martin - johansson spoiler

martin - johansson spoiler

Post by Benjam » Sat, 09 Sep 2000 11:37:44


martin in 4:  6-4 6-4 3-6 7-5

johansson was up a break in the 4th, but martin broke back and then broke
again at 6-5 to take the match

hope this isn't the last we'll hear of johansson -- he has a great game,
and now that his injuries and heart probs are past, he may get back to the
career he was starting to have

certainly, this year's US Open has been a real coming out party for some
of the best of the new generation of players -- Hewitt, Safin, Ferrero,
Johansson, Kiefer, et al.  ... really, the only older players in the mix
were Sampras, Krajicek, Martin, and Moya

good to see Moya starting to get back some of his old form ... I think
he'll be back in top shape in 2001

other random thoughts:

Lapentti's 2000 has been disappointing, but possibly just a sophomore
slump (which even Sampras had) after his first really big year last year
... still, Nico and his brother Giovanni combined to beat the Brits in
Davis Cup, putting Ecuador in the World Group ... but they get to play
Australia in the first round -- in Australia ... oh well ...

Hrbaty continues to be a threat in any event he enters ... not clear he
has it in him to make through a two-week slam and win it, but he's a
dangerous spoiler in anyone's draw, and definitely has the potential to
win some events

the Moroccans are doing great -- Alami, Arazi, and El Aynaoui have shown
great games this year ... hope they keep it up in '01

plenty more musings where that came from ... enough for now

 
 
 

martin - johansson spoiler

Post by Gerar » Sun, 10 Sep 2000 04:09:01


Quote:

> hope this isn't the last we'll hear of johansson -- he has a great game,
> and now that his injuries and heart probs are past, he may get back to the
> career he was starting to have

The only thing he lacks is a real big reliable weapon to break the big
time.

Quote:
> Lapentti's 2000 has been disappointing, but possibly just a sophomore
> slump (which even Sampras had)

True, his best slam result was a 4th round.  But you'd call winning the '91
IBM/ATP championships and 3 other tournaments, plus 5 finalist appearances
with an overall 52-19 record "slumping"?  You got some tough standards
there.  Lapentti's best appearance at ANY tournament this year is an SF(?)
and so far he's 33-23.  Don't you think comparing Lapentti or any hot
up-and-comer to Sampras is a tad unfair?

Quote:
> Hrbaty continues to be a threat in any event he enters

I was first impressed by his play at the '97 AO vs. Sampras but he looks
like he'll need more work.  Reminds me of  '94 AO Kafelnikov pretty much
going for everything but needs much polishing.  

Quote:
> the Moroccans are doing great -- Alami, Arazi, and El Aynaoui have shown
> great games this year ... hope they keep it up in '01

Arazi just needs more match experience.  He impressed me vs. Philippoussis
and Rafter years back, his scrappiness and that "sneaky quick" serve.
Reminds me a lot of Rios in many ways but not such a head case like him and
I also think his lefthandedness is big help esp. on serve.  Alami enjoyed
his winning record over the Wimbledon champ for 4 years but that ended this
summer.  Alami reminds me too much of Slobodan Zivojinovic (even in build)
a lot of power and brawn but tries to blast his way out of trouble.

 
 
 

martin - johansson spoiler

Post by Ukrfa » Sun, 10 Sep 2000 07:27:56


Quote:
> certainly, this year's US Open has been a real coming out party for some
> of the best of the new generation of players -- Hewitt, Safin, Ferrero,
> Johansson, Kiefer, et al.  ... really, the only older players in the mix
> were Sampras, Krajicek, Martin, and Moya

Thomas Johansson
Birth Date: 24 March, 1975

Nicolas Kiefer
Birth Date: 5 July, 1977

Carlos Moya
Birth Date: 27 August, 1976

Why on Earth are Johansson and Kiefer "new generation", but Moya - "older
player" ???

Regards, Yury