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He won´t do nothing special, he earned easy 500 points, he deserved it yes, he played great taking down Isner, Raonic, but c´mmon he needed 3 sets to beat old Stepanek, and even needed final set tie-break to beat Istomin and Dodig-both played great but still, he isn´t beating lower ranked guys easy, he is lucky to have 500 points, just like he was lucky to got 720 points from RG, now thanks to this points he can make it maybe to top 15 by better seedings, but not more, he can stay in top 20 for rest of the year, that´s it.

Even at his best - since RG 2010 until RG 2011 when he was top 15, even reached 8th in the world, he wasn´t beating lower ranked guys, he made 3x 4R at WIm,USO,AUS after his RG 2010. But at Masters 1000 he didn´t do much, his only good performance was SF in Monte CArlo 2011 where he defeated Federer and make SF.

He is at his best average top 20 player, who was lucky to be 8th in the world, has nice game, is lefty, great volleys-because he is doubles slam champion, but he struggled past average guys in Memphis. He didn´t even have the advantage of Almagro who is surface specialist and can pick up many points from clay, Melzer is all-round player. He is in my mind more comparing to Tipsarevic. Both achieved top 10, both wouldn´t be there if all guys are healthy, can be consistent at 250-500 events, but never did nothing at slams, Masters 1000 besides 1 fluke result - RG 2010 by Melzer and QF at USO 2011 by Janko
 

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i saw something from him today that really impresssed me: he was more fearless than ever so that was the first thing that caught my eye. he was aggressive when he knew he had to be.

he served well and returned well pretty much for the entire match. he never let his intensity and focus drop.

he also looks more fit. i think he looks like a man on a bit of a mission this year.
I saw a little bit of him last week, and he impressed me as well. He was very committed to his shots, and played well.

As AJ says, he has good weeks and bad weeks and that is unlikely to change. However, a successful week like this proves that he certainly still has the ability to rank inside the top 25-30...something I was doubting a little after last season.

He does look fit and strong as well, which helps at his age (in this sport). If you compare him to the likes of Montanes, Davydenko and others, he looks the more likely to preserve his status in tennis compared to them.
 
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