– It’s clear that Marcell is not a consistent player, and because of that many people think that he doesn’t deserve his ranking (#23), which may be right, because till RG he had a 7-10 W/L on the season, here in Paris he has done his annually great run, taking advantage of an easy draw to reach R4. However, I think that his run stops at R4 vs Ferrer Let’s take a look at his best runs since 2008:
2008: Was ranked #84 coming into Houston, not having reached an ATP SF in his life, he beated Gulbis Luckzak, Daniel, Odesnik & #8 ranked James Blake in the final. Afterwards, his only good tournament was Madrid ( reaching R2, beating #29 Mathieu and pushing Tsonga to three sets). He ended the season around Top-60.
2009: Was more consistent than in 2008, getting 16 ATP wins but lacked a big win or great run, started great with SF in Chennai and R2 in Australian Open, getting into Top-50 for the first time. Got 3 wins on the Golden Swing, one in each tournament ( Costa do Sauipe, Buenos Aires & Acapulco), and failed to defend his Houston title, losing in R2 to Haas. He got his second M-1000 win in Monte-Carlo, over Acasuso. He also played great in Wimbledon, defeating Andreas Beck and losing to Soderling in 4 tight sets. Only got three more ATP wins, in Bucarest, Hamburg & US Open, beating two Top-55 players like Vasallo and Zverev. His highest ranked win of the season was vs #46 Acasuso in MC R1. Ended the year around Top-100.
2010: Reached R2 at Aussie Open, beating #8 ranked Soderling in five sets, and continued his fine form getting to Santiago QF, losing in two TB’s to Gonzalez. Reached R2 at Costa do Sauipe and Buenos Aires, beating Zeballos in Brasil. Played two CH’s in Morocco, with a F and a SF. Defeated #41 Kubot in Barcelona and did not win another match till RG when he defeated home favourite Paul-Henri Mathieu, and losing in a 4 setter to Baghdatis. Another R2 at Wimbly, and R3 at Queens. His first SF of the year came at Bucharest, beating Hanescu and Starace on the way. Lost in Valencia qualies, but entered the main draw as a LL, and he beated Paire, Andujar, Monaco and Simon en route to the final, where he lost to Ferrer. He ended the year in the Top-50 for the first time.
2011: Won 2 matches in 6 tournaments, but he got better in Miami, beating B.Becker, #13 Wawrinka, #25 Llodra before losing to Ferrer. Got two good wins in clay season, beating #16 Troicki in Belgrade and #28 Davydenko in Madrid. In RG he got to R2, taking a set off Gasquet. He got to QF in Sttutgart, beating Seppi, and won Gstaad, beating three Top-20 players, Wawrinka, Youzhny and Verdasco. Reached QF at Kitzbuhel and R3 at USO. Also he won Valencia, beating great players like Dolgopolov, Cilic, Monfils, Del Potro and Monaco. Ended the year in Top-30
2012: Started bad the season, best result till Rome were R2 at Acapulco, Indian Wells and Madrid, beating Bellucci, Haas and Berlocq. In Rome he beated Top-20 player F.Lopez, and reached R3. In RG he beated Jaziri and Mathieu in 5 sets to reach R4.