Anticipation

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  1. BTURNER

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    What is it, how do you define it and who was especially good at it. Is it an educated guess using past patterns by your opponent either in that match or prior or etc to determine the likely direction all before the swing of the racket, or reading the body mechanics, facial expression and swing and hand/ racket face during the swing but before the racket hits or is it reading the ball off the racket earlier or a combination of all three?


    I'll give you these foks as being able to predict/ sense where the ball was going earlier than others: Evert, King, Sabatini, Shriver, Rosewall, McEnroe, Connors, and Wilander for starters.
     
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  2. kiki

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    Nastase, Laver.And, of coruse, Martina Hingis.
     
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  3. hawk eye

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    Miroslav Mecir, Andy Murray.
     
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    Mecir had also an uncanny sense of anticipation.
     
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    I think, Rosewall was the master of anticipation and positional play. Other players like Laver, Nastase or Okker looked faster and made more spectacular winners on the run, but Rosewall always stood in the right place (of course the wrong place for his opponent). He made his own court smaller than it actually was, moving swiftly into the right position. What made him especially dangerous, was, that he could move to the forecourt, too, and had a great volley, not a killer volley, but a solid stroke, that set up an easy winner for the next shot. This set him apart from a player like Djokovic, who is lacking that vertical movement for easy openings.
     
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    Federer, Nalbandian amongst those not already mentioned
     
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    Completely agree.
     
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    I always thought Mac seemed often able to pick up on which side the passer was coming. Kind of like Gretzky, always in the right place around the net at the right time.
     
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