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New kids on the block

Nr 1 Fan
01-23-2011, 12:18 PM
Tomic, Dimitrov, Berankis, Dolgopolov, Raonic, Paire,... and I think I'm still forgetting some.

A lot of young, upcoming guys doing well or at least showing themselves on the big stage here at the AO.

I think it's great to have new generation coming up.

Who do you guys think can go all the way (top 10 maybe?) in the future?

romismak
01-23-2011, 12:38 PM
You forgot Nishikori- who was in 2008 ,, new kid,, then he injured and was 2 years silent, but now he is getting back. So we can count him to the rest as a NEW GUY . I would also give here De Bakker- he played last year some good matches but he is still young and have potential. Yes Del Potro and Cilic are also young- but they have achieved something yet- so we can count them to the BIG GUYS already.
about top 10 is hard to say but i think:
Tomic- great player- big future- but i think it is not good for him that alredy whole Australia is talking about him and making superstar from him. Let wait what he can do.
Dimitrov- The same - his couch said he is better than Federer in his age and everyone is talking about him, just wait thant talk- the same like Tomic he has big future but he must go step by step.
Berankis- great player too.
Dolgpolov and De Bakker- both are in top 50 already and in 2010 have made name for themselves. Dolgopolov is really playing interresting style and i hope he will go to top 20 as soon as possible, De Bakker great serve but he must became mentally stronger- what he did against Monfils was really scary- he should beat him 3:0...
Raonic- became my favouritte player in last days. I watched all of his matches in Melbourne- this guy maybe wasnt the famous from this group of youngsters but he has the best serve of this group- and i think the same chances for big future like the rest- his serve is on the same level like Isner- who is 20th was 18th in the world, but he is quicker, younger overall better- so if John made to top 20 , Raonic should make top 10 not this year, next year but i think he will someday.
Paire- I don´t know much about him and watched just one his match so i can´t say much to him
Nishikori- in 2008 even Nadal was talking how great player so i hope after injuries and 2 silent years- 2009-2010 finally 2011 will be his year and he will fulfill his potential.

yuri27
01-23-2011, 12:53 PM
Tomic, Dimitrov, Berankis, Dolgopolov, Raonic, Paire,... and I think I'm still forgetting some.

A lot of young, upcoming guys doing well or at least showing themselves on the big stage here at the AO.

I think it's great to have new generation coming up.

Who do you guys think can go all the way (top 10 maybe?) in the future?

Wait,this one is french,right??,
Then you can automaticly exclude him from that list.

theKSHE
01-23-2011, 12:56 PM
You could also include Harrison.

Blackbriar
01-23-2011, 02:29 PM
Nadal shouldn't worry about these guys, he will still dump them when he will be 30. If won of them wins 2 slams it's a miracle.

TennisOnWood
01-23-2011, 02:50 PM
Marin Cilic took last ATP title for teenagers.. we will wait a lot more to find another one

Last teenager to finish season in Top 100 was Nishikori in 2008.. Grigor will be 20 in few months time and don't think any other can be in that group at the end of 2011,for the 3rd str8 year

sennoc
01-23-2011, 05:57 PM
Tomic, Dimitrov, Berankis, Dolgopolov, Raonic, Paire, Nishikori... which one of them knows how to volley?

DanaKz
01-23-2011, 06:55 PM
Six months ago we worried why no teens in Top-100 and now we end with putting 22 yo into "young guns" group. :rolleyes:

They are all of different generations, I want to say :

1. Del Potro, Cilic, Dolgopolov, De Bakker, Nishikori - 22-21

2. Berankis, Raonic, Dimitrov - 19-20

3. Tomic, Harrison - 18

At least we can unite 2 and 3 group, but boys from 1st group is completely different story, they are hitting road for 4-5 years on regular basis.

Iván
01-23-2011, 06:56 PM
dont forget del bonis, he is comming.

DanaKz
01-23-2011, 06:59 PM
By the way what happened to Krajinovic? He withdrew from next week challey too.

