as #100, but finished as #42 (+58)
Winner of three singles titles (Vancouver, St. Rémy, Tashkent)
Win/loss record:
15 / 1

93.75% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/war.gif MAXIMO GONZALEZ

Started the year as #125, but finished as #66 (+59)
Winner of two singles titles (Iquique, Santiago)
One-time runner-up (Turin)
Winner of one doubles title (Scheveningen)

Win/loss record:
21 / 7

75.00% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wcz.gif JAN HAJEK

Started the year as #479, but finished as #103 (+376)
Winner of three singles titles (Ostrava, Prostejov, Freudenstadt)
One-time runner-up (Bytom)

Win/loss record:
36 / 16

69.23%

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 12:11 PM
The final set of most notable other contestants introduced:

MOST NOTABLE OTHER CONTESTANTS III

... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wit.gif POTITO STARACE

Started the year as #70, but finished as #62 (+8)
Winner of one singles title (Turin)
Three-times runner-up (Lugano, San Marino, Napoli 2)

Winner of one doubles title (Turin)

Win/loss record:
20 / 6

76.92% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wus.gif TAYLOR DENT

Started the year as #879, but finished as #76 (+803)
Winner of two singles titles (Tulsa, Knoxville)
One-time runner-up (Champaign)
Win/loss record:
17 / 6

73.91% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wfr.gif STÉPHANE ROBERT

Started the year as #366, but finished as #108 (+258)
Winner of two singles titles (Kosice, Alphen aan den Rijn)
Two-times runner-up (Orléans, Jersey 2)

Win/loss record:
37 / 16

69.81% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wco.gif ALEJANDRO FALLA

Started the year as #182, but finished as #81 (+101)
Winner of three singles titles (Pereira, Cali, Rennes)
Winner of one doubles title (Bogota 3)

Win/loss record:
25 / 11

69.44% ... http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/misc/wec.gif NICOLAS LAPENTTI

Started the year as #88, but finished as #97 (-9)
Winner of one singles title (Guayaquil)
Two-times runner-up (Montevideo, Sao Paulo)

Win/loss record:
17 / 5

77.27%

Zirconek
12-09-2009, 12:14 PM
It would be interesting to have data about prize money in Challengers, but it would be a hell of work :p

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 12:14 PM
The poll is online :rocker:

You have until the end of the month to vote :bigwave:

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 01:10 PM
Statistics Update:

Ranking Jumps of 2009 Title Winners:
Calculated as the difference between the rankings of 7 December 2009 and the 2008 year-end ranking.

NA, Gaston Gaudio (NR to 167)
+895, Guillaume Rufin (1067 to 172)

+803, Taylor Dent (879 to 76)
+627, Federico Del Bonis (822 to 195)

+549, Marco Chiudinelli (605 to 56)
+478, Bernard Tomic (763 to 285)
+425, Michal Przysiezny (609 to 184)

+376, Jan Hajek (479 to 103)

+350, Dustin Brown (494 to 144)

+348, Florian Mayer (409 to 61)
+329, Robin Vik (536 to 207)

+258, Stéphane Robert (366 to 108)

+246, Lukas Lacko (325 to 82)
+241, Ivan Dodig (422 to 181)
+241, Uladzimir Ignatik (433 to 192)

+226, Takao Suzuki (509 to 283)

+216, Daniel Evans (477 to 261)
+194, Ivan Sergeyev (402 to 208)

+178, Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. (309 to 131)
+160, Blaz Kavcic (285 to 125)

+159, Michael Russell (242 to 83)

+154, Horacio Zeballos (199 to 45)
+153, Thiemo de Bakker (249 to 96)
+151, Carlos Salamanca (310 to 159)
+146, Alex Kuznetsov (344 to 198)

+135, Marcelo Demoliner (424 to 289)
+129, Harel Levy (248 to 119)

+123, Paolo Lorenzi (207 to 84)
+123, Julio Silva (276 to 153)

+112, Iñigo Cervantes-Huegun (348 to 236)
+111, Ilya Marchenko (231 to 120)
+111, Rajeev Ram (190 to 79)

+110, John Isner (144 to 34)

+101, Alejandro Falla (182 to 81)
+92, Pablo Cuevas (142 to 50)

+89, Benjamin Becker (129 to 40)
+80, Ruben Bemelmans (265 to 185)

+79, Peter Luczak (156 to 77)
+72, Konstantin Kravchuk (303 to 231)

+70, Andreas Beck (109 to 39)

+68, Xavier Malisse (162 to 94)
+67, Juan-Ignacio Chela (140 to 73)
+67, Simon Greul (126 to 59)
+65, Olivier Rochus (122 to 57)

+61, Ramón Delgado (264 to 203)
+61, Dominik Meffert (239 to 178)

+59, Maximo Gonzalez (125 to 66)
+59, Michael Berrer (133 to 74)

+58, Marcos Baghdatis (100 to 42)
+58, Daniel Brands (150 to 92)
+58, Ryan Sweeting (213 to 155)

+56, Santiago Giraldo (163 to 107)
+55, Adrian Ungur (234 to 179)

+54, Daniel Köllerer (125 to 71)
+53, Evgeny Korolev (106 to 53)

+51, Brydan Klein (251 to 200)

+49, Thomaz Bellucci (85 to 36)
+47, Ricardo Mello (198 to 151)
+41, Frederico Gil (110 to 69)

+39, Brendan Evans (176 to 137)
+38, David Marrero (196 to 158)

+36, Laurent Recouderc (174 to 138)
+34, Fabio Fognini (88 to 54)
+34, Lukas Rosol (182 to 148)
+34, Pere Riba (155 to 121)

+31, Karol Beck (145 to 114)
+30, Arnaud Clément (93 to 63)
+28, Viktor Troicki (57 to 29)

+27, Sebastian Decoud (177 to 150)

+24, Alex Bogdanovic (188 to 164)
+24, Josselin Ouanna (154 to 130)

+18, Daniel Gimeno-Traver (90 to 72)
+16, Mikhail Kukushkin (148 to 132)
+14, Wayne Odesnik (119 to 105)

+11, Alessio Di Mauro (240 to 229)
+11, Janko Tipsarevic (49 to 38)

+9, Ryler DeHeart (252 to 243)

+8, Potito Starace (70 to 62)
+29, Rui Machado (153 to 124)
+9, Robin Söderling (17 to 8)

+8, Sergei Bubka (272 to 264)
+8, Andrea Stoppini (224 to 216)
+7, James Ward (280 to 273)
+1, Dick Norman (307 to 306)

0, Kevin Kim (117 to 117)
-2, Oscar Hernandez (68 to 70)

-4, Marc Gicquel (54 to 58)

-8, Marcos Daniel (79 to 87)
-8, Stanislas Wawrinka (13 to 21)

-9, Nicolas Lapentti (88 to 97)
-9, Danai Udomchoke (152 to 163)

-14, Andreas Seppi (35 to 49)

-16, Fabrice Santoro (52 to 68)

-17, Feliciano Lopez (30 to 47)

-18, Paul Capdeville (111 to 129)

-19, Stéphane Bohli (128 to 147)

-26, Kristof Vliegen (84 to 110)
-28, Alberto Martín (100 to 128)

-34, Yen-Hsun Lu (64 to 98)
-35, Nicolas Massu (77 to 112)

-40, Ivo Minar (99 to 139)
-40, Chris Guccione (96 to 136)
-44, Andrey Golubev (89 to 133)

-50, Jarkko Nieminen (38 to 88)
-56, Donald Young (138 to 194)

-58, Kevin Anderson (104 to 162)

-60, Eduardo Schwank (58 to 118)
-98, Rainer Eitzinger (277 to 375)
-103, Marc López (247 to 350)
-117, Jesse Huta Galung (175 to 292)

-127, Go Soeda (114 to 241) Players

orangehat
12-09-2009, 02:03 PM
Robert surely worth a mention here.

Franco GF
12-09-2009, 02:55 PM
My vote is for these numbers: 5 singles titles and 6 doubles titles,

I think it`s say all, it´s the same to say H.Zeballos was far the best player.

Brgs!!

Machiavelli
12-09-2009, 03:47 PM
Too many dutch members who closely follow CH events, the majority events Zeballos won in Southamerica where micky mouse Chalengers with awful competition, he should have been man enough and came to Europe to prove how good he is....

Timotheus
12-09-2009, 03:56 PM
Landslide win for Thiemo :)

10K Futures Qualifier
12-09-2009, 05:47 PM
Other: Michael-Ray Pallares

quiron
12-09-2009, 06:35 PM
Zeballos only won Ch in South America, way weaker fields then the european CH

He won Bourdeaux CH in doubles :shrug:

CooCooCachoo
12-09-2009, 08:35 PM
Too many dutch members who closely follow CH events, the majority events Zeballos won in Southamerica where micky mouse Chalengers with awful competition, he should have been man enough and came to Europe to prove how good he is....

