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tennis_pro
06-21-2011, 11:06 AM
Is he the last man standing who had his major success on grass?

BobFL
06-21-2011, 11:12 AM
There is a guy called Federer...

tusharlovesrafa
06-21-2011, 11:14 AM
http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/images/full/2011/01/03/57612-cows-feed-on-grass-as-they-roam-the-hills-near-pleasanton-ca.jpg

hoosierbr
06-21-2011, 01:27 PM
He can't be much of one if he can't get out of the first round at Wimbledon.

Buckethead
06-21-2011, 01:39 PM
Federer anybody??

Llodra??

Raonic, Petzschner??

Watch out for Raonic in the years to come, He will spoil the parties, He is the one I'm gonna pick to win next year, even though this year he can still go far and may as well take Nadal out.

Moose Malloy
06-21-2011, 01:45 PM
Federer anybody??


the definition of grass specialist is someone who only has good results on grass & does virtually nothing anywhere else. fed really doesn't qualify.

someone like mahut does(queens final, newport final)

or say alexander popp.

Buckethead
06-21-2011, 01:47 PM
the definition of grass specialist is someone who only has good results on grass & does virtually nothing anywhere else. fed really doesn't qualify.

someone like mahut does(queens final, newport final)

or say alexander popp.

LOL,

so I guess Nadal isn't a clay court specialist.:)

rainingaces
06-21-2011, 01:49 PM
Karol Beck has his best results on grass as does Oli Rochus, arguably Karlovics best surface.

Moose Malloy
06-21-2011, 01:51 PM
^not many specialists of any kind today, most do well on all surfaces.
I remember the years it was a rare to have just one player make the qf at the french & wimbledon in the same year(or the french & uso in the same year)

it was almost like there were different tours.

now it will be a major surprise if we don't have the same semi lineup as the french at wimbledon this year. so weird, still can't get used to how predictable men's tennis has become.

1970CRBase
06-21-2011, 02:09 PM
If there aren't surface specialists anymore, its because the tennis powers have decided it wasn't desirable and have manipulated it their way. Players don't have much choice, whatever their natural gamestyle and talent was, they can only do whatever they can to win, which is to say whatever game works best under these present bland and blended almost same surfaces and conditions where the QFs and SFs are therefore almost always the same people, irrespective of surface. If you think about it, the Isner/Mahut match (today) is pretty ridiculous, seeing their respective strengths and weaknesses and playing styles.

As for Mahut, to h@ll with it, he's going to serve volley every point because he likes to.

tennis_fan_182
06-21-2011, 02:30 PM
Federer anybody??

Llodra??

Raonic, Petzschner??

Watch out for Raonic in the years to come, He will spoil the parties, He is the one I'm gonna pick to win next year, even though this year he can still go far and may as well take Nadal out.

Yeh he may as well. I mean if it's not too out of his way or anything. If he can be bothered. May as well.

jaggy
06-21-2011, 02:45 PM
James Ward

snowpuppy
06-21-2011, 03:08 PM
I think they just call Nadal a "Natural surface" specialist

tacou
06-21-2011, 03:25 PM
he's 0-2 vs Isner @ wimbledon

IvanisevicServe
06-21-2011, 03:32 PM
I'd love to see what Mahut could do on the fast grass of the 90's...and if he could stay healthy. As soon as I got a look at his knee today, I knew he didn't have a chance in this one.

Andres
06-21-2011, 03:44 PM
Daniele Bracciali was sort of a 'grass specialist'. Nowadays he only plays doubles, which is a shame. It is so rare to find a player that actually thought HIS FAVOURITE SURFACE is grass.

tennis_fan_182
06-21-2011, 03:45 PM
I think they just call Nadal a "Natural surface" specialist

I think they just call him a tennis specialist.

tacou
06-21-2011, 06:07 PM
I was surprised to see Arnaud Clement is 3 or 4 on tour with most grass court wins

The Baseline
06-21-2011, 06:12 PM
Federer anybody??

Llodra??

Raonic, Petzschner??

Watch out for Raonic in the years to come, He will spoil the parties, He is the one I'm gonna pick to win next year, even though this year he can still go far and may as well take Nadal out.

Llodra is an amazing indoor player. I dont know why but there seem to be a lot of players that play better indoors. Its crazy.

Tennis Is Magic
06-21-2011, 06:16 PM
:confused:

>mfw a grass court specialist loses 1st round at Wimbledon two years in a row

IvanisevicServe
06-21-2011, 07:31 PM
:confused:

>mfw a grass court specialist loses 1st round at Wimbledon two years in a row

A "grass court specialist" doesn't mean "an elite grass court player." Just that he's really only any kind of threat on grass, which is true, as he hasn't done anything anywhere else. It's like how, say, Jose Acasuso is a clay court specialist. He was never a big force at the French Open, per se, but he was a dangerous, under-the-radar player on that surface.

However, he had championship point against Roddick in 2007 Queen's, reached the 3rd round of Wimbledon in 2006, losing to Federer (and he was the only guy besides Nadal to force Federer to play a tiebreak in a set that tournament), he was a Wimbledon juniors champion, and his game is suited for grass.

He definitely has the talent to do a R16 or QF at Wimbledon. Whether he has the durability or the mental toughness is another question.

slice bh compliment
06-21-2011, 07:39 PM
Grass or clay court specialists do not really exist anymore. Surfaces, balls, strings and styles have all merged.

Remember Paul Chamberlain? Chip Hooper. Eric Korita? Richard Matuszewski? Tim Mayotte? Kevin Curren? Chris Lewis? Vlad Voltchkov of Belarus? These guys salivated when it was grass season. I think Henman, Flipper and Roddick liked the old grass and the livelier ball, too.

Now, maybe you could say Llorda, Mahut and a few others. But it is no longer in anyone's interest to be a grass court specialist.

bolo
06-21-2011, 07:49 PM
Daniele Bracciali was sort of a 'grass specialist'. Nowadays he only plays doubles, which is a shame. It is so rare to find a player that actually thought HIS FAVOURITE SURFACE is grass.

he was very entertaining in that roddick wimbledon match from a few years back.