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What Has Almagro Done?

SixPack
05-09-2007, 01:29 AM
I looked at his bio and he has done NOTHING in the Grand Slams.

Australian Open - Never been out of the first round

French Open - Never been out of the second round.

Wimbledon - Never been out of the first round.

US Open - Never been out of the second round.

I thought this guy was a clay court specialist. James Blake is better than this guy on clay, Blake beat him in 4 sets last year at the French. Sure he won the clay court title in Valencia this year but who did he face? Jan Hajek, Alessio Di Mauro, Filippo Volandri, Santiago Ventura and Potito Starace. This guy is overrated and what boggles my mind is that he is has the fifth best odds to win the French Open this year behind Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Canas. Atleast they got it more right this time than last year where Almagro has rated third behind Nadal and Federer to win the French. Almagro will lose either in the first or second round again at the French Open.

RickDaStick
05-09-2007, 01:32 AM
I looked at his bio and he has done NOTHING in the Grand Slams.

Australian Open - Never been out of the first round

French Open - Never been out of the second round.

Wimbledon - Never been out of the first round.

US Open - Never been out of the second round.

I thought this guy was a clay court specialist. James Blake is better than this guy on clay, Blake beat him in 4 sets last year at the French. Sure he won the clay court title in Valencia this year but who did he face? Jan Hajek, Alessio Di Mauro, Filippo Volandri, Santiago Ventura and Potito Starace. This guy is overrated and what boggles my mind is that he is has the fifth best odds to win the French Open this year behind Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Canas. Atleast they got it more right this time than last year where Almagro has rated third behind Nadal and Federer to win the French. Almagro will lose either in the first or second round again at the French Open.


So just because Blake beat him once makes him the better player on clay?

Horatio Caine
05-09-2007, 01:34 AM
So just because Blake beat him once makes him the better player on clay?

Check his 11 post history...I think :retard: sums him up quite well :haha:

SixPack
05-09-2007, 01:35 AM
No, I'm asking what he has done on the court that makes him a good clay courter.

Horatio Caine
05-09-2007, 01:37 AM
No, I'm asking what he has done on the court that makes him a good clay courter.

Win?








He is overrated...but he is top 15 in the claycourters list right now imo.

sodman12
05-09-2007, 01:40 AM
Watch the match he played with Roger last year in the semis or maybe it was quarter in rome. A really tight 3 set match. He has game everyone knows that. that why fed. was worried that he drew him first.

SixPack
05-09-2007, 01:42 AM
I understand he has the game but if he loses in the second round again or even the first round in the French, is that considered a disappointment?

Horatio Caine
05-09-2007, 01:43 AM
Watch the match he played with Roger last year in the semis or maybe it was quarter in rome. A really tight 3 set match. He has game everyone knows that. that why fed. was worried that he drew him first.

He has game, yes. But Fed was never going to lose...to beat him you need to be very consistent, and Almagro is anything but that. Lack of consistency may also be what holds Almagro back from a real breakthrough.

Byrd
05-09-2007, 01:45 AM
He's a bit overrated on clay, but when hes on (majority of the time he isn't) he can give any player a hard time sans Rome 2006 against Fed. It usually takes a decent player to knock him out of a claycourt tournament, so far in 2007 Berdych and Fed are the ones to beat him on the dirt, both good claycourters.

Horatio Caine
05-09-2007, 01:57 AM
It usually takes a decent player to knock him out of a claycourt tournament, so far in 2007 Berdych and Fed are the ones to beat him on the dirt, both good claycourters.

Saretta, Monaco, Moya and Volandri also.

Berdych won on retirement

sodman12
05-09-2007, 01:57 AM
He has game, yes. But Fed was never going to lose...to beat him you need to be very consistent, and Almagro is anything but that. Lack of consistency may also be what holds Almagro back from a real breakthrough.

Yes but People who are good but lack consistency are the people who worry the top pros since if they get hot they can take them out.

Horatio Caine
05-09-2007, 02:00 AM
Yes but People who are good but lack consistency are the people who worry the top pros since if they get hot they can take them out.

I thought we were talking about Federer? He can beat anyone else in the world on clay apart from Federer and Nadal...maybe Canas. To beat those 2 (or 3), he will need to be more consistent, or they will have to have a shocker day.

The problem with him is that he just goes off the boil virtually every set. You can't do that against the very best.

Jimnik
05-09-2007, 02:00 AM
His development seems to have stalled. He was a better more consistent player last year but this year seems to be a bit of a blip. I still expect him to have some very good years ahead of him. So many times we've seen players peak when we least expected them to and I think it will be the same with Almagro, maybe in a few years time.

Byrd
05-09-2007, 02:02 AM
Saretta, Monaco, Moya and Volandri also.

Berdych won on retirement

South American swing doesn't count :p

Horatio Caine
05-09-2007, 02:04 AM
South American swing doesn't count :p

:lol:

Don't be so kind to him :p

Byrd
05-09-2007, 02:05 AM
His development seems to have stalled. He was a better more consistent player last year but this year seems to be a bit of a blip. I still expect him to have some very good years ahead of him. So many times we've seen players peak when we least expected them to and I think it will be the same with Almagro, maybe in a few years time.

Yea he was playing much better last year compared to this year, rings a bell with Chelsea eh??

Man Utd Premiership Champions :wavey:

Lucinda
05-09-2007, 02:46 AM
I can't judge the guy on his exit rounds unless I know who he lost to. We can say he went out in the 2nd round of Rome, but whether that defeat was to Mardy Fish or to Federer is the information that matters.

scarecrows
05-09-2007, 07:58 AM
South American swing doesn't count :p

Barcelona isnt in South America :p

Clara Bow
05-09-2007, 08:23 AM
Well- as one of the few folks here from an English speaking nation that actually likes clay court tennis I can say:

He has an innate talent that has not yet been realized- at least imo. Wonderful backhand, and incredible serve and decent forehand. He has a good game that if he could realize could do wonders on clay and perhaps on other surfaces- with that serve and aggresiveness, could do stuff at least on slow hard. He is pretty aggressive. To me- he has the goods- just not the head. I hope he gets the mentality someday because he is to me very fun to watch when he is on.

I am one of those annoying folks who will say " he has the talent to be top 15" or whathaveyou. I love watching him play when he is in the zone- which is not often.

Kolya
05-09-2007, 08:30 AM
He's good on clay but not great.