In previous years there was a clear South American bias. But it's fear to say that many Dutchies are blinded by nationality. That having been said, I am actually myself considering voting for him over Zeballos, because I think many of the events Zeballos won were extremely weak. It'd be interesting to calculate the average ranking of the opponents he came across and compare them with the others. I am sure that figure will be quite a bit lower. Nonetheless, at the end of the year he did show that he is able to beat some top players.

willoughby
12-09-2009, 08:55 PM
Other: Michael-Ray Pallares

too bad Greg, you didn't vote for your fave :sad:

Ivanatis
12-09-2009, 11:39 PM
:eek:Becker at zero? What the hell? I expected him to win this title. And writing this I'm not actually a fan of him.

Ozone
12-10-2009, 03:36 AM
Obviously it's Zeballos. Jumping from 200-50 playing exclusively challengers is something that is rarely seen, must less something that can be done. I want to vote for Russel and Baghdatis for Zeba's resume is just too good. De Bakker & Dolgo & Becker have been amazing on the challenger tour this year also. Great candidates up there, but pretty easy vote for me.

I think the late Mathieu Montcourt deserves an "other" most notable request:angel:

Ozone
12-10-2009, 03:38 AM
Other: Michael-Ray Pallares
I couldn't make up my mind between him and Zeballos. You didnt vote for M-Russ??

Holy
12-10-2009, 09:39 AM
I have no opinion about the „Challenger Player of the year“.
The challenger tournaments are overpointed, winning 75-90 points for a victory is a joke, so it is logical that such players like Zeballos have such a high ranking. In my eyes, he is a coward and I hope that he will fall down next year. He has only won just a few matches against Top 100 players and is now Top 50, this should be forbidden by the ATP by reducing the points for these tournaments.
It is logical that other players who had courage and took part in Word Tour tournaments cannot have such a summary at the end of year though they are maybe players with a lot more of potential. Therefore this „titel“ is not significant for me.

TennisTheme
12-10-2009, 10:29 AM
Definitely CH player of the year for me is Horatio Zeballos. Some other players show us their potential but for year 2009 Horatio is "The King" of ATP Challenger Tour. Thiemo was also great this year but Zeballos is first. Hope that he will continue in this direction...

Caio_Brasil
12-10-2009, 10:31 AM
Definetely Horacio.

Caio_Brasil
12-10-2009, 10:34 AM
I have no opinion about the „Challenger Player of the year“.
The challenger tournaments are overpointed, winning 75-90 points for a victory is a joke, so it is logical that such players like Zeballos have such a high ranking. In my eyes, he is a coward and I hope that he will fall down next year. He has only won just a few matches against Top 100 players and is now Top 50, this should be forbidden by the ATP by reducing the points for these tournaments.
It is logical that other players who had courage and took part in Word Tour tournaments cannot have such a summary at the end of year though they are maybe players with a lot more of potential. Therefore this „titel“ is not significant for me.

Well this is the Challenger Player of the Year contest so we should be analyzing challenger matches and titles. Also Horacio was a finalist in a World Tour tournament and won a match in the US Open after passing through qualies, which is something the biggest part of the "brave players" didn't achieve.

willoughby
12-10-2009, 10:40 AM
I have no opinion about the „Challenger Player of the year“.
The challenger tournaments are overpointed, winning 75-90 points for a victory is a joke, so it is logical that such players like Zeballos have such a high ranking. In my eyes, he is a coward and I hope that he will fall down next year. He has only won just a few matches against Top 100 players and is now Top 50, this should be forbidden by the ATP by reducing the points for these tournaments.
It is logical that other players who had courage and took part in Word Tour tournaments cannot have such a summary at the end of year though they are maybe players with a lot more of potential. Therefore this „titel“ is not significant for me.

The points have already been reduced this year. You are not a coward for playing challengers :shrug:

and don't forget that Zeballos also reached an ATP Final this year.

Holy
12-10-2009, 11:39 AM
The points have already been reduced this year. You are not a coward for playing challengers :shrug:

and don't forget that Zeballos also reached an ATP Final this year.

