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Grading the Year End Top 100

Chase Visa
11-28-2011, 11:34 AM
Found this on another tennis website....thought it might be interesting to do my own version.

Counting backwards from 100 to 1 ala so many other things.

100. Michael Berrer - D

At least he stayed in the top 100. Apart from making a final at Zagreb, however, he was not good.

99. Michael Russell - C+

It seems like he's been on the back end of the top 100 forever. Another typical solid season for the aging Yank.

98. Andreas Beck - B-

Returned to the top 100 after injuries saw him lose it in 2010, but he did it all at the Challenger level.

97. Eric Prodon - A-

Somehow, at the age of 31, he broke into the top 100 despite spending most of his career on the fringe of the top 100. Deserves credit for that alone.

96. Tobias Kamke - D+

At least won some description of ATP matches (W/L rate was comparable with someone like Berlocq), but his performances were far from impressive for most of the year.

95. Benoit Paire - B+

The young Frenchie broke into the top 100 for the first time this season. It looks like he could be a quality player.

94. Matthias Bachinger - B

Came out of nowhere to finish in the top 100 this season, even though he didn't do a lot after a very solid start to the season.

93. Sam Querrey - F

Largely not his fault - he was injured for the best part of his season - but wasn't even in form before that.

92. Blaz Kavcic - B-

Had an OK first season at the ATP level, and broke into the top 100 fairly early this season. Deserves credit for that alone.

91. Mikhail Kukushkin - F

Not sure why he's still in the top 100. Was pathetic for most of the season.

Filo V.
11-28-2011, 06:35 PM
Bachinger deserves an F for being a failure of a tennis player.

Roamed
11-28-2011, 08:03 PM
Good thread! Should be interesting to evalutate the performances of the lower ranked players as well.

MuzzahLovah
11-29-2011, 03:30 AM
Wait, grading them in comparison to what? Their previous years?

1. Djokovic- A+ No one could have predicted this last year. The drop off in form after the USO will be a footnote.
2. Nadal- B+ A slide from his peak, and but still good. Might be the last year his in the top two.
3. Federer- C+ His worst year since 2002. Still better than most players, but he'll most likely retire next year.
4. Murray- B+ By most measures his best year on tour, but marred by post Australia slump and injury capping off a good late season run.
5. Ferrer- A Pics has maximized his potential in most aspects.
6. Tsonga- B+ Some great moments and some clownish ones, but all in all, pretty good
7. Berdcyh- B Was god like in moments and matches, but mostly crumbled under pressure and hasn't played up to his abilities.
8. Fish- A+ At this late stage in his career he's had by far his best year.

Topspindoctor
11-29-2011, 03:40 AM
1) Djokovic - A+, fantastic season
2) Nadal - B-, won a slam, but was subpar throughout the hard court season
3) Olderer - C, first slamless year in ages
4) Mugray - A, considering he's a clown who'll never win a slam, he did well for his pathetic standards
5) Ferrer - B, Average
6) Clownga - A-, great year for his standards
7) Berdych - C, a mug will remain a mug
8) Fish - A+, for a clown like Fish to make into top 10 and qualify for WTF is a highlight of his mediocre career

eduggs
11-29-2011, 04:27 AM
It's unfair to grade Federer so harshly this year, unless you're purely looking at results compared to previous years. It's not like he started losing early rounds. He made at least SF in most of the tournaments he entered.

And in the grand slams, he played extremely well but narrowly lost to the eventual winner playing their near best tennis on 3/4 occasions:

- Played great at the Australian. Ran into an unstoppable Djokovic on a slow surface. Still played a very competitive match and had 5-2* 15-0 in second set before losing 5 straight games.
- Played great at the French Open. Ran into Nadal in the final and should have pushed it to 5 sets.
- Played well at Wimbledon. Ran into an aggressive and on fire Tsonga and faded at the end.
Played great at the US Open. Ran into a brilliant and courageous Djokovic who saved 2 match points.

With a little luck, Federer could easily have captured 2 grand slams this year - the French and the US. And if Djokovic hadn't been in the form of his life, he could have made it three with the Australian. Djokovic won everything except the slam that Nadal owns. That doesn't leave much else to win. Nevertheless, an aging Federer was still a major contender everywhere he played. That deserves more credit.

MuzzahLovah
11-29-2011, 05:05 AM
It's unfair to grade Federer so harshly this year, unless you're purely looking at results compared to previous years. It's not like he started losing early rounds. He made at least SF in most of the tournaments he entered.

And in the grand slams, he played extremely well but narrowly lost to the eventual winner playing their near best tennis on 3/4 occasions:

- Played great at the Australian. Ran into an unstoppable Djokovic on a slow surface. Still played a very competitive match and had 5-2* 15-0 in second set before losing 5 straight games.
- Played great at the French Open. Ran into Nadal in the final and should have pushed it to 5 sets.
- Played well at Wimbledon. Ran into an aggressive and on fire Tsonga and faded at the end.
Played great at the US Open. Ran into a brilliant and courageous Djokovic who saved 2 match points.

With a little luck, Federer could easily have captured 2 grand slams this year - the French and the US. And if Djokovic hadn't been in the form of his life, he could have made it three with the Australian. Djokovic won everything except the slam that Nadal owns. That doesn't leave much else to win. Nevertheless, an aging Federer was still a major contender everywhere he played. That deserves more credit.

But on whose standards would you grade him? Against everyone this year? That's what the rankings are for. It only really makes sense to grade them against their previous years.

jamesuk
11-29-2011, 05:17 AM
Indeed, that way you can sort of justifiably rank Murray ahead of Federer right?

MuzzahLovah
11-29-2011, 05:22 AM
Indeed, that way you can sort of justifiably rank Murray ahead of Federer right?

To paraphrase a great champion, indoor season wasn't the strongest this year, was it? A good run while the other top 3 were injured, absent or out of form is nice, but will see where everyone stands in Australia.:wavey:

TMJordan
11-29-2011, 06:14 AM
Bachinger deserves an F for being a failure of a tennis player.

F minus.

SetSampras
11-29-2011, 06:19 AM
Who the hell are all these mugs? (50-100) People actually watch them? What is there to grade?


Sam Querry showed promise.. For a brief time.. One of the mugs I got to see Nadal piss on live back the USO a few years back.. Other then that.. I believe he was also Sampras' whipping boy in the exos.

1. Nole: A- year.. Totally fell apart at the end due to injury sadly.. Was on his way to a GOAT season though
2. Nadal: B Disappointing to say the least with Nole. Not ONE change in his game plan in 6 matches vs. Nole. Very sad We'll see Next year

3: Fed B- No slam year, but picks it up at the end to raise his grade level ( even though everyone else who actually did shit in the year were gassed,burned out, injured what have you which left useless clowns like Clownga or Ferrer in the tournament who should have went out early)
4. Murray D: Overrated Clown of the highest order. Another year down, another slamless year.. All window dressing..


5 on down.. Who cares.. Mugs not even worth talking about

Doggy
11-29-2011, 06:24 AM
Nole A- (terrible form s/p US Open, he will not defend the AO unless his shoulder is fixed/add more offense to his now overbearing defensive game)
Fish A+ (despite 0-3 at YEC, he will be motivated next year and finally reach a slam semis or two slam quarters in 1 calender year)
The rest: C because I don't give a fuck

PiggyGotRoasted
11-29-2011, 06:30 AM
1) A. Oscar Hernandez - Faking everyone by retiring only to plan to come out of retirement and win the US Open next year. Genius decision.
Everyone else gets a D