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supersmash
05-27-2009, 07:04 AM
During his match with Safin, I noticed something:

Could it be the holy grail of rackets?

Just like Federer, except he's.......

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/06jpeaf7xB035/610x.jpg

...not that good.

slice bh compliment
05-27-2009, 07:15 AM
LOL, not that good.

He's playing well, though. Yet another good French player on the men's tour.
He is playing Safin today, so he will get some air time. I wish him well.
Allez Joss!

aceroberts13
05-27-2009, 07:26 AM
How do you figure he's not that good?

supersmash
05-27-2009, 08:06 AM
How do you figure he's not that good?


He's not that good because he's.....





...a lower ranked player.

sureshs
05-27-2009, 08:10 AM
He needs to move to a bigger racquet in order to not remain a low ranked player

samster
05-27-2009, 08:33 AM
He needs to move to a bigger racquet in order to not remain a low ranked player

using your logic, you should use a big bubba so you can be an ATP pro.

samster
05-27-2009, 08:36 AM
He needs to move to a bigger racquet in order to not remain a low ranked player

Also your low ranked player is ahead against a former 2-time grandslam tournament winner.

scraps234
05-27-2009, 08:57 AM
He needs to move to a bigger racquet in order to not remain a low ranked player

he should stay with the one hes using because hes come so far already with it...a bigger racket might mess him up

Bhagi Katbamna
05-27-2009, 09:00 AM
He needs to get rid of the James Blake look(shaved head with headband) to go up in the rankings.

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 09:10 AM
He needs to move to a bigger racquet in order to not remain a low ranked player
He uses a bigger racquet than Safin and Safin won 2 Grand Slams and was ranked #1.

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 09:38 AM
BTW, this guy is darn good! Great forehand, backhand, and serve. Must be the racquet. :)

I'm surprised I've never heard of him before.

VGP
05-27-2009, 10:22 AM
I'm surprised BP, I swear I've heard his name crop up in the "no pros or juniors are using the k90" discussions.....

Gemini
05-27-2009, 10:38 AM
I took a look at his junior record and he's apparently a peer to Monfils, Baghdatis, Tsonga, Monaco and several other pros that have greater recognition. From watching him play, he's got good feel and moves well but he seems to be a little "casual" at times.

NikeWilson
05-27-2009, 10:43 AM
What Nike shoes is he wearing??? (on tv against Safin) those are tight!

akybo
05-27-2009, 10:46 AM
Wow,this guy just beat Safin with that "inferior" racquet :)

aceroberts13
05-27-2009, 10:51 AM
He's not that good because he's.....





...a lower ranked player.

Because all the greats start at the top, thats right. I'd forgotten that. Thanks for reminding me.

Sword
05-27-2009, 11:19 AM
How are you sure it is a k90 and not a 95 or other?

kobe3pointer
05-27-2009, 11:25 AM
How are you sure it is a k90 and not a 95 or other?

... did you even look at the picture?

leonidas1982
05-27-2009, 11:27 AM
inspiring tennis.

slice bh compliment
05-27-2009, 11:45 AM
Wow,this guy just beat Safin with that "inferior" racquet :)

SPOILER ALERT!

Actually, I just saw the end, but you might catch a little flak for revealing the result....I'm thinking of the guys who cannot watch at work.
...
anyway, yeah, sweet strokes on that kid. Mentally, I think he took a few steps up this week. I'm a Joss fan.

tonyg11
05-27-2009, 11:51 AM
nice win too bad Safin played like crap and needs to start playing on faster surfaces to get wins back under his belt. The clay kills his game physically and mentally

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 11:54 AM
How are you sure it is a k90 and not a 95 or other?
Positive that it's a K90.

Looks like K90 sales are now going to go through the roof! :)

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 11:55 AM
nice win too bad Safin played like crap and needs to start playing on faster surfaces to get wins back under his belt. The clay kills his game physically and mentally
I thought Safin played great and served incredibly well, especially on critical points. Ouanna just played better.

