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Who is the most wasted talent in last decade?

DerSpiegel
07-30-2009, 01:34 PM
Marat SAFIN ,David NALBANDIAN or Tommy HAAS :confused:

jonathancrane
07-30-2009, 01:39 PM
Spadea

Action Jackson
07-30-2009, 01:41 PM
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Burrow
07-30-2009, 01:44 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/EDDCB7CC753C49AAB0B6BB9BA77A170E.ashx?w=148&h=198

Pfloyd
07-30-2009, 01:48 PM
I agree with you, probably Nalbandian.

Gasquet is sadly heading that way, and Baghdatis too, although he is not as talented as the other 2.

ORGASMATRON
07-30-2009, 02:14 PM
Fatbandian

duong
07-30-2009, 02:17 PM
Nalby is the greatest technical talent,

but the physical is a very natural part of a person, and then of the "talent" :

if you consider that, Safin is the greatest talent of the three imo
... and also the most wasted.

~*BGT*~
07-30-2009, 02:33 PM
Federer
Nadal
Djokovic
Murray

Not funny anymore.

Mateya
07-30-2009, 04:49 PM
We have never had a thread like this, this is awesome :D
:zzz:

rocketassist
07-30-2009, 04:52 PM
Boggo, the Gooch and Crazy Dani.

Ichiban1920
07-30-2009, 04:56 PM
Mark Phillipousis, the way he dismantled Sampras at his peak during the 1996 AO was amazing.

MacTheKnife
07-30-2009, 05:16 PM
Let's see, which mug is it, decisions, decisions, so many to choose from:

http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/7803/35466171.jpg

Everko
07-30-2009, 05:50 PM
Mark Phillipousis, the way he dismantled Sampras at his peak during the 1996 AO was amazing.

Decade = 10 years. :rolleyes::o


My answer: you as a poster.

r2473
07-30-2009, 05:55 PM
Michael Jackson.

Goldenoldie
07-30-2009, 05:59 PM
Ancic. Not his fault he has been screwed by injury, but his undoubted talent has gone to waste.

sheva07
07-30-2009, 06:01 PM
Is this a serious question? Safin of course.
He could have been the GOAT if he was mentally strong.

HattonWBA
07-30-2009, 06:08 PM
Nalbandian and Gasquet, They are both so talented and unbelievable shot makers however have mental lapses too many times, but for sure both should be a lot better, although Gasquet has time to fulfil his talent, whereas time is running out for Nalbandian

Start da Game
07-30-2009, 07:14 PM
alexander popp.......

ChinoRios4Ever
07-30-2009, 08:36 PM
P. Capdeville

DrJules
07-30-2009, 08:36 PM
How long before this becomes a thread about Gasquet.

Burrow
07-30-2009, 08:46 PM
Decade = 10 years. :rolleyes::o


My answer: you as a poster.

Are you an idiot? He reached the Wimbledon final in 03. He didn't retire over a decade ago did he?

ORGASMATRON
07-30-2009, 09:02 PM
Rios by a 1000 miles. He should have won the career GS. He could play on all surfaces.

peRfect-Tennis
12-09-2012, 05:17 PM
Maybe Nalbandian, should have definitely won a slam with how well he hits the ball.

I just posted about wasted talents on my blog: http://www.perfect-tennis.co.uk/who-are-the-biggest-wasted-talents-in-tennis/

Wonder if Tomic will go the same way?

emotion
12-09-2012, 05:20 PM
Nalbandian/Safin are good, Malisse is up there, Davydenko should have won at least one Slam, FerVer, Baghdatis, Gasquet for both choking and fitness, and I know I will be disagreed with on this one, but I think Rochus is up there

Capdeville is actually not bad answer either

Noleta
12-09-2012, 05:21 PM
Fat Davis definitely:(

Safin,not sue he got the maximum out of his career,and Gasquet.

peRfect-Tennis
12-09-2012, 05:28 PM
Nalbandian/Safin are good, Malisse is up there, Davydenko should have won at least one Slam, FerVer, Baghdatis, Gasquet for both choking and fitness, and I know I will be disagreed with on this one, but I think Rochus is up there

Capdeville is actually not bad answer either

You reckon Kolya is a talent though? He's just a work horse I think. Did well to win the World Tour Finals in my opinion...

