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Will 2004 be Xaviers year?

Allez-H˛
12-08-2003, 01:03 PM
They showed a part of him in the news training in Florida.He seemed to be training very hard with Nick Bollitieri,especially fysicaly.He said that he's finally grown up a bit and he's ready to work hard and to dedicate his life to tennis.Is it finally going to be Xaviers turn to shine?
Vote and tells us why you think that he will shine or not.

Experimentee
12-08-2003, 01:43 PM
I think so. He already had a pretty bad year this year, and no doubt hes talented. The only way for him to go is up with not much to defend next year.

tripthemighty
12-08-2003, 01:59 PM
I think that it's definitely time for Xavier to shine in his career. Last year, he showed real potential and beat some key players, but he just lacked that mental strength. Several times, he just let himself get thrown out of the game mentally, and that backfired on him. But he's really beginning to pick up the intensity and focus on what counts.

My only fear is that his accomplishments next year (whatever they may be) will be overshadowed by the expected success of Roddick, Ferrero, Federer, and Coria. And also by the expected return to form by Safin, Moya, and Hewitt. There is a lot expected on the tour in 2004, including a new level of competitiveness. And, I hate to say it, but I fear that might interfere with Xavier's ability to shine.

joske
12-08-2003, 05:33 PM
Yeah I think next year he'll finally be able to show us what he's got, bc he's a good player.. I really hope that his success won't be overshadowed by the success of others as said before, but you know, to the fans (especially the Belgians ;) ) it would be FANTASTIC. Here in Belgium we're very aware of the fact that what is happening in the last few years is not something that's gonna happen again very soon.. The success we have now is already unbelievable, especially thinkin of the size of our itty-bitty country :rolleyes:

We'll see how it goes, but let's hope for the best!!

Crazy_Fool
12-08-2003, 06:44 PM
Imagine if everyone like Xav and Safin play at their best. Can u imagine the top 10. Boy i'm looking forward to next yr a bit too much.

tripthemighty
12-08-2003, 07:33 PM
Joske - I've been a fan of Xavier since he turned pro and so I totally understand where you are coming from. I just hope his success finally brings to light how much talent he has and how great his game could be. I've always maintained that if he could ever just pull it together for one big match, everyone would start to see him as a top 20 or top 15 player, and that would boost his confidence enough to send his game skyrocketing.

Crazy_Fool - I know exactly what you mean. Next year, in my opinion, is going to be unbelievable. With all of these players shaping up their games and returning at the same time. Roddick, Federer, Ferrero, Xavier, Safin, Henman, Agassi, Moya, Hewitt, Coria...just to name a few. It's going to be amazing.

WyverN
12-08-2003, 10:21 PM
The simple answer is no. Doesn't have the mentality and hence consistency to be higher then 25.
He had his big breakthrough in 2002 Wimbledon, did it give him confidence? no.

Leo
12-09-2003, 12:49 AM
It think 2004 could be his best year overall, although I'm not expecting another GS semifinal appearance like Wimbledon '02.

heya
12-09-2003, 12:27 PM
Not in the top 10, but his coach can't accept that
He beat Hewitt :p

Aurora
12-11-2003, 07:26 PM
Now this is some good news! Although I've gotten my hopes really up with him in the past, too high perhaps. Let's wait and see, I would love it though! (plus it would bring more male tennis on Belgian tv) So I voted yes, expressing hope for a few great exploits and some consistency ... Go X-Man!!

Lucie
12-12-2003, 11:13 PM
wow, 50-50 :)

star
12-26-2003, 06:32 PM
I think that Xavier is one of the most talented players on the tour. I wish he would dedicated himself 100% to tennis, but maybe he wouldn't be the same lovely laid back guy he is if he did that. But I will always enjoy watching him glide around the court. He is the Legolas of the tennis scene. :)

AntennA
12-27-2003, 09:33 AM
I think this is the year of truth for Xavier. When he began his carreer he was mentionned in the same sentence as top players like Safin, Hewitt and Federer. All of those has made it to the top, now it is for Xavier to do the same! He can do it, he has the abilities, he's training hard... if he also can work on the mental aspect, I expect a great year from the X-men!

by the way, apart from his short appearance at Wimbledon, 2003 wasn't such a terrible year for Xavier like everyone thinks he did...
- he made it to the 3rd round of the Australian open where he had to withdraw against Nalbandian,
- the 3rd round of Roland Garros he lost against Andre Agassi, the same happened in the quarter final at Queens.
- He reached the 4rd round at the US Open, where he was defeated by Andy Roddick. Not suprising; everyone knows Xavier is Andy Roddick's bagel boy. Roddick also defeated Xavier in the 1st round in Montreal and in the quarter final at Indianopolis.
- He won against Lleyton Hewitt at Cincinnati!

