2008 – the year of breaking through?

Tsonga can already say that I guess. He must keep up the good work of course, but when you go from relatively unknown to world star with nickname “Ali” in 2 weeks… well it doesn’t hurt your career! Nishikori became the youngest ATP title winner in ages a few weeks ago and will most likely rise into the top 50 if he plays like he did in Delray.

Yesterday another sensation struck the world of tennis. The Ukrainian Stokhovsky, that I mentioned yesterday, did in fact take down home favorite Ljubcic in straight sets. Not only is this a big performance, but he came in as lucky loser! A week ago he was probably not even ready to play 1st round and today he just clinched his first ATP title!

Robin Soderling doesn’t need to break through anymore, but there is clearly top 10 potential if he can play as well outdoors as he does indoors. But he is stil young and could be the Swede that carries the tradition to have at least one Swedish top player as Johansson and Bjorkman will fade out soon. Speaking of which, Memphis SF turned out to be the battle of the young guns vs the old guns. Soderling took care of Stepanek with the same numbers as against Roddick and Steve Darcis!! took care of Bjorkman in 3.

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Who is this? Steve Darcis I think I’m the only one (with some exceptions) to have mentioned him as a possible rocket this year. I haven’t really seen him play, but roumors say that he has the game to start hunting titles and upsetting big names. It will be a big test for him to go against the unstoppable Soderling, and see what level he can play on and if he handles the final pressure.

And if these players aren’t enough; here are a few more to look out for in 2008:
Cilic, Del Potro, Querrey, Sela, Zverev, Haase, Gulbis!, Ancic (come-back), Young…

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2 Responses to “2008 – the year of breaking through?”

  1. Tim Says:

    It may be that players who are low ranked are more motivated than the seeds. Besides, Nisikori and Stokhovsky are just establishing the fact that the current ATP tour is harder than ever.

  2. backhand Says:

    “current ATP tour is harder than ever”.. you bet! That is obvious considering how hard it is to get to the point where you start making serious cash. Top 100-200.

    But I don’t understand how you could argue that Ljubcic and Ancic weren’t motivated in Zagreb. That is their only home tournament and Ljubicic’s loss to a 200+ ranked player is not a result of lack of motivation.

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