Yves.
01-23-2011, 07:38 PM
Do you mean these New kids on the block?

http://www.google.nl/imgres?imgurl=http://www.brabantsdagblad.nl/multimedia/archive/01438/new_kids_1438870b.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.brabantsdagblad.nl/regios/meierij/6912908/Opnames-film-New-Kids-gestart-in-Maaskantje.ece&usg=__D91Z_HmlSDwjtsdCwY2CFJWbn00=&h=468&w=309&sz=35&hl=nl&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=GxlkhQteBZRwVM:&tbnh=134&tbnw=93&ei=YoM8TcPsIdWV4galj7H8CQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dnew%2Bkids%2Bmaaskantje%26um%3D1%26hl %3Dnl%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D1440%26bih%3D738%26tbs%3Disch: 1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=124&vpy=214&dur=3056&hovh=276&hovw=182&tx=158&ty=161&oei=YoM8TcPsIdWV4galj7H8CQ&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0

green25814
01-23-2011, 07:42 PM
Dolgopolov is the best of the bunch. Next Davydenko.

Roger the Dodger
01-23-2011, 08:08 PM
I'd include Goffin in the mix.

Tipster13
01-23-2011, 09:08 PM
dont forget del bonis, he is comming.

On fast surfaces he is nothing.

betowiec
01-23-2011, 10:48 PM
Dolgopolov is the best of the bunch. Next Davydenko.
that's what i was thinking the other day (imo he has a chance to be more successful than fixidenko)

LocoPorElTenis
01-24-2011, 10:07 AM
Dolgopolov is he last one standing but he's also the oldest and highest ranked. Raonic was the biggest surprise, but Berankis and Tomic also had some good performances. Who has personally impressed you the most? Vote, discuss and explain your choice.

:wavey:

tests
01-24-2011, 10:18 AM
tomic and dologopov. Both have pretty good games. Not typical ball bashing .

Chris Seahorse
01-24-2011, 10:32 AM
I like Dolgolopov's slice so he gets my vote. ;)

Pirata.
01-24-2011, 10:37 AM
Dolgolopov and Raonic, but Dolgolopov most.

FlameOn
01-24-2011, 10:40 AM
Haase's first two sets of tennis VS Roddick impressed me most. :drool: If only he wasn't injured during the match.

Kolya
01-24-2011, 10:41 AM
Dolgo.

I thought he was more inconsistent after watching him before the AO but has a pretty cool style.

Raonic was awful against Ferrer though today.

Start da Game
01-24-2011, 10:49 AM
rod laver.......

oranges
01-24-2011, 10:50 AM
This AO, Dolgo. In general, Haase and Berankis each in his own way

Start da Game
01-24-2011, 10:56 AM
looks like dolgopolov tards cannot even spell his name.......it's not dolgolopov, it's dolgopolov.......

swisht4u
01-24-2011, 11:11 AM
Dolgo of course.

Shirogane
01-24-2011, 11:14 AM
Raonic

Infinity
01-24-2011, 12:10 PM
Dolgopolov. He beat two solid hard court players.

Langers
01-24-2011, 12:31 PM
Berankis absolutely sucked against Ferrer, as in totally awful, so I can't vote for him.

The rest are worthy of consideration.

finishingmove
01-24-2011, 12:40 PM
dolgolopov (lopov = thief)

TheRafaelNadal
01-24-2011, 12:56 PM
Nadal

Elaka Farmor
01-24-2011, 01:01 PM
Raonic...he will be a force soon.........

LocoPorElTenis
01-24-2011, 08:13 PM
I'm afraid Tomic is the most promising of all, though I like him the least.
I liked Raonic quite a bit.

osmonde
01-24-2011, 08:32 PM
I'd say Raonic because he turned 20 only a month ago and was 152 in ranking compare to Dolgopolov 22yo and already 46th in ranking.
Coming from Qualies and beating in 2nd round Lopez and then Youzhny was a great achievement for this young kid.
On his 7th match, his serves let him down a bit against Ferrer, but he will do fine soon because he will have access to more tourneys on tour.

abraxas21
01-24-2011, 08:37 PM
tomic, raonic, dolgo, berankis. in that order

Kiedis
01-24-2011, 08:43 PM
Nadal

One Fedtard troll more :mad:

Blackbriar
01-24-2011, 08:46 PM
Dolgopolov will be 23 this year. Hardly a young gun to me.

