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Who is your favorite NON top-50 player?

Filo V.
03-16-2012, 01:57 AM
So, I am bored of constantly reading of the top four, and basically the reality that most people here are gloryhunters being reinforced in my head. I want to see if there are some real tennis fans here and not player fans. And in my eyes, fans of tennis like a player not just because of who that player is or their success but because of their play on the court, their attitude off the court, reasons that aren't strictly based on "whose the GOAT", "whose gonna win this/that major tournament" (threads made 3 months before the tournament actually begins) or whatever questions asked over and over in general messages.

So, based on the provisional current rankings seen below, which player NOT named David Nalbandian, Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy Haas and Fernando Gonzalez (all four are where they are ranked due to injuries and are big named, very popular players who have spent years at the top echelon of the game, and Gonzo is retiring in a week anyway) is your favorite NON-TOP 50 player? Basically, which player(s) do you prefer because you are simply fond of their tennis, regardless of their results? Which players will you ride and die with through all their ups and downs? And if you would, please give your reasons why. Answer up and don't disappoint me with stupid responses.

Current rankings:
http://live-tennis.eu/

Snowwy
03-16-2012, 02:07 AM
Peter Polansky :)

leng jai
03-16-2012, 02:09 AM
Hass. Nole in 2020.

Ajde.

Action Jackson
03-16-2012, 02:09 AM
Pretty simple Nalbandian, Gulbis, Dimitrov, Harrison and Mahut are most popular here.

Source
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=11809309&postcount=146

Slice Winner
03-16-2012, 02:15 AM
Lukas Lacko :drool:

MuzzahLovah
03-16-2012, 02:16 AM
Dimitrov, Harrison, Popsickle, Chardy, Mahut, Paire.

Filo V.
03-16-2012, 02:17 AM
Nalbandian is top 50 now. Not surprised about Gulbis and Dimitrov, though. Because of their looks and the hype they got when they were so young.

sexybeast
03-16-2012, 02:19 AM
I cant say Nalbandian because he is not really a player outside the top 50, might end this year in top 20 if he takes with him this tennis to indoor season.

Malisse is one favorite who constantly finds himself in an area just outside the top 50 mark, count in Mahut and Petzschner and you probably have my top 3.

Gotta love Golubev aswell, he always brings circus to town. Miss or hit, not one dull moment when he is swinging his raquet.

I also have a strange thing for mr anti-tennis Karlovic, I find myself often cheering for him in matches against neutral players.

Sunset of Age
03-16-2012, 02:20 AM
Another vote for Lukas Lacko. :hearts: :D

Filo V.
03-16-2012, 02:20 AM
My answer is basically self-explanatory. But I'd say 95% of my favorite players are definitely not in the top 30. Which is why I prefer challengers like Dallas over Indian Wells.

Stronga23
03-16-2012, 02:25 AM
Ernests Gulbis all day every day. Pretty simple when he was the only one who came close to beating Rafa in 2010 on clay. Love you Ernesto!

emotion
03-16-2012, 02:29 AM
Montanes, O. Rochus, Becker, Berankis, Harrison in that order

Lestat
03-16-2012, 02:33 AM
Blake
since some epic matches against agassi in the past, James is one of my favs =)

Thunderfish8
03-16-2012, 02:40 AM
Blake is such a great guy... its too bad he's on his way out but he'll always be one of my favorites.

I always find myself rooting for Harrison cuz I'm american so he's one of my favorites.

Can't think of anymore off the top of my head.

Oh and of course I think its hysterical that Muster continues to try winning a match in Vienna ticket. :rolleyes:

Pirata.
03-16-2012, 02:45 AM
Adrian Mannarino

mark73
03-16-2012, 02:53 AM
My answer is basically self-explanatory. But I'd say 95% of my favorite players are definitely not in the top 30. Which is why I prefer challengers like Dallas over Indian Wells.

My favorite players are not even in the top million which is why I prefer the players in my club to nationally ranked players.

You are such a glory hunter Filo. :rolleyes:

Slice Winner
03-16-2012, 02:59 AM
Another vote for Lukas Lacko. :hearts: :D

He's such a cutie! :D

Filo V.
03-16-2012, 03:03 AM
My favorite players are not even in the top million which is why I prefer the players in my club to nationally ranked players.
Good for you.

Serenidad
03-16-2012, 03:08 AM
Daniel Brands, but he'll be #1 SOON.

gators0708
03-16-2012, 03:40 AM
Dustin Brown and Ryan Sweeting!