Nole Rules
12-09-2012, 06:06 PM
Nalby by bar. Safin is also an underachiever but he won 2 slams at least unlike Nalby. Gasquet was overrated as hell and wasn't that talented to begin with. I don't even know why some ppl mention him in this thread. He never had the game to win slams or to be a top 5 player unlike Safin and Nalby.

Nole Rules
12-09-2012, 06:10 PM
Gulbis is up there also. He is a true waste of talent. A player with his talent should be a top 10/15 player at the very least.

ProdigyEng
12-09-2012, 06:14 PM
Safin and Nalbandian. A case for Monfils could probably be made too, he was awesome in Juniors, and big things were predicted for him, but he flopped big time despite some great moments.

TBkeeper
12-09-2012, 06:16 PM
You reckon Kolya is a talent though? He's just a work horse I think. Did well to win the World Tour Finals in my opinion...

:spit: yea the first ever man to be a workhorse by getting the ball the earliest :spit: :rolleyes:

Saberq
12-09-2012, 07:20 PM
Federer only 17 Slams

GOATsol
12-09-2012, 07:22 PM
dull, he would have 100 slams if not for his knee :sad::bigcry:

BauerAlmeida
12-09-2012, 07:41 PM
Safin and Nalbandian.

mooncreek
12-09-2012, 07:51 PM
Nalbandian. At least Safin was able to win 2 while Nalbandian only got in a final once... and that was thanks to the most cupcake of draws you'll ever see. He had two golden chances to add to that tally - match point against Roddick at USO, two sets up on Baghdatis at AO - plus numerous other opportunities blown at the majors.

End da Game
12-09-2012, 08:03 PM
Safin for obvious reasons, and GOATro being denied the opportunity to win slams from 2010-now just when he was starting to play at GOAT-level in the end of 2009 demolishing federer and nadal at every tournament, such a shame

pusher for life
12-09-2012, 08:06 PM
Philippoussis, J.Johansson, Ancic, Safin, Nalbandian, Haas, Krajicek

asmazif
12-09-2012, 08:32 PM
Economidis.

ciprianned
12-09-2012, 08:38 PM
Gasquet

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Orka_n
12-09-2012, 08:59 PM
Safin. Nalbandian second. Sure, Nalby had even better hand-eye coordination than Safin but Safin had the whole package. Marat could have won 10+ slams. (That he didn't win more than 2 is in part due to poor work ethic, in part due to some swiss ballerina clown)

Mark Lenders
12-09-2012, 09:04 PM
I'd go with someone like Gulbis.

I understand people mentioning guys like Nalbandian and Safin but while they are underachievers they at least acheived something on a tennis court: Safin has 2 Slams and was #1, Nalby has a few deep runs, WTF title, Masters titles... Gulbis on the other hand is a ridiculously talented player who can beat anyone when focused and playing well but due to his attitude has pretty much achieved nothing on a tennis court.

There are of course even more cases of players not achieving as much as they should due to injury/illness, Ancic is the poster boy for that, but I'd hardly classify that as 'wasted talents', they just didn't have luck on their side.

Sham Kay
12-09-2012, 09:17 PM
I've been lead to believe Gasquet was a wasted talent the moment he posed for a magazine as a kid.. I'm not prepared to argue with what I've been lead to believe. Not this time..

flexeter
12-09-2012, 09:33 PM
alexander popp.......

i literally bursted out laughing :haha:

Edda
12-10-2012, 12:13 AM
Juan Carlos Ferrero-not wasted talent for sure, but injury and illness severely impacted his career.

Certinfy
12-10-2012, 12:20 AM
Berdych.

