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Former GS semifinalists, Can they do it again?

Blackbriar
01-01-2011, 10:57 AM
They were one-time only grand-slam semifinalists, can they do it again?

DAVID FERRER, US Open 2007
FERNANDO VERDASCO, Australian Open 2009
JURGĖN MELZER, Roland Garros 2010
GAĖL MONFILS, Roland Garros 2008
MARIN CILIC, Australian Open 2010
IVAN LJUBICIC, Roland Garros 2006
RICHARD GASQUET, Wimbledon 2007

Happy New Year :aparty:
Happy Birthday to David Nalbandian :aparty:

Luinir
01-01-2011, 11:13 AM
Ferrer - Yes
Verdasco - Yes
Melzer - No
Monfils - Maybe
Cilic - No
Ljubicic - No
Gasquet - No

vn01
01-01-2011, 11:15 AM
Verdasco and Cilic will do it for sure. And maybe Monfils! :wavey:

loopback
01-01-2011, 11:25 AM
Marin, Ivan & Richard. No

finishingmove
01-01-2011, 11:26 AM
Cilic - Yes

henke007
01-01-2011, 11:34 AM
Only Clownfils out of those so you see where this is heading....

oranges
01-01-2011, 11:37 AM
Ljubo, Pics and Melzer, I don't think so. I have my doubts about Monfils too.

Nole Rules
01-01-2011, 11:46 AM
Marin Cilic.Future GS Champion.:rocker2:

Chiseller
01-01-2011, 11:47 AM
Melzer of course :ras:

Jimnik
01-01-2011, 11:49 AM
Obviously the younger players have better chances but you never know.

Youzhny should be in the poll.

Filo V.
01-01-2011, 01:23 PM
I'd say yes to all of them except Gasquet, probably Ljubo and maybe Ferrer. Melzer I can definitely see making one at Wimbledon or US Open with the correct draw and an upset. Monfils is a very good clay courter, and also I think AO is a court he can do well on. As Misha should definitely be on the poll, because he certainly has chances, possibly the best chances of any of these guys.

Puschkin
01-01-2011, 01:42 PM
yes for all of them, apart from Ljubicic!

born_on_clay
01-01-2011, 01:45 PM
Ferrer and Verdasco can do it in French and Monfils on hardcourt

asmazif
01-01-2011, 03:21 PM
Malisse to have a dream run at AO11

Blackbriar
01-01-2011, 03:30 PM
Richard can and will do it again.

yuri27
01-01-2011, 04:21 PM
Gasquet will probably make at least another 1/2 final at Wimbledon considering it's by far his best surface and the lack of very good grass players in this era(he was unlucky to miss Wimbledon this year while he was playing his best tennis).No chance of making a GS 1/2 final in the others GSs though.You can't play as well as he played against Roddick and Murray on grass if you're not a very good grass court player.

Monfils will be lucky to make another 1/2 final with his clear lack of weapons.

Verdasco might make a FO's 1/2 final in the next few years.

Melzer: NO

Cilic: Probably,at USO or AO.

Ljubicic - NO

Certinfy
01-01-2011, 04:26 PM
Ferrer - Yes
Verdasco - Yes
Melzer - No
Monfils - Yes
Cilic - Yes
Ljubicic - No
Gasquet - No

yuri27
01-01-2011, 04:27 PM
Ferrer - Yes
Verdasco - Yes
Melzer - No
Monfils - Yes
Cilic - Yes
Ljubicic - No
Gasquet - No

You don't see Gasquet making another good run at Wimbledon???

Blackbriar
01-01-2011, 04:30 PM
He doesn't see Gasquet winning a single match at all....

oranges
01-01-2011, 04:31 PM
Why ask Jase anything about Gasquet. He'd say he'd lose to King Oscar in Wimbledon. He's the one who claims he'll never get back to top 20 FFS :lol:

ImmzB
01-01-2011, 04:36 PM
Ferrer - Yes
Verdasco - Yes
Melzer - No
Monfils - Yes
Cilic - Yes
Ljubicic - No
Gasquet - Yes

Horatio Caine
01-01-2011, 10:08 PM
They were one-time only grand-slam semifinalists, can they do it again?

DAVID FERRER, US Open 2007
FERNANDO VERDASCO, Australian Open 2009
JURGĖN MELZER, Roland Garros 2010
GAĖL MONFILS, Roland Garros 2008
MARIN CILIC, Australian Open 2010
IVAN LJUBICIC, Roland Garros 2006
RICHARD GASQUET, Wimbledon 2007

Happy New Year :aparty:
Happy Birthday to David Nalbandian :aparty:

Nice question.

I'd elmiminate Melzer, Ljubicic and Gasquet from those options.

Ironically, Ljubicic perhaps should have achieved more in Slams when he was at his peak, and only got his major break at the French Open courtesy of a very soft draw. Age, quuestionable health, and more depth to the current tour works very heavily against him now, so I don't give him any chance whatsoever I'm afraid.

Melzer is another one who has underachieved in Slams, but I feel that the French Open was a freak result for him. He is capable of solid R4 showings though.

Gasquet - :rolleyes: If he can work on his mental issues and a more constructive gameplan then he can get right back to the top level of the game. But as things currently stand I see him as a solid top 30 player with results more like R3-R4, and a few QFs. :shrug: He needs to believe in himself a lot more.

Ferrer - capable of another SF at the French Open, but it would probably have to be this year, while he is still hot. However, his problem is that when his intensity dips he becomes quite vulnerable (no bit shot to rescue him), and it is very difficult to play at a consistently high level, match after match, at the French Open.

Verdasco - I sense that we might have seen the best of Verdasco, although he can remain solid top 12. He has the talent to get to another SF, but he still struggles a lot mentally.

Monfils - very entertaining to watch, and if one day he decides to focus 100% on results rather than pleasuring the crowds, he is capable of reaching the SF at Australian Open and US Open as well imo.

Cilic - he CAN do it again, but the question is whether he becomes 'just another big hitter.' If he can get his game together he will be a rough draw at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

Nadull_tard
01-01-2011, 10:09 PM
Rainer Shitler.

Sonja1989
01-02-2011, 12:46 AM
I think he is only Cilic. He is young and very talent.

Sapeod
01-02-2011, 01:36 AM
Rainer Shitler.
It's Schuetter, not Shitler :)
Get it right, yeah?

Ferrer and Melzer could do it again. Ferrer at the French and Melzer at Wimbledon. They'll need to make an upset and have a good draw, though.

The other clowns, except for Monfils have no chance to ever reach a semi final again. Monfils could do it at the French Open.

Chartreuse
01-02-2011, 02:18 AM
Monfils the most likely. Cilic and Verdasco might as well.