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2014 Watch List
« on: December 08, 2013, 10:04:03 AM »
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On this bleak and wintry day   :blue: :rain:, people might be interested in the new Ray Bowers watch list for 2014.   
http://www.tennisserver.com/lines/lines.html

That said, Ray admits that those players on his 2013 list mostly went back rather than forward. Predicting the future is a hazardous business  :confused1:

I sent in my deposit to renew my Cincy seat next August. Nice to think about warm weather there .  :)

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NEWEST WATCHLIST
 
 Offered here is our new watch list of risers, computed largely from results in this year's Third Trimester. Several appeared on earlier lists, having continued to rise since inclusion. Shown are each member's official 2013 year-end ranking plus his predicted target ranking for twelve months hence.
 
Vasek Pospisil, 23, 6-4 (Canada). Born in Canada, Vasek trained for several years in Czech Republic. He penetrated the top hundred in early 2013, and during Third Trimester he won the Challenger in Vancouver, reached the semis at Canadian Open (defeating Stepanek, Berdych, and losing closely to Raonic), and stretched Federer to a close third set in Basel. Using his height well, he has become a powerful server and striker. Currently #32, predicted target #23.
 
Dominic Thiem, 20, 6-0 (Austria). The son of tennis coaches, Dominic had an excellent international career as a junior. His talent brought good success in pro Challengers, primarily on clay, raising Dominic from the fourth hundred at the start of 2013 into the second hundred at mid-summer. Then in October on an indoor hard court in Vienna, after two fine wins, one of them over #70 Gimeno-Traver, Dominic carried Tsonga to a third-set tiebreaker. He then won the clay-court Challenger in Casablanca. Although he appears the likely Austrian top player, he missed Davis Cup this year amid disagreement with the national tennis authorities. Currently #122, predicted target #74.
 
Karen Khachanov, 17, 6-6 (Russia). Moscow-born Karen showed moderate success in junior events of 2013, winning the European Juniors in Switzerland and defeating Nick Kyrgios in the Garros Juniors. He was unranked by ATP at the start of Third Trimester and competed only occasionally thereafter, but he scored late-year wins over top-hundred players Tipsarevic, A. Ramos, and Hanescu in main-tour indoor action. Currently #447, predicted target #321.
 
Bradley Klahn, 23, 6-0 (U.S.A.). A former NCAA singles champion from Stanford, left-handed Brad was a member of our watch list named one year ago. He now starts a fresh twelve-month tenure thanks to a surge in Challenger results in Third Trimester, all on hard courts. His only main-tour appearance during that period came at U.S. Open, where he reached the second round, losing to seeded Feliciano Lopez in four sets. His W-L percentage has been very good, but there have been few wins over top-hundred players. Currently #98, predicted target #52.
 
Joao Sousa, 24, 6-1, (Portugal). To past strong results in clay-court Challengers, Joao in 2013 added balanced success on hard courts as well. He reached the third round at U.S. Open, defeating Dimitrov and Nieminen in five-setters and losing to Djokovic. Starting at the Open, he scored nine wins over top-hundred opponents, including Ferrer, while losing a total of only six matches. The sequence included winning the hard-court tournament at Valencia. He has long trained in Barcelona and now lists residence there. Currently #49, predicted target #32.
 
Milos Raonic, 22, 6-5 (Canada). Born in Europe, Milos moved to Canada at age three with his parents. In 2007 he was an early enrollee at the National Training Center in Montreal. His devastating serve lifted him to success indoors in early 2011, gaining wide attention, but surgery sidelined him and slowed his rise later in the year. He has since improved his all-court abilities and in 2013 he briefly penetrated the world's top ten. One of the game's most powerful servers and strikers, Milos now appears on our watch lists for the third time. Currently #11, predicted target #5.
 
