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Can Somdev Devvarman be the next Michael Chang?

Start da Game
03-25-2011, 06:24 PM
his game has some similarities with chang's and i also like his footspeed.......somdev is a good returner like chang was and runs down a lot of balls.......

he still needs to learn chang's slicing and dicing techniques and maybe not yet as efficient a passer as chang was but somdev will have developed a superior serve in the longer run than chang ever did......what say? what more improvements would you like to see in somdev's game? i think a better forehand is almost certain to make him a top 20 player on hardcourts pretty soon.......

where do you see him 2 years time? being the next chang may not necessarily mean he needs to win a slam but will he be the chang of today? i mean stats aside, can he be the player who enthralls people with his speed, finesse, slap shots like chang did in the 90s?

LocoPorElTenis
03-25-2011, 06:26 PM
No. Hope this helps.

Henry Chinaski
03-25-2011, 06:26 PM
well given that Chang was a slam winner at 17, Somdev is gonna need a time-machine and go back at least 9 years

I like Somdev but he's not even going to have a Ferrer, Robredo or Simon-type career let alone a Chang one

Ichiban1920
03-25-2011, 06:28 PM
Is it a coincidence that brainless Nadull-tards start the dumbest topics?

Why would the ATP need more talentless grinders who have no game?

Chris Kuerten
03-25-2011, 06:29 PM
Not even close, Chang was great and one of a kind.

Start da Game
03-25-2011, 06:30 PM
well given that Chang was a slam winner at 17, Somdev is gonna need a time-machine and go back at least 9 years

I like Somdev but he's not even going to have a Ferrer, Robredo or Simon-type career let alone a Chang one

indians typically peak in their mid 20s and somdev will improve from here, take my word for that.......i am not intending to question whether he will have a chang like career or not but rather can he entertain like chang did on the men's tour?

we will see though, somdev might have to battle indian fame and glory more than his opponents in the coming years.......

LawrenceOfTennis
03-25-2011, 06:32 PM
Chang won RG at 17, and played great tennis for long years.....Somdev is already something 26 years old,so the answer is no. He's really talented and will gain a lot of points maybe win titles but no top 10.

Elbarto
03-25-2011, 06:33 PM
Can Somdev Devvarman be the next Michael Chang?

I don't know but he can be the next bandwagon player if he continues to win

LawrenceOfTennis
03-25-2011, 06:34 PM
yeah,...a new bandwagon every week...keep up this great tradition MTF.....pfff

Lee
03-25-2011, 06:36 PM
I watched Somdev vs Malisse in Indian Wells and just watched on TV Chang vs McEnroe in Senior tour last October. Somdev is not quite at Chang's level. :shrug:

LocoPorElTenis
03-25-2011, 06:40 PM
Don't get me wrong, I respect Somdev for making the most of his abilities and I guess he's quite big in India and can help popularize the sport there. He's a late bloomer though and with his gamestyle he simply can't make it near the top in today's game. Chang was entertaining in no small part because he was a prodigy teenager and unexpected slam winner, there might be some very generic similarities in their games but that's the extent of it.

l_mac
03-25-2011, 06:41 PM
indians typically peak in their mid 20s

So Hema's best years are already behind her?

:tears:

GlennMirnyi
03-25-2011, 06:44 PM
:haha:

Oh my.

DartMarcus
03-25-2011, 06:49 PM
I am sure Somdev can have a great career, because there are so many areas of the game he can still improve.
I predict no.18 to be his best ranking.

Filo V.
03-25-2011, 06:49 PM
Um.......really :scratch:

GlennMirnyi
03-25-2011, 06:55 PM
I am sure Somdev can have a great career, because there are so many areas of the game he can still improve.
I predict no.18 to be his best ranking.

No there's not much he can improve. Too old for that, tennis-wise.

Blackbriar
03-25-2011, 06:55 PM
Chang was a crappy, lucky bastard. Devvarman is the real deal :rocker2:

nsidhan
03-25-2011, 07:36 PM
Yes he can have a similar style of play. He won't win a slam. But a few ATP 250 titles is possible.

I came here to the US to do my Masters like Somdev. So that is extra reason to support my man!

Sapeod
03-25-2011, 07:37 PM
No, no, no, no, NO!

How can you even compare them?
Chang's career was miles ahead of Devvarman's when he was only 17....

Chang >>>>>>>> Devvarman.

Devvarman won't be a top 30 player, let alone a #2 slam winner.

SVK
03-25-2011, 07:38 PM
Wasnt there a thread if Devvarman can be the next Nadal?...First Nadal now Chang:lol:

tennizen
03-25-2011, 07:51 PM
So Hema's best years are already behind her?

:tears:

Don't be too sad.He didn't say how long the peak lasts:D

fran70
03-25-2011, 07:54 PM
Would you mean in the best of the cases Karol Kucera? ;)

Roger the Dodger
03-25-2011, 07:56 PM
Indians really getting high here! :rolls:

Come on nsidhan and Sri, help Start da drama!

Pushverman can only make it to top 50s if he pushes hard enough; top 30s if he's really lucky and everyone's out of luck; I simply hope he picks up a 250 or two like journeymen do. That'd be cool. I love his spirit. Having said that, this might be his best year on tour.

Pirao666
03-25-2011, 08:46 PM
No, no, no, no, NO!

How can you even compare them?
Chang's career was miles ahead of Devvarman's when he was only 17....

Chang >>>>>>>> Devvarman.

