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07-23-2016 08:03 PM
Ace20
Re: Ymer Brothers

Elias Ymer made his first ATP QF run this week at Swiss Open Gstaad, beating both Daniel Brands & Konstantin Kravchuk in three sets, but lost to the number 1 seeded player Feliciano López in an tight two set match, good week for him
05-18-2016 06:37 AM
TNX1.0E6TOPCA
Re: Ymer Brothers



FRENCH OPEN QUALIFYING

Ymer prepared to play long game

By Michael Beattie on Tuesday 17 May 2016

Elias Ymer knows that reaching the world's top 50 is no mean feat - but the 20-year-old Swede is building the game, team and attitude he will need to join the game's elite.

Closing in on the world's top 100 and in contention for his second main-draw appearance at Roland Garros, 20-year-old Elias Ymer has his sights set far higher.

"It's really close now," the Swede said of his next ranking milestone. "I'm 119 this week - if I have one good run now it's done. I am 100 per cent sure, whenever it comes, it will come."

The signs are certainly encouraging for Ymer, who made a name for himself in 2015 by becoming the second man to qualify for all four Grand Slams in a single season. He arrived in Paris on the back of consecutive Challenger semi-final runs on French clay in Aix-en-Provence and Bordeaux, propelling him to his new career-high ranking Monday. Having dispatched Kazakhstan's Dmitry Popko 6-3 6-3 on Tuesday, the No.11 seed will face Italy's Matteo Donati for a place in the final round.

Waiting for space to start his warm down on a bright, cool day at Stade Roland Garros, Ymer admitted that raising his ranking into double digits is more of a checkpoint than a milestone.

"The thing is now, that I'm understanding a lot more, is it's not about making the top 100," Ymer said. "You need to make the top 50 if you want to play the big tournaments regularly. So you need to have the game, to play a top-50 game.

"I think a lot of players struggle with that - they make the top 100, but then don't know how they are going to make the top 50."

For Ymer, solving that enigma starts now. With an aggressive all-court game centred on stretching his opponents with his forehand, he has the fundamentals in place. Consistency - often his undoing in 2015 - is coming. As a boy, he looked up to Mike Tyson - "he has a lot of energy, power and intensity, and I can relate to that" - but as a tennis player, he admires the attitude of world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

"He's the most professional guy in my opinion, of everybody," Ymer said. "He does everything perfect, so I'm not surprised by his success. It's great, because he does everything so good."

Born and raised in Sweden by his Ethiopian parents - Wondwosen, a professional long-distance runner, and Kelem, a doctor - Elias had plenty of competition from younger brother Mikael after taking up tennis and both went on to become top juniors. But graduating to the senior ranks has been an eye-opening experience for the Swede, who is among the ATP's feted #NextGen crop of emerging young players.

"It's good of the ATP because it's helping us a lot," Ymer admits. "When I go to tournaments people recognise me easier and I get more support, so I'm very thankful to them."

Now, the goal is to follow in the footsteps of fellow rising stars Nick Kyrgios, Borna Coric and Alexander Zverev and push towards the pinnacle of the sport, bidding farewell to the [Q] next to his name in the draw sheets.

"Fitness is very important," Ymer admits. To his mind, however, success is as much a matter of building an elite support network as building an elite athletic physique. "In my opinion the higher-ranked guys are the most professional. They are professional with their treatments, their fitness, their coaches - they don't leave anything to chance. They make sure they do everything possible to play good."

Of course, such trappings of success are earned. But Ymer is not fazed by the task that lies ahead. He intends to follow suit.

"They were at my ranking," Ymer said of the likes of Kyrgios and Coric, themselves now looking to the example of Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. "When you get better, everything becomes a lot easier - you can bring a lot of people on board. But step by step, I think, you get there if you're prepared to try."

With that, Ymer descended the staircase to the player area beneath Suzanne Lenglen Court in search of a stationary bike. He has faced 21-year-old Donati twice before, winning both matches when they were in their teens. But the game, and the goal, has changed. He will be prepared.


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05-10-2016 10:56 PM
Jomp1
Re: Ymer Brothers

Elias has really started to show more stability in his serve games lately. Today he outserved Rosol, who he beat for the second time in as many weeks. Really tight tournament there in Bordeaux but he has a chance to get top100 and a DE to Wimbledon with a victory. He will have a new career high for the second week in a row no matter what.
05-06-2016 05:38 PM
Jomp1
Re: Ymer Brothers

Good win over Rosol today for Elias, and we can officially say he's made up for his so-so start to the year now. 134 on the race and 122 on the live rankings(potentially better after the week). Top100 is not so distant.
04-17-2016 10:56 AM
Jomp1
Re: Ymer Brothers

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Originally Posted by Arsenalex View Post
Elias certainy looks a far more complete player with a high tennis IQ compared to some youngsters his standard. I would rate this higher than Caltanissetta despite the points gap (assuming he converts the set lead hopefully). However I think he could work on some intensity on the court, he's completely outclassing Pavlasek today and could be easier than 7-5 6-3 if he didn't miss so many returns, also tending to get lazy once he is down in the game 30-0 or so... serving well so far.
Yes you're right, consistency is his biggest issue. As for returns he's standing too passively on the second serves so even if he gets them in he's not gaining nearly the advantages he could. But he's figured out how to hold his serve now, dropped it once in the semi and held it today. His second serve is twice as good compared to last year.

Clay is happy times for him, I'm hoping he can reach an ATP QF somewhere.
04-17-2016 10:47 AM
Arsenalex
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Elias won the Barletta CH with a 7-5 6-4 win over Pavlasek in the final He will now be back to around the 120 mark and there is month and a bit before points fall from Caltanissetta so I hope Elias gets some good results before then to keep the positive ranking.

I think he can use this to regain some confidence and push for the top 100 and beyond this year. He looked very happy to win today.

Next is De Bakker in Barcelona, win would be good, loss is expected as he is the underdog and he will be tired (Barcelona has a tight schedule because of the 6 rounds instead of one in a week, I'm not sure if R1 or R2 is two days but hope its R1 so Elias can play Tuesday). I would really love to see him play Nishikori.
04-17-2016 10:27 AM
Arsenalex
Re: Ymer Brothers

Elias certainy looks a far more complete player with a high tennis IQ compared to some youngsters his standard. I would rate this higher than Caltanissetta despite the points gap (assuming he converts the set lead hopefully). However I think he could work on some intensity on the court, he's completely outclassing Pavlasek today and could be easier than 7-5 6-3 if he didn't miss so many returns, also tending to get lazy once he is down in the game 30-0 or so... serving well so far.
04-17-2016 10:21 AM
Jomp1
Re: Ymer Brothers

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Originally Posted by RU90 View Post
Has Mikael been rehabbing an injury? He hasn't played since last Nov.
Yes, hip injury. Figure we'll see him be back sometime next month.
04-16-2016 11:11 PM
RU90
Re: Ymer Brothers

Has Mikael been rehabbing an injury? He hasn't played since last Nov.
04-16-2016 10:42 PM
Jomp1
Re: Ymer Brothers

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Originally Posted by Arsenalex View Post
Elias has stalled this year but the MD appearance in Miami seems to have given him new confidence. Returning to Italy has helped him as well, he is in the final of Barletta CH this week to face Adam Pavlasek. Good luck!
Imo he's stalled because he's decided to work on his weaknesses a lot, combined with some health issues. Has also played all the seasons, i.e. grass, american hardcourt, asia, australia, indoors. His best surface is clearly clay, but he's chosen to give every surface and continent a shot. He's also gone for the biggest tournaments he has a shot to play in, instead of smaller challengers. This is not the smoothest way to improve your ranking, but it improves you as a player.

Let's see if he opts to go for a little more clay in the coming year, or really tries to get good on every surface.
04-16-2016 10:16 PM
Arsenalex
Re: Ymer Brothers

Elias has stalled this year but the MD appearance in Miami seems to have given him new confidence. Returning to Italy has helped him as well, he is in the final of Barletta CH this week to face Adam Pavlasek. Good luck!
03-24-2016 03:57 PM
TNX1.0E6TOPCA
Re: Ymer Brothers

beautiful Elias Ymer

MIAMI 2016 Wynwood Walls







10-22-2015 05:04 AM
SirtySree
Re: Ymer Brothers

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Originally Posted by Jomp1 View Post
It'll almost certainly be Mikael and Markus Eriksson. As long as he's fit to play five-setters, they had a try-out camp last week and he couldn't play five sets there. It's a perfect level of competition for him at this stage.
The team has now been named. Looks like Elias might still be too injured to play but Sweden should still beat Denmark 3-2 at the very worse.

Markus Eriksson
Mikael Ymer
Fred Simonsson
Johan Brunstrom
10-20-2015 10:49 AM
Jomp1
Re: Ymer Brothers

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Originally Posted by SirtySree View Post
Good luck Mikael. He is suffering from a bit of a hip injury himself though.

Seeing that they gave him the WC, I think that confirms he will get into the Davis Cup team verses Denmark as well.
It'll almost certainly be Mikael and Markus Eriksson. As long as he's fit to play five-setters, they had a try-out camp last week and he couldn't play five sets there. It's a perfect level of competition for him at this stage.
10-17-2015 12:11 AM
SirtySree
Re: Ymer Brothers

Good luck Mikael. He is suffering from a bit of a hip injury himself though.

Seeing that they gave him the WC, I think that confirms he will get into the Davis Cup team verses Denmark as well.
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