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Old 11-10-2013, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default Underachieving challenger players - who should be ranked higher and why aren't they?

Enough of all the talking being dominated by the top elite guys, ala rafa, fed, djoker, muzza, birdy etc .... that's getting all a bit repetitive now....

I wanna know who for you do you find extremely talented on the challenger tour and feel should be competing at atleast 500 atp level and above.

One guy I'll actually make a start of with saying is, Lukas Lacko.... I am so puzzled wtf this guy is doing? It really does strike me as if he just does not give a daffy duck in atleast 70% of his matches. Seen this guy make phenominal shots, serve impecably, ballstrike with precision and just play stupidly good tennis but for only like 5, 6 or so tournaments a year? It just seems to me as if he's content with being a challenger bully. He plays to cash in some cheques with minor good runs at the odd 250 event but apart from that he's only interested in indoor challengers around eastern Europe.




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Old 11-10-2013, 01:01 AM   #2
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Jack Sock. He has weapons that most Challenger level players would dream of. Half of them have no idea how to cope with it and his losses end up coming down to unwarranted errors or poor stamina (why his placement doesn't surprise me).

It also strikes me that the guy can show up and win at least a couple of matches in the Main Draw of a Major, but can flub any given round of a CH event.
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True, sock is a talent, but he's very dependent on his serve and forehand and one two punching. Plus he's still young and still developing. Lacko has been roaming around on the bloody challenger tour for several years now and he's 25. He's wasting his career. All he needs to do is improve his defence slightly. He has decent footwork and movement.
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Donald Young.
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Donald Young.
Obvious answer for this one right.

State of mind, rubbish.

You can't be baffled by Donald Duck's mental fragilities, surely? Or can you?

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Bellucci, but he was pretty high ranked from 2009-2012 so dunno if he counts.
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Lacko definitely #1 in this category. Young's dramatic idiocy and Falla's extreme mental fragility are well documented, but they'd be the other 2. Another huge choker who should be a top 80 or so player is Marchenko
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Bellucci, but he was pretty high ranked from 2009-2012 so dunno if he counts.
No, HE counts.

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State of mind, rubbish.

You can't be baffled by Donald Duck's mental fragilities, surely? Or can you?

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No I am not baffled. That's why I am a fan. One month The Don is winning back to back challengers, the next he is being bageled by Singh LOL
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Don't agree with Falla, he's a grinder with no weapons and just mentally tough, he's been competing in atp tour events for many years in the past anyway. French Open 4th round as well I think.

Marchenko though, ABSOLUTELY AGREE, the most eratic player I have ever witnessed. Superlatively talented. Headcase and choker. Agreed.

Lacko, I just cannot UNDERSTAND, he isn't a choker nor a headcase, nor does he get as tight as any other boloke between 10-40 in the world on big points, so what the bloody hell is the problem? What, is, HIS problem? Can anyone tell me a fundamental thing he;s missing from his game that i stopping him from being a regular top 40 soli seasoned competitor? It's a mystery to me......
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Ruffin, Arguello, Andreozzi, Bemelmans, Stebe and Andreas Beck. They should all be at least top 100.
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Dancevic - although he has suffered injuries I guess.
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Ruffin, Arguello, Andreozzi, Bemelmans, Stebe and Andreas Beck. They should all be at least top 100.
Agreed on all, bemelemens is the biggest choker on the planet btw though, lemme just say that.

Anyway. What about the real top 40 top 50 quality players? Any....?

I'm talking Lacko and Young talent. Real weapons and angles to their shots......
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When I watch these I get pissed off.

Why WASTE that?
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Gabashvili, Evans (Dan).

Also what has happened to Baghdatis game?
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