In St.Petersburg he won against No. 218, 142, 100 and 103 and lost against No. 93, so this was a lucky strike. Nice for him, but he will never do it again.

Besides that, you can get 90 points by winning an "average" challenger, but you have to reach the semifinals in a World 250 or a quarterfinal in a World 500 tournament. For me, this is a joke, my opinion.

CooCooCachoo
12-10-2009, 12:02 PM
In St.Petersburg he won against No. 218, 142, 100 and 103 and lost against No. 93, so this was a lucky strike. Nice for him, but he will never do it again.

Besides that, you can get 90 points by winning an "average" challenger, but you have to reach the semifinals in a World 250 or a quarterfinal in a World 500 tournament. For me, this is a joke, my opinion.

I think the difference between Challengers and ATP events is much smaller than you're acknowledging, and the fact that players like Dodig, Marchenko, Stakhovsky and Zeballos had a good run in at least one of those events this year illustrates that. If anything, the fact that the points you can win in Challengers have been lowered this year is a bad thing.

CooCooCachoo
12-10-2009, 12:03 PM
Obviously it's Zeballos. Jumping from 200-50 playing exclusively challengers is something that is rarely seen, must less something that can be done. I want to vote for Russel and Baghdatis for Zeba's resume is just too good. De Bakker & Dolgo & Becker have been amazing on the challenger tour this year also. Great candidates up there, but pretty easy vote for me.

I think the late Mathieu Montcourt deserves an "other" most notable request:angel:

There are two things you have to keep in mind though:


Zeballos beat relatively poor players in most of the Challengers he won, especially in the first half of the season.
He reached the final in St. Petersburg, so that boosted his ranking quite significantly as well.

marquez
12-10-2009, 09:43 PM
Too many dutch members who closely follow CH events, the majority events Zeballos won in Southamerica where micky mouse Chalengers with awful competition, he should have been man enough and came to Europe to prove how good he is....

of course the general level at most SA challengers is lower than in Europe
its just the consistency of zeballos which puts him clearly ahead of the european players imo
you cant really blame him for beating opponents that are not as strong as they might have been on the european ch tour. you cant even blame him for beating poorer players in 3 sets, you might call it not convincing, but in the end he won these matches.
he has beaten players like chela,massu and gaudio as well when it mattered. especially his match with gaudio in BA was high quality and it showed that zeballos is able to raise his level when he needs to.

marquez
12-10-2009, 09:50 PM
I really like Thiemo and I'm happy to see him climbing up the rankings, but if you look his results up you see that he hasn't had too many strong opponents when he was on his hot streak. still he played a good consistent season but beating these opponents(apart from riba & luczak) doesn't put him ahead of zeballos imo:

Brasov, Romania; 31.08.2009; CH; Outdoor: Clay; Draw: 32

Round Opponent Ranking Score
R32 Adrian Cruciat (ROU) 327 W 6-0, 6-3 Stats
R16 Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 282 W 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 Stats
Q Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol (ESP) 416 W 6-4, 6-4 Stats
S Francesco Aldi (ITA) 359 W 6-2, 6-0 Stats
W Pere Riba (ESP) 157 W 7-5, 6-0 Stats

This Event Points: 75, South African Airways ATP Ranking: 151, Prize Money: €4,300

San Sebastian, Spain; 17.08.2009; CH; Outdoor: Clay; Draw: 32

Round Opponent Ranking Score
R32 Miguel Angel Lopez Jaen (ESP) 255 W 6-4, 6-2 Stats
R16 Boris Pashanski (SRB) 315 W 6-4, 6-4 Stats
Q Jose Checa-Calvo (ESP) 260 W 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-3 Stats
S Pedro Clar-Rossello (ESP) 433 W 6-3, 6-2 Stats
W Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 391 W 6-2, 6-3 Stats

This Event Points: 75, South African Airways ATP Ranking: 169, Prize Money: €4,300

Vigo, Spain; 10.08.2009; CH; Outdoor: Clay; Draw: 32

Round Opponent Ranking Score
R32 Michel Koning (NED) 310 W 6-1, 6-1 Stats
R16 Pablo Santos (ESP) 219 W 6-4, 6-2 Stats
Q Ivan Navarro (ESP) 123 W 7-5, 6-1 Stats
S Pablo Andujar (ESP) 120 W 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 Stats
W Thierry Ascione (FRA) 248 W 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Stats

This Event Points: 75, South African Airways ATP Ranking: 207, Prize Money: €4,300