Chase Visa
03-16-2012, 03:54 AM
Gublis or Dimitrov.

Nixer
03-16-2012, 04:19 AM
Bolelli

Mountaindewslave
03-16-2012, 05:09 AM
Kubot and Dustin Brown definitely

Johnny Iznrr
03-16-2012, 05:18 AM
Future RG champion Fabulous Fognini :worship: Outside the top 100 is probably future 14 slam winner Rajeev Rampras :yeah:

Thread is unnecessary though, everyone's favorite player and GOAT Chris 'Luke Skywalker' Guccione is outside the top 300 just to give other people a chance at ranking points :angel:

Arkulari
03-16-2012, 06:45 AM
Santiago Giraldo, Nicolas Mahut and Robin Haase.

LisaKoh
03-16-2012, 07:02 AM
Have to second the vote for the Fog. Too good-looking, even for tennis standards. Oh, and Gulbis but I'm pretty much over it with him. He's too eccentric to do anything with his talent.

Edited to add: Forgot about Paul-Henri Mathieu.

tripwires
03-16-2012, 07:49 AM
Lu Yen-Hsun because he's Taiwanese.

Eddy DoubleD
03-16-2012, 07:52 AM
Muller, Tursunov, Harrison, Gulbis, Mahut, Dimitrov, Del Bonis, etc, etc

RonaldGomez
03-16-2012, 08:21 AM
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Naudio Spanlatine
03-16-2012, 08:22 AM
Dimitrov and Kubot

bluesoleil
03-16-2012, 08:34 AM
My answer is basically self-explanatory. But I'd say 95% of my favorite players are definitely not in the top 30. Which is why I prefer challengers like Dallas over Indian Wells.


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sylacauga
03-16-2012, 08:38 AM
Malisse & Harrison

ExcaliburII
03-16-2012, 08:43 AM
Ismar Gorcic obviously

GSMnadal
03-16-2012, 08:47 AM
My favorite non top-50 player is the last one to have humiliated Murray in a R2 match of a masters... so to name them all could take a while, but right now it's GGL

Sonja1989
03-16-2012, 09:13 AM
Kubot.. Dimitrov, Gulbis, Ramos etc..

JurajCrane
03-16-2012, 09:33 AM
Lacko (hopefully he will be Top 50 soon) and Klizan.

buzz
03-16-2012, 09:48 AM
I saw Stebe a couple of times, he lost but I liked his style.

Hope he can become/stay an atp regular, because I don't follow challengers....(does that make me a non real tennis fan??)

VolandriFan
03-16-2012, 09:53 AM
Giraldo, Fognini, Volandri, Garcia-Lopez, Falla.

Machado, Ramos, Delbonis, Capdeville and Matosevic are also growing on me lately.

leng jai
03-16-2012, 09:57 AM
Forgot about big Matty Ebden.

Ajde.

Chirag
03-16-2012, 10:04 AM
I think its Lu and Dimitrov

Sombrerero loco
03-16-2012, 10:06 AM
obviously, Henri Kontinen
:)

nole_no1
03-16-2012, 10:07 AM
Nicolas Mahut

Chris Kuerten
03-16-2012, 11:30 AM
Still too difficult for me to decide. But I think I have to go for Fognini.

Nole Rules
03-16-2012, 11:35 AM
Lukas Lacko.

Nole Rules
03-16-2012, 11:37 AM
Stebe is one of my fav players too. Love his game.

Nirjhor
03-16-2012, 11:40 AM
Xavier 'The X-Man' Malisse and Ernests Gulbis.

moon language
03-16-2012, 11:48 AM
Nalbandian is top 50 now. Not surprised about Gulbis and Dimitrov, though. Because of their looks and the hype they got when they were so young.

Nalbandian is 74 at the moment.

My favorite is Harrison currently. He'll probably be top 50 fairly soon though. I wish it were easier to see lower ranked players play more often, but I really dislike watching streams on the computer since I spend so much time working on a computer anyway.

misty1
03-16-2012, 11:59 AM
gulbis, berankis, ilhan, goffin, copil, kuznetsov, dzhumur and pavic

asmazif
03-16-2012, 12:21 PM
I've enjoyed watching/supporting Petz, Stakhovsky, Malisse, Fog, Cuevas, Haase, Mahut, Istomin, Mannarino, Muller, Soeda, Delic, Hanescu, Paire, Dimitrov, Bolelli, Prodon, Zverev, Gulbis, Big Mike Berrer, Goffin and Golubev.

to pick one, Petz.

