Quick Hits 16 February 2014

Holding Form

  • Each of today’s ATP finals were won by the favorite.  Tomas Berdych took out a surprisingly (to me at least) resurgent Marin Cilic.  I figured the PED suspension would hurt Marin’s game for some time.  Instead, he’s started 2014 well.  Berdych builds on a strong Aussie Open showing.  A lot of people have been waiting on Berdych to do something after his 2004 Olympic splash, but, aside from May-July 2010, he’s been a very solid top 10 player who has not threatened for big trophies.  Maybe  the Big Czech looks at Melbourne and thinks he could have been in the final and beaten a spent/less than 100% Nadal.
  • David Ferrer winning a clay court event is not huge news.  He is either the second or third best clay court player on tour.  Still, beating a younger player in Fabio Fognini proves that Ferrer is an ageless as well as tireless player.
  • Kei Nishikori beat another ageless player in Ivo Karlovic.  Kei played well in Melbourne so a title here may be the start of a big year for him.  Gasquet was solid in early 2013 and built toward a semifinal appearance in New York.

Halep and Kerber

Simona Halep put together a comprehensive win over a quality opponent in Angelique Kerber.  I think Kerber can become a top 5 player if a lot of things break her way (I’d say work with Jimmy Connors perhaps).  I think Halep is on her way to the top 5 in the next 9-18 months.




2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ben Pronin says:

    It’s nice to see Kei playing well. Agree about Berdych. He said so himself that Wawrinka’s win is definitely motivating going forward. Ferrer is third best on clay after the top 2. Maybe even lower depending on how Wawrinka plays this year. He actually beat him last year.

    1. Dan Martin says:

      I think Nole would beat Ferrer on clay so that makes him #2 but Ferrer will play a lot more events on the dirt and do pretty well so I’d see him as 3rd even if he is not 3rd most likely to win Roland Garros.

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