San Marino, San Marino; 03.08.2009; CH; Outdoor: Clay; Draw: 32

Round Opponent Ranking Score
R32 Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) 210 L 6-0, 6-7(8), 4-6 Stats

This Event Points: , South African Airways ATP Ranking: 208, Prize Money: €885

Tampere, Finland; 27.07.2009; CH; Outdoor: Clay; Draw: 32

Round Opponent Ranking Score
R32 Alexander Peya (AUT) 252 W 6-4, 6-4 Stats
R16 Philipp Oswald (AUT) 319 W 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(1) Stats
Q Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 192 W 6-4, 1-0 RET Stats
S Alberto Brizzi (ITA) 287 W 6-0, 6-0 Stats
W Peter Luczak (AUS) 113 W 6-4, 7-6(7) Stats

This Event Points: 75, South African Airways ATP Ranking: 256, Prize Money: €6,150

Aapje
12-11-2009, 09:44 AM
and don't forget that Zeballos also reached an ATP Final this year.

But if you take that into consideration, you have to be fair and also look at the non-challenger results of other players. For instance, De Bakker defeated Monfils (#13) in the Davis cup.

Ivanatis
12-11-2009, 11:31 AM
But if you take that into consideration, you have to be fair and also look at the non-challenger results of other players. For instance, De Bakker defeated Monfils (#13) in the Davis cup.

Neither Zeballos' ATP final nor De Bakker's DC results should play a role here.

eric
12-11-2009, 04:15 PM
My vote goes to Zeballos, as we have to choose . . . only one player ;*)

njnetswill
12-11-2009, 08:06 PM
I decided to give Dustin his first vote :angel:

willoughby
12-11-2009, 09:58 PM
But if you take that into consideration, you have to be fair and also look at the non-challenger results of other players. For instance, De Bakker defeated Monfils (#13) in the Davis cup.

I didn't take that into consideration.
I was answering to Holy and explaining him that Zeballos did not achieve good results only at challenger level this year (also at the USO and St.Pete)

CooCooCachoo
12-12-2009, 11:41 AM
I've given it a bit more thought and decided that there is no way to not vote for Zeballos.

Klaas_nalbandian
12-12-2009, 03:22 PM
zeballos or de Bakker, they both had a really good season or half a season. Guess they are very happy with their improvements. Now they have to show if they are worth beinig in the top 100. I voted for de Bakker but of course Zeballos deserves it as well

Ivanatis
12-12-2009, 04:40 PM
I decided to give Dustin his first vote :angel:
:yeah:
gave him his 3rd, he's not the best, but my favourite from those mentioned and if I'd have voted him or the one who I considered best, is pretty irrelevant

my ranking in terms of class:
1. Becker
2. Zeballos
3. De Bakker

LeChuck
12-12-2009, 05:47 PM
1 - Zeballos
2 - De Bakker
3 - Becker

Getta
12-12-2009, 06:45 PM
Even though Marcos Baghdatis, Andreas Beck, Nicolas Lapentti, Kristof Vliegen, Potito Starace and Jarkko Nieminen did well in Challengers, they played six or fewer Challengers only, so should, in my opinion, be excluded from the competition. If you disagree, you can still vote for them in the 'Other' option.

and rightly so.

Baghdatis kept playing challengers until finally he's found his form when it really mattered. ;)

Too many dutch members who closely follow CH events, the majority events Zeballos won in Southamerica where micky mouse Chalengers with awful competition, he should have been man enough and came to Europe to prove how good he is....

this,

In previous years there was a clear South American bias. But it's fear to say that many Dutchies are blinded by nationality. That having been said, I am actually myself considering voting for him over Zeballos, because I think many of the events Zeballos won were extremely weak. It'd be interesting to calculate the average ranking of the opponents he came across and compare them with the others. I am sure that figure will be quite a bit lower. Nonetheless, at the end of the year he did show that he is able to beat some top players.

and this.

so here we go,

1 - De Bakker
2 - Hajek
3 - Luczak

roberthenman
12-12-2009, 10:16 PM
1- de Bakker
2- Zeballos
3- lacko

byledobiec
12-13-2009, 05:03 PM
Zeba

Milton
12-14-2009, 02:55 AM
Other - Marcos Daniel!!!

byledobiec
12-14-2009, 09:36 AM
so impressive this report :worship:

Holy
12-14-2009, 10:47 AM
I think the difference between Challengers and ATP events is much smaller than you're acknowledging, and the fact that players like Dodig, Marchenko, Stakhovsky and Zeballos had a good run in at least one of those events this year illustrates that. If anything, the fact that the points you can win in Challengers have been lowered this year is a bad thing.

