2014 Numbers for 3 Players
Both Men are in Grass Court Finals Tomorrow
ATP 250 Level:
Player X – 2 Titles
Player Y – 1 Runner-up Finish, 1 Pending Final
Player Z – 1 Title, 1 Pending Final
ATP 500 Level:
Player X – N/A
Player Y – 1 Title
Player Z – 1 Title
ATP Masters 1000 Level:
Player X – 2 Quarterfinal Finishes
Player Y – 2 Runner-up Finishes, 1 Quarterfinal Finish
Player Z – 1 Semifinal Finish
Grand Slam Level:
Player X – 1 Semifinal Finish
Player Y – 1 Semifinal Finish, 1 Round of 16 Finish
Player Z – 1 Quarterfinal Finish
Player X is Ernests Gulbis, Player Y is Roger Federer and Player Z is Grigor Dimitrov
Gulbis is 25, and Dimitrov is 23. Federer is 32 and closing in on his Larry Bird year. Yet, Federer has been the most consistent of the 3. Milos Raonic has been more consistent than Roger in 2014, but still lacks the high quality Masters 1000 and Grand Slam points Roger has accumulated. Tennis typically produced top 10 contenders every 2-3 years. The Era of the Big 4 has enforced such an oligopoly on Grand Slam and Masters 1000 successes that a player 10 years Roger’s junior putting up Federer 2014’s numbers would be looked upon as a future star.
If any player under the age of 25 had posted a 8-2 record in Grand Slam play, reached the final round of Indian Wells and Monte Carlo, won Dubai, posted 2 wins over Djokovic along with wins over Berdych, Tsonga, and Murray while reaching the final of Brisbane and Halle, tennis would be hailing this guy as new blood and a challenger for top crowns. Instead, the usual suspects are reigning. We can hope for the future of the sports that Raonic, Dimitrov, Dolgopolov, and others keep adding to solid showings they’ve had.
The ATP and Pepsi Should Consider Doing an Uncle Roger Commercial
PS – Consider Murray’s 9-2 Grand Slam Record
If one thinks I am just pushing Federer, consider Murray’s 2014. In many ways it has not been a great year for Andy, but he has reached the quarterfinal round of the Australian Open, the semifinal round of the French Open along with quarterfinal finishes in Miami and Rome.