Technically has hardly 'improved' his game since 2004, just has adapted it better to current conditions. :facepalm:

MinioNole
12-10-2012, 04:15 AM
Richie!! :(

Freak3yman84
12-10-2012, 04:32 AM
Warlocq, the man has all the talent in the world but is so generous :(

asmazif
12-10-2012, 09:06 AM
i literally bursted out laughing :haha:

Popp was a legend though :lol: one of his QF runs just about squeezes into the last decade.

tyruk14
12-10-2012, 10:16 AM
Judy Murray.

Johnbert
12-10-2012, 10:22 AM
Warlocq, the man has all the talent in the world but is so generous :(

http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/006/216/7nTnr.png

EliSter
12-10-2012, 10:22 AM
Niether Safan nor Nalbandian for sure, their talent is overrated in this forum. They just werent good enough to win more slams or atleast one. I might say Gulbis.

Nathaliia
12-10-2012, 11:13 AM
i think safin had the talent and he was getting wasted quite often

asmazif
12-10-2012, 11:42 AM
i think safin had the talent and he was getting wasted quite often

yeh, if we're going on that basis, Zovko's definitely up there.

nole_no1
12-10-2012, 12:21 PM
Davydenko, Gasquet and Haas

Time Violation
12-10-2012, 12:38 PM
Gulbis for sure, the way he can play yet losing to average future level players is mind-boggling. Monfils is up there too, though he was in top 10, he has awsome physical abilities, yet seems on verge of retiring from tennis.

RafaelNadalisGod
12-10-2012, 12:51 PM
1. Marat Safin
2. David Nalbandian

Both could beat prime Fed on Hard

abraxas21
12-10-2012, 01:52 PM
federer would be standing on 30+ slams if he hadn't mugged up his career by having kids and playing exhos with nadal

madmax
12-10-2012, 01:53 PM
Chris "Gooch" Guccione
Safin comes close econd

samanosuke
12-10-2012, 01:58 PM
Fed ofc. Without Slaverer inside of him he would have 20+ slams

Trollicki
12-10-2012, 02:11 PM
Tomic will leave everybody from the last decade in the dust. He´s probably already wasted fairly often.

samanosuke
12-10-2012, 02:13 PM
Tomic will leave everybody from the last decade in the dust. He´s probably already wasted fairly often.

how can you waste something what doesn't exist ?

Trollicki
12-10-2012, 02:26 PM
I´m pretty sure his liver exists.

samanosuke
12-10-2012, 02:40 PM
:lol:

fluffyyelloballz
12-10-2012, 06:26 PM
Gasquet

Orange Wombat
12-10-2012, 07:06 PM
Nalbadian is so ovverated in terms of talent. Even Djokovic hits every shot as good as him :shrug:

Saberq
12-10-2012, 07:50 PM
Nalbadian is so ovverated in terms of talent. Even Djokovic hits every shot as good as him :shrug:

yeah even that mug

emotion
12-10-2012, 08:13 PM
Djokovic and Nalbandian have similar strengths. But imo Djokovic is only 5-10% better at backhand, return. I think Nalby is a bit better serving and a much better volleyer. Overall, I'd say Djokovic is more talented, but not by THAT much

stewietennis
12-10-2012, 08:49 PM
Tommy Haas. Not exactly "wasted" talent and more like unrealised potential – with injuries and family misfortune.

Saberq
12-10-2012, 10:06 PM
Djokovic and Nalbandian have similar strengths. But imo Djokovic is only 5-10% better at backhand, return. I think Nalby is a bit better serving and a much better volleyer. Overall, I'd say Djokovic is more talented, but not by THAT much

Djokovic is much better at return

BauerAlmeida
12-10-2012, 10:08 PM
Djokovic is much better at return

Not MUCH.

And Nalbandian has a better backhand.

EDIT: Nalbandian's return: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cH93_M37ho

rocketassist
12-10-2012, 10:11 PM
Djokovic is the better/greater player by a long, long way but talent doesn't always equal results. Is Nadal more talented than McEnroe or Edberg? Nalbandian and Safin are the two most talented players of the 2000s besides Fed.

And the answer is Nalbandian because he should have won at least 1 slam with the tennis gifts he was bestowed. Safin was on an equal level in terms of ballstriking technique but he at least got the number one spot and 2 slam wins.

