This week has been a good one for the young guys, specially for Grigor Dimitrov, born in 1991 and Top-50. This week has been great for him, beating Brian Baker, fellow youngstar and #13 Raonic, Melzer and Baghdatis, and pushing Murray to the edge; serving for the 1st set and having a break lead in the 2nd. ( he lost 76 64)
. Other young players which went far this week were Aljaz Bedene, slovenian player from 1989, which hadn’t made a breakthrough so far on the ATP, and made it in Chennai, beating Haase and #17 Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets, before taking a set off Tipsarevic. Another 1989 player, frenchman Benoît Paire made Chennai SF’s, getting his 1st top-20 win over #15 Marin Cilic 7/5 in the third, displaying his huge variety and fluid strokes. It was also good to see German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, CH finals winner in 2011 and. a player with good wins on tour, back on the right track after a difficult 2012. In Chennai he made R2 from the qualy, beating Sisjling and losing to Wawrinka. Also, 1989 born Nishikori reached Brisbane SF’s, beating notably Alex Dolgopolov.Still, not everything was bright for young players, as Ryan Harrison disappointed, losing in Brisbane R1 to Tommy Robredo, out of top-100. Also, we were expecting David Goffin to beat Melzer on Brisbane R2, but he fell with much of a fight on R2.
Honourable Mention to Roberto Bautista, 1988 born, but who deserves a mention because he reached Chennai F, beating Berdych and Paire on the way. He plays today Janko Tipsarevic.