Raonic looks promising, but so did Bellucci, Gulbis, Cilic....

Dimitrov, Tomic, Berankis, Raonic : much hype, few result so far. All combined these guys didn't make a single final, this is quite weak for would-be future n°1.

Kiedis
01-24-2011, 08:47 PM
Tomic. He is 4 years old younger than Dolgolopov

Everko
01-24-2011, 08:48 PM
Tomic is just a worse version of Murray. And Murray is already greatly overrated

Nr 1 Fan
01-24-2011, 08:52 PM
Do you mean these New kids on the block?

http://www.google.nl/imgres?imgurl=http://www.brabantsdagblad.nl/multimedia/archive/01438/new_kids_1438870b.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.brabantsdagblad.nl/regios/meierij/6912908/Opnames-film-New-Kids-gestart-in-Maaskantje.ece&usg=__D91Z_HmlSDwjtsdCwY2CFJWbn00=&h=468&w=309&sz=35&hl=nl&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=GxlkhQteBZRwVM:&tbnh=134&tbnw=93&ei=YoM8TcPsIdWV4galj7H8CQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dnew%2Bkids%2Bmaaskantje%26um%3D1%26hl %3Dnl%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26biw%3D1440%26bih%3D738%26tbs%3Disch: 1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=124&vpy=214&dur=3056&hovh=276&hovw=182&tx=158&ty=161&oei=YoM8TcPsIdWV4galj7H8CQ&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0

:D Yeah, I know them, hope they don't enter the ATP-circuit, though ;)

Wait,this one is french,right??,

Then you can automaticly exclude him from that list.

I saw him play against Rochus in RG and I was quite impressed with the power of his strokes and the touch on his dropshots.
Still way to uniterested though.

nelabai
01-24-2011, 08:55 PM
As much I hate Tomic, he impressed me a lot. None of these other young guys had game this solid at the age of 18. Raonic And Berankis, only their first steps on elite stage, can't wait to see them more this year. Dolgo is the man, at the age of 22 it's about time to show off that super talent that he possess.

Time Violation
01-24-2011, 08:58 PM
Dolgopolov will be 23 this year. Hardly a young gun to me.


Yea, just a year and a half younger than Novak or Murray :) I'd say Tomic and Raonic.

allpro
01-24-2011, 09:00 PM
raonic by a country mile. 120-130 mph 2nd serve cannons and his insistence on going for lines and not playing it safe speaks well of him. of all the breakouts, none have been so consistently and relentlessly fearless as the baby-faced assassin.

Iván
01-24-2011, 09:00 PM
yes i agree, the time has come for dolgopolov, his game is varied, best drop shot in the game by a mile, effective serve, solid backhand, firey forehand, mentally has impressed me too.

has that swagger about him, juggling his racketa and oozes confindence.

the next 6 years are gonna be huge for olek.

Mistaflava
01-24-2011, 09:05 PM
It's hard to tell for a few reasons. Only Dolgopolov has ever been named the next great thing out of these guys and he had to handle the pressure of that tag at this event. He lived up to it.

Now only time will tell for guys like Raonic and Tomic who will be expected to perform like this at every single event they play in from here on in. The tennis world knows them now. So their next few events will tell how good they really are and are going to be.