Devvarman won't be a top 30 player, let alone a #2 slam winner.

Neither was Chang, he was a 1 slam winner.

Kat_YYZ
03-25-2011, 08:48 PM
No there's not much he can improve. Too old for that, tennis-wise.

yeah, I keep forgetting how old Somdev is. :scratch:

KaiserT
03-25-2011, 08:52 PM
Change the thread title to 'Can Somdev Devvarman entertain?'

The answer would still be no.

samanosuke
03-25-2011, 08:57 PM
he is new sampras

oranges
03-25-2011, 08:59 PM
:haha: The guy won a freaking slam at 18, so what do you think, is it a good comparison

nsidhan
03-25-2011, 09:12 PM
Neither was Chang, he was a 1 slam winner.

He probably meant World #2 + Slam winner :shrug:

Sunset of Age
03-25-2011, 09:14 PM
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nsidhan
03-25-2011, 09:17 PM
Indians really getting high here! :rolls:

Come on nsidhan and Sri, help Start da drama!

Pushverman can only make it to top 50s if he pushes hard enough; top 30s if he's really lucky and everyone's out of luck; I simply hope he picks up a 250 or two like journeymen do. That'd be cool. I love his spirit. Having said that, this might be his best year on tour.

Absolutely, why not. When you see someone from your country doing well, which is so rare for India...you support them not matter what their style of play. I agree he pushes...a lot! But given the fact that he is neither as tall as some of the elite players nor have their power...he tries his best with what he has and that is what I appreciate :).

Btw, this is probably the only time I will help Start da Drama ;).

philosophicalarf
03-25-2011, 09:33 PM
Can Somdev Devvarman be the next Michael Chang?

letmethinkno.

AncicCilic
03-25-2011, 10:32 PM
I like his game style because he isn't trying to copy most others (as some people here would call "ballbashers" with no imagination) so it's hard to hate this guy. It's good for the overall sport that you have different styles of players and when they clash it can make an interesting match.

But on the other hand don't think he can be that good as Chang. Higher then where he is atm that's possible for sure.

samanosuke
03-25-2011, 10:34 PM
I like his game style because he isn't trying to copy most others (as some people here would call "ballbashers" with no imagination) so it's hard to hate this guy. But on the other hand don't think he can be that good. Higher then atm that for sure though.

maybe because nobody doesn't play so crappy :scratch:

AncicCilic
03-25-2011, 10:36 PM
If he was that crappy he wouldn't be better then 99% proffesional players by ranking. :p
Not atractive style but works up to a point, simple as that.

Commander Data
03-25-2011, 11:11 PM
Don't be too sad.He didn't say how long the peak lasts:D

also your "past peak" is probably still way above peoples peak.

BlueSoul Formula
04-05-2011, 12:49 AM
Devvarman is an important player for the ATP

shiaben
04-05-2011, 12:53 AM
God no.

VolandriFan
04-05-2011, 01:13 AM
Yes, I do like Somdev.

Sri
04-05-2011, 01:45 AM
indians typically peak in their mid 20s

What a load of garbage. There is no scientific study to show when Indians "peak". And, since you are an Indian, you should know that there are a million ethnicities and types of people here and no generic rule applies especially to an obscure concept like "peaking".

Sri
04-05-2011, 01:47 AM
As far as Somdev is concerned, I wish he does well and wins a slam, but he doesn't have the weapons to do it as of now. I hope he develops his game and evolves it further.

One thing is certain, he's raised the benchmark for sure as far as Indian male tennis is concerned. Inspiration for a billion people to get over cricket and start following tennis.

fran70
04-05-2011, 01:48 AM
No way. He doesn`t have the speed and the shots that Chang used to have. Not even to speak about his mental strenght and he is not as wise as Chang used to be either. Somdev is an ok counterpouncher that plays quite well with his opponent power but not even is closer to take in reference to former hard court counterpounchers in a possibly style as Karol Kucera was. In the best of the cases Somdev can reach the top 40.

smitty8
04-05-2011, 02:25 AM
Nope.

Does Somdev sign autographs with "Jesus loves you" on them? Didn't think so. That Michael, what a special boy. BTW, after I got that autograph, I wanted to tell him "yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so." :wavey:

UncleZeke
04-05-2011, 02:40 AM
highly unlikely.

fast_clay
04-05-2011, 03:17 AM
the correct response was: NO

Chiseller
04-05-2011, 03:22 AM
Stick to Nadal matches

TMJordan
04-05-2011, 05:27 AM
Are you high?

Start da Game
04-05-2011, 06:37 AM
What a load of garbage. There is no scientific study to show when Indians "peak". And, since you are an Indian, you should know that there are a million ethnicities and types of people here and no generic rule applies especially to an obscure concept like "peaking".

paes and bhupati started playing their best when they were well past 25 and were absolutely amazing in the late 20s and going into 30s.......

bopanna too is almost 30 now and has been playing at his peak only in the recent years.......we are also witnessing a rise in the game of somdev who's in his mid 20s......so if i challenge you to get me a teen sensation in indian tennis, perhaps you might struggle......

sania darling would be your obvious answer but i was talking about men......amritraj might be the only exception as he hit the peak a lot earlier than most other indian players.......ramanathan krishnan was no teen sensation at the top level of the game either.......

abraxas21
04-05-2011, 06:39 AM
in start_da_game's dream world, nadull adopts the indian nationality and wins everything! :crazy: