Originally Posted by petar_pan
You didn't get me right. This guy (Kokkinakis) is taller and, than off-course, stronger. But Coric isn't small and weak, he is younger and should develope well.
Beside that, the best players are 185 (Sampras, Federer, Nadal). If you are too tall you can't be conistent from the back line which is the most important thing in today's tennis. Tsonga like players (like Kokkinakis is) can't rule the tennis nowdays.
What? Federer is slowly being phased out, and I think Nadal may do also. Fed has struggled to handle the extra power from taller guys like Djokovic and Murray. Sorry but the trend is and will always go up. 185cm being requisite 5 or 6 years ago will be 190cm in a few years. In the 80's you could dominate at like 5'10 or 5'11. It goes up, that's just a fact of life.
I don't know anything about Coric, and maybe he will grow a few inches and be a top player. I'm just saying if you don't have height you must have exceptional talent to compete with the best for GS in the coming years. 6 foot players won't cut it unless you have all world talent like a Federer.