Oh, and good ol' Gambill of course :sad:

Mystique
03-16-2012, 12:54 PM
Phillip Petzschner :)

Sunset of Age
03-16-2012, 12:58 PM
Another obscure name: Ruben Bemelmans.
Belgian journeyman who did rather well in Halle last year, nearly bringing Berdych at the brink of defeat. I enjoyed his tennis quite a lot that day. :)

BauerAlmeida
03-16-2012, 02:50 PM
Edu Schwank.

ciprianned
03-16-2012, 03:28 PM
Future RG champion Fabulous Fognini :worship: Outside the top 100 is probably future 14 slam winner Rajeev Rampras :yeah:

Raveev Rampras ! LOL :lol::lol::lol:

Fat Camel
03-16-2012, 04:11 PM
Clement and Malisse for sure!

Broskie91
03-16-2012, 07:09 PM
Denis Istomin (down the line backhand)

Alejandro Falla (all around toughness)

Nicolas Mahut (big serve for smaller guy, great volleying)

Adri89
03-16-2012, 09:14 PM
Thiemo De Bakker is my favorite player outisde top 50. I love his dropshots, the variety of his game with great touch at the net. He is a waste talent, I hope he can come back this year in the top 100.

Chardy and Mannarino also are among my favorite players.

KaiserT
03-16-2012, 09:16 PM
Oli Rochus.

For entertainment value (on a good day at least) - Petzchner, Goffin, Paire, Mallisse, Giraldo.

ciprianned
03-16-2012, 09:17 PM
Victor Hanescu

Poirot123
03-16-2012, 09:21 PM
The Bulgarian Dimitrov, as he could, if he wasn't such a headcase, and if he had a much better serve, be the eventual successer to Roger Federer as the creative attacking force in mens tennis. I'm not sure he'll make it. But I live in hope, as he has the basics, but he needs work.

Henry Chinaski
03-17-2012, 03:26 AM
Martin Klizan if he takes out the trash tomorrow

finishingmove
03-17-2012, 03:41 AM
giraldo, gulbis and GGL

VolandriFan
03-17-2012, 04:32 AM
Machado is an underrated cutie and I have a soft spot for the Portuguese, always great to see them do well.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-id7b280ENuA/TqqimisVhyI/AAAAAAAAa2o/Hit0dS9uXiU/s1600/01.jpg
http://www.record.xl.pt/storage/ngD40FE986-41F5-4224-9F9E-075142D75EE2.jpg

Martin Klizan if he takes out the trash tomorrow

The trash is pretty close to the top 50 after this week and still makes ATP finals with his glorious backhand. ;)

orangehat
03-17-2012, 04:35 AM
Cipolla, Ebden, de Bakker, Stoppini

Deathless Mortal
03-17-2012, 11:48 AM
X.

Gillouthe best
03-17-2012, 11:56 AM
Mahut, Paire, Stebe, Robredo...

FlameOn
03-17-2012, 11:57 AM
Santiago Giraldo.

I'd say Gulbis but he's been top 50 before.

STUHL
03-17-2012, 12:05 PM
Stebe!

stanch
03-17-2012, 12:12 PM
Nalbandian (I know he gets to TOP50 after IW), Kubot, Malisse, Mahut, Lajović, Harrison, Dimitrov, Stebe, Ebden, Rosol, Pospíšil, Paire.

Allez
03-17-2012, 12:56 PM
Marko Djokovic. No reasons needed.

VolandriFan
03-17-2012, 01:09 PM
Santiago Giraldo.

I'd say Gulbis but he's been top 50 before.

So has Santi :p

FlameOn
03-17-2012, 01:17 PM
So has Santi :p
Oops :o. Well I'll still say him anyway :lol:

seljanin
03-17-2012, 08:11 PM
Well, I like lots of lower ranked players and follow challenger tournaments rather closely. I will exclude from my list players like Blake, for example, who used to be a regular top-50 player, and will name the players I like the most:

