Originally Posted by Marat Safinator
uh.... what happeend to carlos this year? he slipped down to currently number 30 from number 5! What will his end of year ranking be like next year? Do you think he is gone for good? I hope not i can see him rise up the rankings up to top 15 but not much more.
He has had two main problems in 2005.
1) After his DC title in 2004 , his motivation went down vertically and he's a player that needs to have a clear goal to be motivated and this year hadn't this goal.
2) He had a serious shoulder injury for several months that didnt' let him to hit the serve , a key shot in his playstyle.
Even Carlos considers that he has had bad luck with the draws since he has had to face a lot of times Puerta, a player that because of any reason Carlos has a lot of problems against him . He thinks that if Puerta had been in the other part of the draws he would have won more points
He's already training toughly for the next season and is making a good off-season , with enough time, so he's very excited and confident about next year and wants to return again inside top 10.
I don't see him with the mental strength enough to return again inside this top 10 , besides his current ranking doesn't let him to have good draws as he had in the past , although i expect a better season in comparison with 2005