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2012: 6 most likely 1st time grand slam finalists

ogre
11-14-2011, 05:26 AM
Last few years there have been very few breakthroughs. Which new players who have not made a final before can make a final in 2012. Who has the capacity to stop it being the same faces in all finals?

There was a recent thread asking people to select next years grand slam winners winners, and very little outside the current top few players get a mention. Most predict same players dominating, which started me thinking.....who is most likely to interrupt the current status quo?

So am asking to nominate 6 players most likely to at least make a grand slam final for the first time. In asking for 6 it means going beyond your favourite player and thinking, and also gives a better chance of naming the player who actually does next break through. If you can only think of one player in the answer I guess we can assume is a fan boy answer ?

Already establish grand slam finalists from the current players are:

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan-Martin Del-Potro, Robin Soderling, Andy Murray, Robin Soderling, Thomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marcos Baghdatis, Fernando Gonzalez

I think that is all. Who are the prospects to be a new guy on the list? The six most likely, do not just name your hero!

Puschkin
11-14-2011, 06:03 AM
I think that is all. Who are the prospects to be a new guy on the list? The six most likely, do not just name your hero!
But I can't ignore my hero. :p
So it is:

1. Gasquet, if he ever has a season without an injury
2. Monfils will always be dangerous in Roland Garros
3. Dolgopolov is for me the most interesting young gun, though he isn't that young any more
4. Raonic, this serve alone should bring him there once
5. Ferrer, but time is running out
6. Gulbis, though everyone will laugh at me.

ogre
11-14-2011, 06:09 AM
But I can't ignore my hero. :p
So it is:

1. Gasquet, if he ever has a season without an injury
2. Monfils will always be dangerous in Roland Garros
3. Dolgopolov is for me the most interesting young gun, though he isn't that young any more
4. Raonic, this serve alone should bring him there once
5. Ferrer, but time is running out
6. Gulbis, though everyone will laugh at me.

Thanks! Good list, and I am not laughing at Gulbis, sot it is not everyone :) He has talent, it is the consistency he needs. Better than having consistency and needing talent!

I deliberately did not want to put my own list as this was not a vehicle to push my own opinions. But seeing your list, my own ideas have changed already!

bobrocks
11-14-2011, 06:54 AM
Raonic at Wimbledon. That would be awesome!

Dolgopolov to me seems the most likely of that group.

Pirata.
11-14-2011, 07:11 AM
If grass was still fast, I could see Milos doing some damage.

Hope David can finally get to an RG final, it's a bit surprising to me that most of his major success (AO & USO semis, Masters Cup final) have come on hard courts.

MaxPower
11-14-2011, 07:37 AM
1. Monfils (probably should have been in one already, needs to avoid injuries and not clown)
2. Fish (better potential than Ferrer imo, especially in USO, but time is running out)
3. Dolgopolov (sure why not, got such upside in his game, sadly the lowest level isn't very high either)
4. Isner (feels like he could take anyone anywhere to TBs, then if he has an insane run he could do it)
5. Cilic (dunno, feels like he could shock everyone and do a run)
6. Verdasco (my pick among the spanish players, Ferrer/Almagro might reach more QFs/SFs but to me Verdasco got better weapons to actually win a semi....if he somehow gets going again, not counting on that)

dodo
11-14-2011, 07:58 AM
None of these guys can do it on their own merits, all they can do is hope the top4 guys in their half mug out. the ones that can are already on the finalist list.

Time Violation
11-14-2011, 08:30 AM
None of these guys can do it on their own merits, all they can do is hope the top4 guys in their half mug out. the ones that can are already on the finalist list.

This

Rodre Fegassi
11-14-2011, 09:28 AM
1. Monfils (probably should have been in one already, needs to avoid injuries and not clown)
2. Fish (better potential than Ferrer imo, especially in USO, but time is running out)
3. Dolgopolov (sure why not, got such upside in his game, sadly the lowest level isn't very high either)
4. Isner (feels like he could take anyone anywhere to TBs, then if he has an insane run he could do it)
5. Cilic (dunno, feels like he could shock everyone and do a run)
6. Verdasco (my pick among the spanish players, Ferrer/Almagro might reach more QFs/SFs but to me Verdasco got better weapons to actually win a semi....if he somehow gets going again, not counting on that)

This list makes me realize that no-one apart from Nadal and Djokovic is ever going to win a slam until Nadal and Djokovic retire.

Hell, no-one is going to reach a slam final until one of those two retire.

You guys better be digging your Nadal/Djokovic match-ups cuz that's all you're getting for the next 5+ years in finals.

ApproachShot
11-14-2011, 09:56 AM
1. Ferrer
2. Monfils
3. Verdasco
4. Cilic
5. Gasquet
6. Fish

Chase Visa
11-14-2011, 11:28 AM
Honestly I don't see any first-time Slam finalists. Despite the potential for surprises most of the 'biggish' names have already made Slam finals.

n8
11-14-2011, 11:45 AM
Almagro. Unlike virtually all other candidates, he only has a genuine chance at one Slam. But that works in his favour; to be a Slam finalist, one has to be really good at just one event. Almagro is 10 in the world with a large majority of his points coming from clay events.

Provided he schedules better next year, by not making ATP250s and 500s his focus, he could make a breakthrough.