Elbarto
01-24-2011, 09:09 PM
Dolgo of course. Brillant game, wonderfull to watch

then Raonic with his compact game, big serve, excellent body language ( no emotions, he is like a robot machine ), he reminds me a bit Ivan Lendl for the lack of emotion and the robotic game very efficient

born_on_clay
01-24-2011, 09:57 PM
It's Dolgopolov not Dolgolopov :o

Elbarto
01-24-2011, 10:07 PM
he might change his name to "Dolgo", much easier to remember

djb84xi
01-24-2011, 10:30 PM
Raonic really impressed me. I saw him against Ferrer, and he has a hell of a 1st and 2nd serve and he's only 20. Not to mention, he's got a nice game. Kinda reminds me of Del Potro, because he's got such a nasty serve and he can tear the cover off the ball. He's still got some issues to work out, but I like the potential he has. Hopefully in a year or two, Milos will be able to make his push towards the top.

propi
01-24-2011, 10:40 PM
Dolgo and please, do not forget about Nishikori :yeah:
I guess the age of golden teens is over after Rafa :(

rafaholic
01-24-2011, 10:55 PM
looks like dolgopolov tards cannot even spell his name.......it's not dolgolopov, it's dolgopolov.......

hahahahahhaha :worship: :worship: :worship:

FormerRafaFan
01-24-2011, 11:12 PM
Raonic:worship: without a doubt.

I would have voted Dolgopolov, but he didn't really "impress" me, because I've known how good he is for a while now. Raonic really showed what he could do, and he came more out of the blue imo.

FormerRafaFan
01-24-2011, 11:13 PM
Dolgo and please, do not forget about Nishikori :yeah:
I guess the age of golden teens is over after Rafa :(

But Nishikori is not really a newcomer though:shrug: he's been on the scene for a couple of years now..

GugaF1
01-25-2011, 12:12 AM
Dolgopolov will be 23 this year. Hardly a young gun to me.

Raonic looks promising, but so did Bellucci, Gulbis, Cilic....

Dimitrov, Tomic, Berankis, Raonic : much hype, few result so far. All combined these guys didn't make a single final, this is quite weak for would-be future n°1.

A little bit picky aren`t we? All of these guys showed serious potential. This Australian open has been by far on of the latest young boom tournament of the last few years.

22 years old sounds about right to come of age as a player. Is not because a player doesn`t hit big by 20, he will not be great. Federer wasn`t in the top 10 until 21 or so. And went on to win a slam by 23. And great doesn`t mean n.1 in the World. Being in the top 10 is pretty good to me. And all of these players should good potential to that. While I agree that great players usually arrive early and decisevely, saying 22 is not young anymore to arrive as a top player, is kind of strange.

Is about time too. Rather than once in a while to have a larger in stream of really great players. Some of these forever young potential guns that we have seen for a while such as Gasquet, Gublis, Cilic, Monfils, Tsonga....not saying they are not great players, but their potential has been pretty defined already. And they are not really treatning.

Montego
01-25-2011, 12:14 AM
From young guns it must be Arnaud Clement

losing from two sets up against Seppi is impressive.

mrclyde
01-25-2011, 05:40 PM
Tomic, Raonic, Dolgopolov, Dimitrov, Berankis in that order. Raonic's game is more serve and volley but has good winners also. I don't like Tomic's game, but he's really effective and Nadal was very nervous in the 1st 2 sets. I like Harrison's game too.

Arkulari
01-26-2011, 09:06 AM
The Australian Open is almost done and the usual suspects are fighting for the title, but I think it was refreshing to see the progress in the upcomers, some are really young, others are older but finally progressing in their game, the tour is getting older and older with the years and it's rare to see a teenager in the top 100 due to the physical demands of the game.

Dolgopolov: the one who got the farthest and the oldest of the "newcomers", he has a very unorthodox technique of playing, specially in the FH side and takes huge risks, proven himself beating Tsonga and Soderling back to back; not ready yet for the big leagues (again, who is apart from the big 4?)

Biggest surprise of the AO by far, it's always nice to watch a guy that is different.

Raonic: 90's way of playing, I think he looks a lot like Philippoussis in the way he plays, his serve is great and he is very confident on it, specially hitting second serve aces. He can improve his baseline game and learn more strategy, shouldn't rush as much in some points. Excellent result for him knowing he came from the Q, I can't wait to watch him play in faster courts.

