Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko, Ernests Gulbis Back On Track

Michael CasentiCorrespondent IAugust 19, 2010

It might be a fluke, but I don't think so.  Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko, and Ernests Gulbis are back.  These three players are talented and good players, but recently slipped down the rankings because of inconsistency, illness, and injuries.

Andy Roddick, probably from the French Open onward, was suffering from mononucleosis, until about now.  Roddick made it to only the third round of French Open, and fourth round of Wimbledon, and suffered from more upsets during the start of the US hard court season. 

But there are reasons to hope for Roddick, because he just beat top-10 Robin Soderling in a three-set thriller in the third round at Cincinnati. Roddick and Soderling, two hard-hitting players, met that early because Roddick had slipped down the rankings to No. 13 because of some bad results.  But after beating a player as high a caliber as Soderling, Roddick must be brimming with confidence, after winning the third set tiebreak which lasted 12 points.

Nikolay Davydenko has been absent for a lot this season, missing with an injury. Before the injury occurred, Davydenko was on cloud nine, playing the best tennis of his life.  In the fall of 2009, Davydenko beat then World No. 1 (and soon to be?) Roger Federer, and then beat young gun Juan Martin Del Potro, who was fresh off his win at the US Open, at the World Tour Finals in London, making his second final in a row.

Then he won the tournament in Qatar, a warm-up for the Australian Open.  He beat Federer in straight sets, then beat Nadal in the final.  That put Davydenko in the group of players that beat Federer and Nadal in consecutive matches: Davydenko, Del Potro, and Djokovic. 

Davydenko played good tennis at the Australian Open, making the quarterfinals before losing to Roger Federer.  Davydenko was up a set and a break, and had break points to go up a double break.  However, Federer was able to up his game, but it was still considered a good grand slam for the Russian veteran. Davydenko is now in the quarters of the Cincinnati Masters, a good sign for the Russian tennis star.

Ernests Gulbis, long dubbed as one of the most talented players on the tour who hasn't risen to their potential, such as the David Nalbandians, and before this year, Tomas Berdychs of the world.  But things got better for Gulbis, who upset Roger Federer at the Italian Open, and almost upset King of Clay, Rafael Nadal.

However, Gulbis got injured at the French Open, the tournament in which he was considered the "dark horse."  But now, the tide has changed for Gulbis, as he pushed World No. 4 Andy Murray to the brink at the Cincinnati third round, succumbing to Murray in a third set tiebreak.  Gulbis must be proud of himself, although he will probably looked back at missed chances he had against the Scot.

These three talented players are finally back on track, as seen through there results. Will Rodick be back in the top 10?  Will Davydenko regain his form he had early this year?  Will the streaky Gulbis finally find some consistency in his game?  The three men are back, and back with a bang.