Marco Cecchinato, 21 (Italy). Marco's success in clay-court Challengers accelerated in Third Trimester, including wins over Davis Cupper Lajovic, Volandri (who won the Challenger Year-Ender), and several other Challenger stalwarts. In July he scored an interesting win over Dominic Thiem in the final of a Futures event. Marco's only main-tour appearances came at Kitzbuhel and Rome, where he lost in the qualifiers, and at Nice where he won through in the qualifiers but then lost to Fognini in split sets. Currently #165, predicted target #129.
 

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013, 12:03:31 PM »
Thanks Yo!

Hope you get a great weekend in Cinncy!  Love tradition!
Good Luck on the Court!!!
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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 12:31:38 AM »
Thank you

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2013, 01:16:56 AM »
Need a good web form, it makes a lot of people who come on this site can be exchanged. Ideas

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2013, 10:18:47 AM »
I'm going all in with Albano Olivetti 2014.

He's gonna bigger than Jerzy Janowicz 2013!
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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2013, 04:15:05 AM »
I'm going all in with Albano Olivetti 2014.

He's gonna bigger than Jerzy Janowicz 2013!

Jerzy should have a great season but will check out your new boy, Olivetti too.

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2013, 06:55:50 PM »
Albano Olivetti

I don't think he will break through unless his returning and baseline rally get huge improvement.
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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2013, 07:07:45 PM »
Albano Olivetti

I don't think he will break through unless his returning and baseline rally get huge improvement.

He's got great hands, Bill! The next S&Ver will be a 230 lb. Franco-Italian!
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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2013, 07:35:13 PM »
Albano Olivetti

I don't think he will break through unless his returning and baseline rally get huge improvement.

He's got great hands, Bill! The next S&Ver will be a 230 lb. Franco-Italian!

Changing racquet ! Same thing was done by Jerzy in 2012 :gleam:

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2013, 07:43:42 PM »
1HBH  :king:

Albano Olivetti - août 2012
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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2014, 07:03:06 PM »
Batista-Agut should have been on everyone's radar by now. What a major omission.

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2014, 08:01:25 PM »
So, How's Olive doing lately?  :confused1:

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2014, 09:09:39 PM »
Pretty good run at  Montpellier

Beat De Schepper(82) in 1R, Davy(60) in 2R, lost to Gasquet in QF

Here's the preview:

This quarter-final will be the battle of the single handed backhands as qualifier Olivetti faces up to Gasquet. But it is a tall order for the World No. 249 who came to the Open de Sud from a French Futures event.

That being said, he has fought his way to the quarter-final well, coming through a couple of three-setters, so he definitely has the feel of the court by now. He has a powerful serve  and game not dissimilar to that of Ivo Karlovic or John Isner. What he lacks right now is the consistency to make that count so he can get into higher ranked tournaments.

I'd say he's going to be the mover of the week :D
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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2014, 06:41:37 PM »
Olivetti rose 42 spots in the ranks after last week's QF finish at Montpellier.  :H
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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2014, 03:51:22 PM »
I watched on TV  Dolgopolov beat Ferrer in the Rio semi-final this afternoon. He played some spectacular tennis; far better than anything I witnessed in the few matches when I saw him play live last year and I'm wondering if he is about to break back to the top again. Apparently he is now number 54.

Rio looks like an agreeably warm place.   :(

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2014, 09:47:22 AM »
Batista-Agut should have been on everyone's radar by now. What a major omission.



 
Not so major. Flashes of great play isn't enough. But will check him out more frequently from now on.
 
Gulbis takes down Tsonga, another resurgence from Gulbis or
 
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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2014, 03:38:20 PM »
That was good final in Marseille from Gulbis. I thought he would lose his nerve after surrendering several critical points. Maybe he is getting serious in his old age. Pity but the tennis has certainly improved.

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2014, 11:57:35 AM »
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I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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Re: 2014 Watch List
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2014, 06:57:39 PM »
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« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2014, 10:12:14 PM »
Jack Sock.

Yeah, I know he's not good yet, but I think it's just a matter of time. Probably 2015 though.
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