Tomic:apart from his Chris-Crocker-like dad's rant about leaving the guy alone, he had a good tournament, pushed Rafa in their match but you can see he still needs to develop better stamina and mental toughness. I don't see anything special in his game, he's solid but cannot compete with ATP-level guys week in and week out just yet, thankfully he's very young and still has a way to go.

Dimitrov: Baby Fed #13535151515145641, had the best of ideas at playing challengers, his game has grown from it, all those WC for tournaments weren't doing him any favours. The comparison with Roger comes for the way he hits FH and BH but his game is not exactly like the Swiss', the footwork is quite different (Grisha isn't as smooth moving as Roger) and the serve still needs some more power and placements. He lost to Stan who played his best AO yet, so it was all good for the young Bulgarian.

Berankis: another young promise, but his main issue is definitely height, a 5'9 guy has it hard coming out in the actual tour, he created some hype when he beat a barely-there Nalbandian but had a tough draw and lost badly to Pics, I think he could model himself after the Spaniard, he can't create power to hit people off the court and doesn't have the finesse necessary to play S&V, so he needs to become a force from the baseline, work on his fitness, stamina and mental strength.

My personal faves are Dolgo and Milos because they are quite different from the actual players and it's always nice to see a change.

Thoughts on them? who's getting farther? who's getting behind? is this the post-Fedal generation we're waiting for?

DanaKz
01-26-2011, 09:29 AM
I really don't understand how Dolgopolov can be called "kid" and be in one league with boys of 1991-92. He is 1988, he was out of juniors when Tomic still watched "Sesame street"

Vida
01-26-2011, 09:36 AM
whoever puts a 'baby-whatever' tag to anyone isnt doing him any favors.

it had real bad repercussions on gasquet.

Vida
01-26-2011, 09:37 AM
dolgolopov - I like that one.

propi
01-26-2011, 09:39 AM
But Nishikori is not really a newcomer though:shrug: he's been on the scene for a couple of years now..
I know but if we are naming then for the age is with them where Kei should been.
As I usually put Rafa along with Novak, Del Potro or Murray and not with Federer :p

Action Jackson
01-27-2011, 01:00 AM
Searching for the next player to bandwagon in many cases. Potential means shit unless it's maximised.

bluefork
01-27-2011, 01:40 AM
Why is everyone so excited about Dolgopolov? I really can't stand his game.

MTF bandwagonning. Sigh.

fran70
01-27-2011, 02:28 AM
My list includes some of them that are already breaking to the top 100, some of them that have been around and are returning back due to an injury like the case of Nishikori and there are others that had not been mentioned that are struggling to jump to the Challenger tour or the ATP tour too.
Nishikori 21
Berankis 20
Dimitrov 19
Del Bonis 20
Paire 21
Raonic 20
Janowicz 20
Schoorel 21
Harrison 18
Tomic 18
Goffin 20
Krajinovic 18
Kuznetsov (Andrey) 19
Donskoy 20
Kontinen 20
Tsung Hua Yang 19
Camilo 20
Arguello 18
Di Wu 19
Schwartzman 18

v-money
01-27-2011, 02:46 AM
Glad Dolgo lost. Pathetic fixer.

Once the bandwagon is rolling even the haters jump on.

Raonic:worship: without a doubt.

I would have voted Dolgopolov, but he didn't really "impress" me, because I've known how good he is for a while now. Raonic really showed what he could do, and he came more out of the blue imo.

Ibracadabra
01-27-2011, 03:16 AM
Del bonis will have a montanes like career imo, next clay goat

Li Ching Yuen
04-17-2011, 01:37 PM
Thomas Schoorel has just won the Rome Challenger on clay. This will help him jump within about a dozen places of the Top100. Next tournament for him is Napoli.

luv_Nadals_balls
04-17-2011, 02:07 PM
Definitely Raonic. He has an aura about him. I remember thinking when I first saw him "Damn who is this Canadian boy with those big, arrogant, aggressive balls!"