Harrison - my favorite player from the young generation, not sure if many will agree with that, but he actually reminds me young Roddick to some extent :lol:
Muller - I like his aggressive style of play and net rushing
Mahut - serve&volley, enough said there
Phau - small, quick and crafty with a nice single-hander
Zopp - he used to play in the only Latvian futures event, always lost early, and I thought to myself that this guy will never achieve anything worthy in tennis; well, he has already proven me wrong by improving his game dramatically and constantly climbing in the ranking, will probably crack top-100 rather soon, which would be fantastic for Estonian (and also Baltic) tennis
Devvarman - a rather extreme pushing style, but there is smth I like about this kind of game
Brown - I like his life story + he's a talented headcase with a flashy and attractive game
Navarro - net rushing and occasional serve&volley on clay
Podlipnik-Castillo - a futures level Chilean, plays in Latvian futures event every year and has very good results there; have watched numerous matches with him, and it has made me to follow his results as well

However, my favorite non top-50 player is Rajeev Ram. The reason is rather simple, my favorite all-time player is Pete Sampras, and Rampras' game is so similar to Pete's.

FedererBulgaria
03-17-2012, 08:16 PM
Dimitrov

Scola
03-17-2012, 10:43 PM
Harrison - my favorite player from the young generation, not sure if many will agree with that, but he actually reminds me young Roddick to some extent :lol:


completely agree on Ryan, reminds me Roddick (in good way:D) too and his matches are never boring.


My other non Top 50 favs are mostly guys I become fan because of some interesting matches, I watched them play personally. Especially Tobias Kamke and Fritz Wolmarans.

Also like crazy Russians - Korolev, Gabashvili and Dima Tursunov.

But my biggest favourite is definetely Thiemo De Bakker, he has everything to challenge the best players - serve, movement, sublime touch...just great player:worship:

Fuser59
03-17-2012, 10:47 PM
Maximo Gonzalez, Harrison, Polansky, Robert Farah

Fuser59
03-17-2012, 10:54 PM
Well, I like lots of lower ranked players and follow challenger tournaments rather closely. I will exclude from my list players like Blake, for example, who used to be a regular top-50 player, and will name the players I like the most:

Harrison - my favorite player from the young generation, not sure if many will agree with that, but he actually reminds me young Roddick to some extent :lol:
Muller - I like his aggressive style of play and net rushing
Mahut - serve&volley, enough said there
Phau - small, quick and crafty with a nice single-hander
Zopp - he used to play in the only Latvian futures event, always lost early, and I thought to myself that this guy will never achieve anything worthy in tennis; well, he has already proven me wrong by improving his game dramatically and constantly climbing in the ranking, will probably crack top-100 rather soon, which would be fantastic for Estonian (and also Baltic) tennis
Devvarman - a rather extreme pushing style, but there is smth I like about this kind of game
Brown - I like his life story + he's a talented headcase with a flashy and attractive game
Navarro - net rushing and occasional serve&volley on clay
Podlipnik-Castillo - a futures level Chilean, plays in Latvian futures event every year and has very good results there; have watched numerous matches with him, and it has made me to follow his results as well

However, my favorite non top-50 player is Rajeev Ram. The reason is rather simple, my favorite all-time player is Pete Sampras, and Rampras' game is so similar to Pete's.

Harrison would be offended....his groundstrokes are so much beter...backhand is a weapon

Jimnik
03-17-2012, 10:57 PM
Easy for me. Soon none of my favorites will be top 50.

At least not in singles.

seljanin
03-17-2012, 11:03 PM
Harrison would be offended....his groundstrokes are so much beter...backhand is a weapon

Well, Ryan's BH is definitely better and more technically sound, and Ryan is also less serve-dependent. However, I would disagree about FH, Andy's FH was a very big shot at young age, he didn't push it like now, and was able to hit it big. That big serve + big FH combo was a rather effective weapon. And by saying that they are similar I also kinda meant their demeanor, not only their tennis. At least, that's what it feels like to me.

Shirogane
03-17-2012, 11:14 PM
As I might have already said in a similar thread, Mahut and Hanescu.

LastRocket
03-17-2012, 11:18 PM
paolo lorenzi - always smiling, even when down break pt, funny guy
Benoit Paire - i like his crazy attitude
Mischa Zverev - good netplay
Thiemo De Bakker - good all court
Dustin Brown - fun ballbasher
Sergiy Stakhovsky - good netplay
Adrian Ungur - great backhand

Sapeod
03-17-2012, 11:44 PM
At the moment, it's good ol' Albert Montanes. Before he dropped out, it was Schuettler. Nothing like a 35 year old still grinding it out on the atp/challenger tour but I think he's retiring soon. I still remember his run at Wimbledon and giving Nadal a good test. That was brilliant.