I don´t think so. For me it is a huge difference to beat at least one Top 10 to Top 30 player and several from the Top 50 to win a World Tournament or to beat one player out of the Top 100 and the rest from 100-300. This is not a "small" difference. My proposal: just give Challenger tournaments more prize money but less points.

And for me it is "luck" if a good challenger player reaches a final or semi final of a World Tour tournament. A good draw and luck and there you are. It is logical is that these players are not able to repeat such a success immediately. For me, this is a "one-hit-wonder" which is nothing unusual.

Just look at Zeballos: besides the "lucky strike" in St.Petersburg, there was nothing at all on the tour. The ranking points table is a joke.

Labamba
12-15-2009, 02:36 PM
has to be Zeballos :hatoff:

Becker should have more votes though

CooCooCachoo
12-15-2009, 02:45 PM
Yeah it's interesting to see how few votes Becker has been getting.

10K Futures Qualifier
12-15-2009, 05:00 PM
Michael-Ray Pallares reached the first round of a challenger qualifying last year, he is not just the best player this year but he is the best player of all time!

CooCooCachoo
12-16-2009, 06:24 PM
:yawn:

Ozone
12-17-2009, 10:10 PM
Michael-Ray Pallares reached the first round of a challenger qualifying last year, he is not just the best player this year but he is the best player of all time!
And how did he do in the first round qualy match???

10K Futures Qualifier
12-18-2009, 07:16 PM
And how did he do in the first round qualy match???

He lost 0 and 1 but hes still an awesome player. He will tell you he is a big David Cupper despite the fact hes played one match.

CooCooCachoo
12-18-2009, 08:25 PM
I find it seriously disrespectful that you are trying to turn this thread, which I put quite some effort into, into a bit of a joke. I'd actually delete your idiotic posts, but I guess I don't have a valid reason to do so. But that doesn't make the posts any less idiotic.

byledobiec
12-24-2009, 09:25 AM
STATISTICS

Ranking Jumps of 2009 Title Winners:
Calculated as the difference between the rankings of 7 December 2009 and the 2008 year-end ranking.

NA, Gaston Gaudio (NR to 167)
+895, Guillaume Rufin (1067 to 172)

+803, Taylor Dent (879 to 76)
+627, Federico Del Bonis (822 to 195)

+549, Marco Chiudinelli (605 to 56)
+478, Bernard Tomic (763 to 285)
+425, Michal Przysiezny (609 to 184)

+376, Jan Hajek (479 to 103)

+350, Dustin Brown (494 to 144)

+348, Florian Mayer (409 to 61)
+329, Robin Vik (536 to 207)

+258, Stéphane Robert (366 to 108)

+246, Lukas Lacko (325 to 82)
+241, Ivan Dodig (422 to 181)
+241, Uladzimir Ignatik (433 to 192)

+226, Takao Suzuki (509 to 283)

+216, Daniel Evans (477 to 261)
+194, Ivan Sergeyev (402 to 208)

+178, Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. (309 to 131)
+160, Blaz Kavcic (285 to 125)

+159, Michael Russell (242 to 83)

+154, Horacio Zeballos (199 to 45)
+153, Thiemo de Bakker (249 to 96)
+151, Carlos Salamanca (310 to 159)
+146, Alex Kuznetsov (344 to 198)

+135, Marcelo Demoliner (424 to 289)
+129, Harel Levy (248 to 119)

+123, Paolo Lorenzi (207 to 84)
+123, Julio Silva (276 to 153)

+112, Iñigo Cervantes-Huegun (348 to 236)
+111, Ilya Marchenko (231 to 120)
+111, Rajeev Ram (190 to 79)

+110, John Isner (144 to 34)

+101, Alejandro Falla (182 to 81)
+92, Pablo Cuevas (142 to 50)

+89, Benjamin Becker (129 to 40)
+80, Ruben Bemelmans (265 to 185)

+79, Peter Luczak (156 to 77)
+72, Konstantin Kravchuk (303 to 231)

+70, Andreas Beck (109 to 39)