Mountaindewslave
12-10-2012, 10:13 PM
Marat Safin for sure, hell he might even be the most talented player OVERALL in the last decade. imagine if Safin had the mindset and calm brain sense that Federer has, he would be unstoppable.

BauerAlmeida
12-10-2012, 10:20 PM
Djokovic is the better/greater player by a long, long way but talent doesn't always equal results. Is Nadal more talented than McEnroe or Edberg? Nalbandian and Safin are the two most talented players of the 2000s besides Fed.

And the answer is Nalbandian because he should have won at least 1 slam with the tennis gifts he was bestowed. Safin was on an equal level in terms of ballstriking technique but he at least got the number one spot and 2 slam wins.

Marat Safin for sure, hell he might even be the most talented player OVERALL in the last decade. imagine if Safin had the mindset and calm brain sense that Federer has, he would be unstoppable.

This.

atennisfan
12-10-2012, 10:39 PM
Marat Safin did not really "waste" his talent.
Nalbandian to a certain degree has, and so is Gulbis.

Mountaindewslave
12-11-2012, 01:45 AM
Marat Safin did not really "waste" his talent.
Nalbandian to a certain degree has, and so is Gulbis.

I agree, Gulbis would be a great candidate. If he had a little more success he would remind me of Safin in a way, huge power game

Alex999
12-11-2012, 03:33 AM
Davydenko, Gulbis, Nalbandian, Safin to a certain extent come to my mind.

Punky
12-11-2012, 04:22 AM
Safin and Nalbandian.

Not so much safin bc he win a slam so the moment u have at least one, u earnd ur place in tennis history book and safin has 2 so I can't see him fit in here but nalby yes, totally waste of talent...

And haas!!!

rocketassist
12-11-2012, 02:18 PM
Haas had a lot of injury problems, people often overlook that.

BauerAlmeida
12-11-2012, 02:39 PM
Haas had a lot of injury problems, people often overlook that.


Safin too. He was practically done by the time he was 25 (AO 2005 was his last win).

Pirata.
12-12-2012, 01:39 AM
Verdasco

emotion
12-12-2012, 01:40 AM
It's hard to judge how much talent Haas choked away because he's also had health issues

beotiger
12-12-2012, 02:20 AM
Gulbis- currently outside of the top 100.

heya
12-12-2012, 02:23 AM
The Haas injured his foot for months....'cause he stepped on a tennis ball and wasted the French Open opportunity vs. Luckerer.

jo-ana
12-12-2012, 09:36 AM
Marat :(

Federer&Hingis
12-12-2012, 03:40 PM
Paradorn Srichaphan :o

Dr. Albans
12-12-2012, 03:43 PM
Verdasco:smash:

jrm
12-12-2012, 03:51 PM
Nicolas Kiefer is also very high in the list :sad:

fran70
12-15-2012, 12:42 AM
Miloslav Mecir, Marcelo Rios, David Nalbandian, Tommy Haas.

End da Game
12-15-2012, 12:54 AM
safin should realistically be on at least 10 slams if he bothered

BauerAlmeida
12-15-2012, 02:41 AM
safin should realistically be on at least 10 slams if he bothered

It wasn't just that he wasn't professional enough. He really suffered with injuries too. After 2005 he wasn't a factor anymore due to injuries ruining his body. And he was only 25 then.

Mark Lenders
12-15-2012, 02:44 AM
Well, at least three. The AO 2002 final vs Johansson was lost in comical fashion to say the least :lol:

TigerTim
12-15-2012, 03:00 AM
Well, at least three. The AO 2002 final vs Johansson was lost in comical fashion to say the least :lol:

That was a horror show. He just didn't bother :lol:

Ancic is the one I always liked, I assume injuries forced retirement.

rocketassist
12-15-2012, 03:01 AM
Joachim Johansson could have been a real contender if it wasn't for his shoulder. Not only could the guy serve almost as well as an Isner, but his groundies were miles, miles better.