KuanMaster
05-27-2009, 11:58 AM
safin could have won, if he would have hit more balls on joss his backhand

sureshs
05-27-2009, 12:03 PM
Also your low ranked player is ahead against a former 2-time grandslam tournament winner.

That player uses a head size of 89.5 sq inch so it is not surprising.

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 12:18 PM
safin could have won, if he would have hit more balls on joss his backhand
He tried, but then Joss would just hit a screaming down-the-line winner with his backhand. :)

chrisplchs
05-27-2009, 12:22 PM
Positive that it's a K90.

Looks like K90 sales are now going to go through the roof! :)

Defintiely a K90 or some version of the 90 having picked it up and hit with it before, very stock-like also

Sword
05-27-2009, 12:56 PM
Well the k95 has an identical paintjob

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 01:00 PM
Well the k95 has an identical paintjob
Most people on this board know their racquets very well and can tell a K90 from a K95 from a mile away. :)

VGP
05-27-2009, 01:02 PM
ok....more pics:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/9b/fullj.2447fe39043d6189ab7873cedd49dec5/2447fe39043d6189ab7873cedd49dec5-getty-tennis-fra-open-roland-garros.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/54/fullj.ee489b3af2a6573cb6310132bfbf10ac/ee489b3af2a6573cb6310132bfbf10ac-getty-tennis-fra-open-roland-garros.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/c9/fullj.601d23c03084823c36693599827a37e7/601d23c03084823c36693599827a37e7-getty-tennis-fra-open-roland-garros.jpg

vsbabolat
05-27-2009, 01:04 PM
^^^^^
Thanks!! That sure is the K6-1 Tour 90.

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 01:04 PM
^^^^
If that's not a K90 then I'm Roger Federer himself. :)

Not only is the throat a dead giveaway, but the headsize, string pattern, box beam, beam width, etc., etc.

vsbabolat
05-27-2009, 01:08 PM
Not only does Ouanna use the K6-1 Tour 90 he also has a one-handed backhand.

VGP
05-27-2009, 01:11 PM
Yeah, it's nice to see more pros using the frame. In Ouanna's case, his aren't kept all shiny and new like Federer's. Check the wear at the sides of the head.....

bluescreen
05-27-2009, 01:21 PM
is it just me, or does it look like he wraps his overgrip in the opposite direction of the grip?

u can see the indentations of the base grip going opposite of the overgrip. interesting.

THESEXPISTOL
05-27-2009, 01:28 PM
is it just me, or does it look like he wraps his overgrip in the opposite direction of the grip?

u can see the indentations of the base grip going opposite of the overgrip. interesting.

yeah you're right. That should be some kind o habbit

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 01:53 PM
Not only does Ouanna use the K6-1 Tour 90 he also has a one-handed backhand.
And a very good one at that. :)

As many people know, the K90 is a GREAT racquet for hitting one-handed backhands! :)

DunlopDood
05-27-2009, 02:34 PM
Can't believe safin blew this one, this guy had the weakest one hander I have ever seen at the pro level. Safin should have stepped on this guy's throat when he had the chance! Oh well, see you at Wimbledon Marat.

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 03:14 PM
Can't believe safin blew this one, this guy had the weakest one hander I have ever seen at the pro level. Safin should have stepped on this guy's throat when he had the chance! Oh well, see you at Wimbledon Marat.
I'm not sure what match you were watching, but the one I saw, he was hitting backhand winners left and right past Safin.

Conquistador
05-27-2009, 03:25 PM
Where does he rank out of France's top pros??

Mastadon_10S
05-27-2009, 03:29 PM
What Nike shoes is he wearing??? (on tv against Safin) those are tight!

courtballistics 1.3 clay version

Conquistador
05-27-2009, 03:31 PM
+1 for Roger Federer--his racquet designs are catching on.

quest01
05-27-2009, 03:37 PM
And a very good one at that. :)

As many people know, the K90 is a GREAT racquet for hitting one-handed backhands! :)

Not really, there are other racquets that are better at hitting one handed backhands.