+68, Xavier Malisse (162 to 94)
+67, Juan-Ignacio Chela (140 to 73)
+67, Simon Greul (126 to 59)
+65, Olivier Rochus (122 to 57)

+61, Ramón Delgado (264 to 203)
+61, Dominik Meffert (239 to 178)

+59, Maximo Gonzalez (125 to 66)
+59, Michael Berrer (133 to 74)

+58, Marcos Baghdatis (100 to 42)
+58, Daniel Brands (150 to 92)
+58, Ryan Sweeting (213 to 155)

+56, Santiago Giraldo (163 to 107)
+55, Adrian Ungur (234 to 179)

+54, Daniel Köllerer (125 to 71)
+53, Evgeny Korolev (106 to 53)

+51, Brydan Klein (251 to 200)

+49, Thomaz Bellucci (85 to 36)
+47, Ricardo Mello (198 to 151)
+41, Frederico Gil (110 to 69)

+39, Brendan Evans (176 to 137)
+38, David Marrero (196 to 158)

+36, Laurent Recouderc (174 to 138)
+34, Fabio Fognini (88 to 54)
+34, Lukas Rosol (182 to 148)
+34, Pere Riba (155 to 121)

+31, Karol Beck (145 to 114)
+30, Arnaud Clément (93 to 63)
+28, Viktor Troicki (57 to 29)

+27, Sebastian Decoud (177 to 150)

+24, Alex Bogdanovic (188 to 164)
+24, Josselin Ouanna (154 to 130)

+18, Daniel Gimeno-Traver (90 to 72)
+16, Mikhail Kukushkin (148 to 132)
+14, Wayne Odesnik (119 to 105)

+11, Alessio Di Mauro (240 to 229)
+11, Janko Tipsarevic (49 to 38)

+9, Ryler DeHeart (252 to 243)

+8, Potito Starace (70 to 62)
+29, Rui Machado (153 to 124)
+9, Robin Söderling (17 to 8)

+8, Sergei Bubka (272 to 264)
+8, Andrea Stoppini (224 to 216)
+7, James Ward (280 to 273)
+1, Dick Norman (307 to 306)

0, Kevin Kim (117 to 117)
-2, Oscar Hernandez (68 to 70)

-4, Marc Gicquel (54 to 58)

-8, Marcos Daniel (79 to 87)
-8, Stanislas Wawrinka (13 to 21)

-9, Nicolas Lapentti (88 to 97)
-9, Danai Udomchoke (152 to 163)

-14, Andreas Seppi (35 to 49)

-16, Fabrice Santoro (52 to 68)

-17, Feliciano Lopez (30 to 47)

-18, Paul Capdeville (111 to 129)

-19, Stéphane Bohli (128 to 147)

-26, Kristof Vliegen (84 to 110)
-28, Alberto Martín (100 to 128)

-34, Yen-Hsun Lu (64 to 98)
-35, Nicolas Massu (77 to 112)

-40, Ivo Minar (99 to 139)
-40, Chris Guccione (96 to 136)
-44, Andrey Golubev (89 to 133)

-50, Jarkko Nieminen (38 to 88)
-56, Donald Young (138 to 194)

-58, Kevin Anderson (104 to 162)

-60, Eduardo Schwank (58 to 118)
-98, Rainer Eitzinger (277 to 375)
-103, Marc López (247 to 350)
-117, Jesse Huta Galung (175 to 292)

-127, Go Soeda (114 to 241)Players with three or more singles titles:

5. Zeballos, Horacio ARG [4. Bucaramanga, 11. Bogota, 29. Manta, 31. Campos do Jordão, 39. Buenos Aires]
4. Becker, Benjamin GER [4. Heilbronn, 14. Baton Rouge, 17. Rhodes, 20. Cremona]
4. De Bakker, Thiemo NED [30. Tampere, 32. Vigo, 33. San Sebastian, 35. Brasov]


But where is Kontinen - 1818th to 291st?

Maseter
12-24-2009, 11:41 AM
Kontinen isn't a title winner ;)

kai.
12-27-2009, 11:43 PM
Zeballos no doubt

Franco GF
12-30-2009, 08:53 PM
HORACIO :worship:

CooCooCachoo
01-03-2010, 02:58 PM
Expected and deserved victory :yeah:

It seems only South Americans can win this title :unsure: :lol:

Zirconek
01-14-2010, 03:12 PM
Vote for the 2009 Futures player of the year as well :D

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=155847