If he also could win one of these matches against Agassi, Roddick or Nalbandain it could give him a boost of self-confidence... And then I think he can go really far!

Good luck Xavier! :cool:

Aurora
12-27-2003, 10:22 AM
He is the Legolas of the tennis scene. :)

LOL you just made him better for me, I often get very annoyed by his attitude (very much in interviews). AntennA has some good points, but I'm not convinced he's really gonna make it and crawl high on the rankings. Hoping sure, but no, don't feel like it's gonna happen.

BelgianGirl
12-27-2003, 10:58 PM
I hope it will be! :p
He's soooo talented and could do so well if he would be more consistent. He didn't do very much spectacular this year, so he should be able to improve his ranking!
It's time he gets a bit more ambitious himself : he looks as if he's happy to be 'just' top50, but I think he should realize he can do a lot better than that...

Come on, Xavier!! I hope 2004 will (finally!) be your year! :banana: :kiss: :banana:

BelgianGirl
12-27-2003, 11:00 PM
Oh, and for the Belgians : tomorrow (sunday) they will show Xavier training in Florida in "Het Sportpaleis" on Canvas! :D

Allez-H˛
12-27-2003, 11:06 PM
Oh, and for the Belgians : tomorrow (sunday) they will show Xavier training in Florida in "Het Sportpaleis" on Canvas! :D
Great,thanks!!!
BTW :I really hope he'll do well too next year.If he keeps his head straight he just might be the next big thing ;)

BelgianGirl
12-28-2003, 07:31 PM
Weel, good to see Xavier is optimistic about next year : he said he first wants to get back to the top20, and then maybe towards the top10.
His coaches also still believe in his qualities and top10-talent. Their goal for next year is winning a title!

Xavier looked great and he seemed to be having fun!
He was really enthousiastic to start the new season very soon! :)
We'll have to wait and see at his first tournament to see if the 'reborn' Malisse is there... :p

Allez-H˛
12-28-2003, 07:47 PM
I missed it :sad:
I thought they were going to show it after the Justine-Noah match but I guess they showed it earlier.Is there any way we can watch it on the VRT-site or what.

Tingu
12-29-2003, 02:32 AM
I don't think he will be in the top ten

Ma. Estefania
12-29-2003, 02:45 AM
I quite like him, but I think that nope.

I agree with many people here, you know, that it's already time for him to shine, to make his breakthrough, but......seeing a few matches of him last year, I didn't see him at all with attitude of at least "trying" to improve.

I know it will be a new year, anything could happen, but I don't bet that much for him at least so far.....

Anyway all the best and luck for him, he's young yet, but has been around for some years already, and it's TIME, Xavier!

tripthemighty
12-29-2003, 07:24 AM
He really needs to focus on his mental strength. He lets himself become defeated before the match is over. If he could learn to think offensively, instead of resigning himself to losing, I think he would excel more. I've seen him play some excellent tennis, against top 10 and top 25 players, and win extraordinary points. But as soon as he begins to lose several points, he becomes defeated, and loses focus. And nine times out of ten, he ends up losing the match.

I'm noticing this more and more as a defining line between the top players and those who leave us wondering if 2004 will be there year. Anyone else notice this trend?

Ma. Estefania
12-29-2003, 04:12 PM
Yeap, you're right....

joske
12-29-2003, 04:22 PM
Although I like him and his game a lot, I don't think he'll ever make it to the top 10.. Don't wanna be a pessimist but that's the way it is IMO.. :o But he just might *not even sure about that either* enter the top 20 if he plays really REALLY good in 2004.. Go X-Man! All the best of luck for next year !!! :wavey:

AntennA
12-29-2003, 05:56 PM
Weel, good to see Xavier is optimistic about next year : he said he first wants to get back to the top20, and then maybe towards the top10.
His coaches also still believe in his qualities and top10-talent. Their goal for next year is winning a title!

Xavier looked great and he seemed to be having fun!
He was really enthousiastic to start the new season very soon! :)
We'll have to wait and see at his first tournament to see if the 'reborn' Malisse is there... :p

He also said that the time has come for him to grow up and to approach all tennis related things more seriously.
Well, that's the way I like him talking!!!
He was looking really confident!!! :D