Max G.
05-27-2009, 03:38 PM
Where does he rank out of France's top pros??

He's currently the 16th-ranked Frenchman, at #134.

With the Gasquet cocaine scandal and with Santoro about to retire, he maybe should be considered the 14th; with the ranking points from this French Open he might move past Adrian Mannarino at #128; maybe, I don't know how the points will work out. If he's really really good, he might move past Mathieu Montcourt at #123 even though Montcourt fought through qualies and got to the 2nd round. So at best, he'll soon be the 12th-best Frenchman... at best.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/3/en/rankings/entrysystem/default.asp?showall=0&RankDate=5%2F25%2F2009&country=France&rank=0

BreakPoint
05-27-2009, 03:42 PM
Not really, there are other racquets that are better at hitting one handed backhands.
The only one I know of that's better for hitting 1HBH's is the KPS88. :)

samster
05-27-2009, 05:15 PM
He needs to move to a bigger racquet in order to not remain a low ranked player

Also your low ranked player is ahead against a former 2-time grandslam tournament winner.

That player uses a head size of 89.5 sq inch so it is not surprising.

You have physical proof Safin's racket is 89.5 sq inch? If so, that would be so neat. Please take some pictures, measure the balance, static weight, and swing weight just like you asked Fabfed (repeatedly) to do with Roger Federer's K90.

I am sure the rest of the TTW community is interested in your findings on Safin's racket. Thanks so much.

DunlopDood
05-27-2009, 09:18 PM
I'm not sure what match you were watching, but the one I saw, he was hitting backhand winners left and right past Safin.

Safin gave him too much of a target. The winners he did hit came off poor Safin aproach shots. I could tell, by the weak technique, that if Safin really started pounding away at that backhand this guy would start shanking the ball left and right. Alas Safin just isn't the player he once was.

Cesc Fabregas
05-27-2009, 11:42 PM
This guy is a good player great forehand, good serve, good athlete, mean slice but he does have a weak topspin backhand but apart from that he has a good game.

BreakPoint
05-28-2009, 12:02 AM
This guy is a good player great forehand, good serve, good athlete, mean slice but he does have a weak topspin backhand but apart from that he has a good game.
I guess you didn't see all the topspin backhand passing shots that he ripped past Safin, especially the one near the end where Safin dove for the ball and threw his racquet but still couldn't reach the dipping passing shot.

ace-nelis
05-28-2009, 12:04 AM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-05-24/200905241243192945062.html

Nice interview with are rising star,,
He had a lot of injuries and just changed his additude,,
otherwise he would have been wright in between monfils and tsonga

Cesc Fabregas
05-28-2009, 12:10 AM
I guess you didn't see all the topspin backhand passing shots that he ripped past Safin, especially the one near the end where Safin dove for the ball and threw his racquet but still couldn't reach the dipping passing shot.

He did hit a couple of nice passing shots but his topspin backhand was weak in the back court rallies thats why he used his excellent slice most of the time.

PED
05-28-2009, 08:23 AM
You have physical proof Safin's racket is 89.5 sq inch? If so, that would be so neat. Please take some pictures, measure the balance, static weight, and swing weight just like you asked Fabfed (repeatedly) to do with Roger Federer's K90.

I am sure the rest of the TTW community is interested in your findings on Safin's racket. Thanks so much.

Remember that Safin is using the Head mid which measures differently than many of the other manufacturers so while it says 93 on the throat, it measures 89.5 at the head due to Head's way of doing things.

