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Most Improved Player of 2010?

n8
11-01-2010, 05:55 AM
The player who reached a significantly higher ranking by year's end and who demonstrated an increasingly improved level of performance through the year. Note that players that are not clearly having their career best year are generally not considered for this award. For example Mardy Fish has gone from #55 to #18 this year but his career high of #17 was achieved in 2004.

ATP Nominees (Ranking 31/12/2009 and 11/10/2010)
Tomas Berdych (20/7) - Improved career high to 6 (Oct) from 9 (Aug 07)
Andrey Golubev (133/33) - Improved career high to 33 (Oct) from 56 (Aug 09)
Ernests Gulbis (90/26) - Improved career high to 24 (Oct) from 38 (Aug 08)
Jurgen Melzer (28/12) - Improved career high to 12 (Oct) from 26 (May 09)

My Nominee
Yen-Hsun Lu (98/34) - Improved career high to 33 (Nov) from 55 (Apr 09)

Who do you think? Ranking change alone does not tell the whole story, for example who they beat in which events and their career high should also be given weight.

Hugh Jaas
11-01-2010, 06:08 AM
Daniel Brands

Paylu2007
11-01-2010, 06:16 AM
Daniel Brands

only because he is so hot and u want to tap that ass?? :devil:

bleu_cheese
11-01-2010, 06:21 AM
Berdych and Gulbis have dropped off a cliff in terms of form, so it's hard to say that the rankings reflect their improvement at the moment. Perhaps Dimitrov would qualify.

NyGeL
11-01-2010, 10:39 AM
Berdych and Gulbis didn't improved, they just had a moment.

Melzer and Golubev made their best season.

leng jai
11-01-2010, 10:39 AM
Jurgen Melzer.

Montego
11-01-2010, 12:07 PM
I would nominate Dolgopolov. From #131 to #49 and to be honest - it was quite unexpected (at least for me). I was expecting him to stick on a challenger tour for some time, but he reached:

- 3rd round of a slam
- ATP SF
- 3 ATP QF
- 3rd round of a '1000'
- defeated many higher ranked players (Youzhny, Almagro, Baghdatis, Montanes, played a competitive match against Nadal on clay)

I wasn't expecting that at the same time last year....

el_genio
11-01-2010, 12:28 PM
Golubev for me. Melzer has always been a great player, he is just more mentally stable. Most notable improvements in Golubev however.

guichard
11-01-2010, 12:51 PM
Berdych doesn't belong in this list in my opinion. He already had a career high of #9 three years ago and #10 four years ago . This is more a good player switching from cold to hot or hot to cold.

Orka_n
11-01-2010, 12:58 PM
Golubev has pulled off a few spectacular wins but he's still very inconsistent.

Gotta go with Melzer.

Helevorn
11-01-2010, 01:27 PM
I would nominate Dolgopolov. From #131 to #49 and to be honest - it was quite unexpected (at least for me). I was expecting him to stick on a challenger tour for some time, but he reached:

- 3rd round of a slam
- ATP SF
- 3 ATP QF
- 3rd round of a '1000'
- defeated many higher ranked players (Youzhny, Almagro, Baghdatis, Montanes, played a competitive match against Nadal on clay)

I wasn't expecting that at the same time last year....

:worship:

in this list however I would say Golubev, he reached some massive achievements this year

loopback
11-01-2010, 02:01 PM
Melzer

OnyxRose
11-01-2010, 02:19 PM
Has to be Melzer.

Acer
11-01-2010, 02:31 PM
Dolgopolov

Certinfy
11-01-2010, 02:32 PM
Berdych hasn't really improved that much, it's just minor things needed to be tweaked for great effect.

I'll go with Melzer.

misty1
11-01-2010, 02:35 PM
its a battle for me between gulbis and melzer but i have to go with melzer

Tom Paulman
11-01-2010, 06:46 PM
Dimitrov, Melzer, Dolgopolov, Stakhovsky. Llodra has also improved a lot, he went from #136 to #28 within 12 months.

Lu's ranking is mostly based on Wimbledon QF, apart from that he hasn't done anything spectacular.

Puschkin
11-01-2010, 06:53 PM
I would nominate Dolgopolov. From #131 to #49...

I second that! From those on the list, I'd go with Jürgen.

n8
11-02-2010, 12:43 AM
Dolgopolov

I would like to put him in the list, but the ATP classes him as a Newcomer (see Newcomer thread (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=171744)) this year. Nominees for the most improved generally have quite a few ATP wins before the year started (Dolgopolov was only 1-5 at Tour level before 2010).

out_here_grindin
11-02-2010, 02:15 AM
How about Kazahkstan as a whole

Topspindoctor
11-02-2010, 02:16 AM
Berdych for me. Reached RG SF and Wimbledon F. Pretty good year, even if he's been clowning after that.

HKz
11-02-2010, 02:21 AM
For sure Melzer. Yes, Berdych did have great results, but he was always able to play like that, so really it wans't a surprise. He only improved mentally.

As for Melzer, yes he was pretty much in the same boat being a mental nutcase in tight matches, but I think his game really has improved.

«Ivan»
11-02-2010, 02:41 AM
dolgopolov

Xristos
11-02-2010, 06:32 AM
Isner.

Ivanatis
11-02-2010, 06:35 AM
out of those in the poll probably Berdych, can't go against him reaching a GS final and a semi
but my first choice is Nadal

Audacity
11-02-2010, 07:05 AM
Melzer has really stepped his game up to another level with consistent performances.