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Huge age differentials (re: Kyrgios vs. Stepanek)
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Huge age differentials (re: Kyrgios vs. Stepanek)
18-year old Australian Nick Kyrgios just defeated 34-year old Radek Stepanek in what must have been one of the greatest age differentials in a Grand Slam, at least in some years. Anyone remember a differential that big? I imagine Nadal played someone pretty old, and of course if we go back to Becker and Chang we've probably got some massive differentials.

Kyrgios is a player that I've mentioned as being someone to keep an eye on. I don't know his game, but he was a very successful junior player (having won the junior AO this year) and is one of the youngest players on tour - he just turned 18 a month ago.

Speaking of young players, another to look out for is 19-year old Jiri Vesely. He's got a tough first round match against Phillip Kohlschreiber coming up but hey, at least he made it through the qualification rounds.
27-May-2013 09:05 AM
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RE: Huge age differentials (re: Kyrgios vs. Stepanek)
That was ridiculous, Radek is almost twice Kyrgios's age. It will be interesting to see if he can build on it, but Vesely looks to me like a real threat to zoom through the rankings, he is close to get into top 100 and he is rock solid on the challenger tour.
27-May-2013 09:21 AM
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RE: Huge age differentials (re: Kyrgios vs. Stepanek)
I figure at just 18, Kyrgios has to be pretty talented to beat Stepanek, who is a consistent top 40 player. And yeah, Vesely looks pretty good. I don't expect much from either for another year or two, but maybe this time next year we'll be talking about Vesely like we are Dimitrov and Janowicz.
27-May-2013 05:35 PM
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RE: Huge age differentials (Kyrgios vs. Stepanek)
(27-May-2013 05:35 PM)El Dude Wrote:  I figure at just 18, Kyrgios has to be pretty talented to beat Stepanek, who is a consistent top 40 player. And yeah, Vesely looks pretty good. I don't expect much from either for another year or two, but maybe this time next year we'll be talking about Vesely like we are Dimitrov and Janowicz.

not on clay, no. you just have to be fitter (at this point in time) to outgun stepanek on clay. most if not all of the worm's weapons are muted in this surface plus the age doesn't help to outgrind a hungry, fresh teen.

having said that, i haven't watched the match so i can't really say
27-May-2013 05:55 PM
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