Today we want to look back on the season 2014 and to write about the guys who have spiked this year. All of them made a real breakthrough but unfortunately remained unnoticed by the majority of tennis lovers. This is a reality. 70% of tennis related news is dedicated to the top 10 matters. All the rest stay in the shadow of the elite. We want to repair this outrageous injustice.
David Goffin in 2014 (Started season ranked 110 to finish it 22nd)
So our heroes today are the Belgian David Goffin, Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay and Nick Kyrgios, the native of Australia.
We’ll start with the lone Belgian in top 100. David Goffin. The 23-year-old guy made significant waves at the end of the season when he defeated all his opponents en his route to the final stages. Yes, most of his wins were gained at minor ATP-250 events and European Challengers, but still. Only top players managed to put Goffin in his place in the last months of the season. All of his close and lower-ranked opponents were easily smashed from the court. And it’s the first indication of the professional level: to slay those who match you. But to be completely honest, we should say that there are some hidden rocks with this young prodigy. Goffin belongs to the category of players who play well when they play a lot. Their performance directly depends upon the time spent on court. His strong points are ball feeling and current physical form. He produces very efficient flat shots with numerous backhand and forehand hits down the line. This style is very efficient and very aggressive when it works. But from the other point of view, it’s technically tough and pinpoint. That’s why the Belgian No. 1 may have long winning sessions as well as disastrous portions of the circuit. And the most difficult task for him is not to find his game, but to maintain it. Previously David couldn’t show high-level tennis in the long run. But now when he got more experience the way to the top 15 is open to him as luck would have it. And only time will show whether David Goffin is up to our expectations or not.
Pablo Cuevas in 2014 (Started season ranked 220 to finish it 33rd)
Like Goffin, Pablo Cuevas is another player who has defied all expectations in the world of tennis. He’s been long in tour but has displayed nothing special to date. Clay has always been favorable to him. But what happened this season? The Uruguayan has suddenly transformed and started to show excellent results not only on his best loved surface but, what surprises more, gained consistency on all types of courts. Even on grass Cuevas looked very decent. He also managed to found success on hard. The native of Uruguay has significantly improved his service play and backhand consistency. That’s it. Sounds easier than it is in reality. All of us remember Benoit Paire whose childish backhand deprives him of top results in men’s tour. But to date the French could do nothing to help it somehow. Cuevas was able to upgrade two playing elements which is a great job! We expect that Pablo will make keep on moving ahead to secure entry in top 20-25. His team describes him as a stubborn and hard-working mate. Even if he won’t set the Thames on fire, he’ll likely make a dent in men’s draw. That’s good!
Nick Kyrgios in 2014 (Started season ranked 182 to finish it 52nd)
Another young gun of our list is the Canberra teenager Nick Kyrgios. His hooligan behavior and relaxed playing style are both plus and negative sides of his performance. On one hand, it prevents him to fully reveal his potential as it’s very difficult to assume that he may be working hard during his training sessions. On the other hand, he reminds us of Marat Safin: no fear of anyone on the other side of the court and great confidence in his own abilities. He appears to feel no pressure at all. In our opinion, the latter of these elements would be very important to 80% of all male players who lack them. But unfortunately, they can’t be mastered or taught. Self-confidence is something which you are born with or not. At times the outcome of the whole match depends on a couple of rallies when only cold-blooded icemen get an edge and outplay their opponents. Mental struggle hasn’t been denied yet. And Nick Kyrgios is a real pro in this element. We could name you four close matches where he accelerated when most needed it. No doubts that Nick Kyrgios is a big talent with good technique, natural gift and lack of mental issues. Only his relaxed and cool attitude may pose some challenges. But he is still very young and has 1-2 seasons to overcome it. But even in the upcoming season 2015 he may improve his rankings by 15-20 positions. He positioned himself very nicely and can become a factor at the start of new season.
So these were the fast risers of this season. Let’s keep an eye on them and follow their noteworthy story.
Now watch the wonderful hot shots by David Goffin
Relevant news:Madrid QF preview and prediction: Cuevas v Zverev
Monte Carlo Masters SF previews and predictions: Pouille v Ramos-Vinolas, Goffin v Nadal
Miami QF preview and prediction: Zverev v Kyrgios
Indian Wells QF previews and predictions: Roger Federer v Nick Kyrgios
Indian Wells R4 previews and predictions: Pablo Carreno Busta v Pablo Cuevas, Stan Wawrinka v Dominic Thiem
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