Didn't Craig and Geoff use a Safin PJ for Mega Review #3, so they could likely confirm the size. :)

BreakPoint
05-28-2009, 09:02 AM
He did hit a couple of nice passing shots but his topspin backhand was weak in the back court rallies thats why he used his excellent slice most of the time.
He used his slice backhand to mix things up and to keep the rally going which is the right strategy on slow red clay. Going for winners on every groundstroke from behind the baseline is a losing proposition on clay. Safin also had trouble handling his slice backhands and tried to hit winners off of it many times which resulted in total mishits that went way out. So if you're winning points from using it, why not keep hitting the slice backhand?

PED
05-28-2009, 09:44 AM
^^I have to admit that his BH ended up being a lot more effective than the stroke itself actually looked...which I guess is what really matters. He did seem to pass Safin at will in the 5th.

His FH on the other hand was out of this world. Safin was barely hanging on at a few points. I was surprised at how often he was able to run around the bh and really rip the fh. I guess he was doing so much with his fh when he did it that he had the time to cover the court.

Killer made an interesting point about Ouanna leaving the fh in the middle of the court against a player other than Safin. Either way, what a great match. I was just impressed that Ouanna kept swinging instead of tightening up :)

chiru
05-28-2009, 10:11 PM
He used his slice backhand to mix things up and to keep the rally going which is the right strategy on slow red clay. Going for winners on every groundstroke from behind the baseline is a losing proposition on clay. Safin also had trouble handling his slice backhands and tried to hit winners off of it many times which resulted in total mishits that went way out. So if you're winning points from using it, why not keep hitting the slice backhand?

i donno bp i'm gonna have to disagree with you on this one. when he hit winners tehy were pretty good but i think some of that (liek when safin dove) had to do with safin having not the best agility, specially up at net on a clay court. his backhand 'rally ball' really had nothing on it. no spin, no pace, not a lot of depth. as i watched it i was trying to figure out if i had seen such a bad backhand on tour. he sliced well, i'll give him that. sorta like steffi graf, except, he didn't slice enough to be her...

TheShaun
05-29-2009, 04:09 PM
BTW, this guy is darn good! Great forehand, backhand, and serve. Must be the racquet. :)

I'm surprised I've never heard of him before.

took the words right out of my mouth. i really enjoyed watching him play. hope to see more in the future.

Fedace
05-29-2009, 04:10 PM
It is a PJ. it is not really K90. lol

scraps234
05-29-2009, 06:09 PM
It is a PJ. it is not really K90. lol

really? i heard it was the real thing?

BreakPoint
05-29-2009, 06:30 PM
really? i heard it was the real thing?
It is.

This guy has hit with Ouanna's actual racquet:
Defintiely a K90 or some version of the 90 having picked it up and hit with it before, very stock-like also

dincuss
05-29-2009, 06:40 PM
Nat gut mains
BB original crosses?

chrisplchs
05-29-2009, 07:43 PM
Nat gut mains
BB original crosses?

BB original full, the time I used it

tomas9848
10-04-2009, 11:45 AM
so what racquet does he use??

vsbabolat
10-04-2009, 06:11 PM
so what racquet does he use??

The Wilson K6-1 Tour 90

tomas9848
10-04-2009, 06:44 PM
thanks. he is tha bomb.

Cl1ntrock
11-28-2009, 04:02 PM
yea he is a good guy..i know him a bit..and played him few times..
the raquet is of the shelf..suits his style..he rips the **** out of it live..
the strings i was curious about as well???anybody know??didnt realize back then when i saw him

BigSkyChamp
11-28-2009, 06:27 PM
He needs to move to a bigger racquet in order to not remain a low ranked player

This dude is unquestionably the most rediculous poster on tt, except maybe fedace, but a close second indeed.

maddogz32
12-01-2009, 02:36 PM
He needs to get rid of the James Blake look(shaved head with headband) to go up in the rankings.

cause everyone knows that if you look like james blake you will play as bad as him

OliverSimon
12-01-2009, 05:04 PM
He needs to move to a bigger racquet in order to not remain a low ranked player

+1 Lmao!
:)
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