Bradley Klahn, new NCAA Champion with 135 MPH Lefty serve

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  1. db379

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    what's his junior ranking?
     
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    I think #3 in 18's in USA. now that Klahn played Querry so close, do you think guys in NCAA next year will just give up with Fear.....:shock:
     
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    I'm not hiding anywhere. I was wrong, but hey, a lot closer than your prediction. That match was anything but close...
     
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    Another intelligent prediction from Fedace...
     
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    you have already proven your worth by predicting a blow out score. :(
     
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    I'm sorry, but you have been proven wrong when you predicted Klahn to beat Querrey. The important part is Querrey won...
     
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    at 4-4 in the 3rd with score 15-30 querry serving. Klahn made 3 unforced errors in a row to lose the game. that is just a mental error. He won't make that kind of mental mistake next year.
     
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    You can say that, but that doesn't mean it's true. We'll see next year...
     
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    All I can say is that Klahn wouldn't have won this match today, but he did play very well, and surprised quite a few... The surprising thing is that Klahn served with a very high % of 1st serves, and very good 1st serves too. Also, he did overpower Querrey most of the time in rallies, which was really unexpected. And one feels that he lost today because of his inexperience in pro matches, not because of his game per se.
     
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    Sock just lost against Chiudinelli, who is a nobody. He's been on the tour for 10 years and has never won anything, not even close. I think one can clearly say Klahn is a better player.
     
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    This is rather clever, Joel...
     
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    21 pages later and Klahn still lost.
     
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    "Academics comes first"

    HOT off the Stanford press room: "Academic come first" according to Klahn.



    Klahn Gives Sam Querrey A Scare In U.S. Open Match
    Klahn, who received a wild card entry into the main draw after winning this year's NCAA Singles title, challenged Querrey for the majority of the match.

    Junior Bradley Klahn gave 20th-seeded Sam Querrey a scare before dropping a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 decision on Wednesday morning during the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open.
    Sept. 1, 2010

    STANFORD, Calif.- Junior Bradley Klahn gave 20th-seeded Sam Querrey a scare before dropping a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 decision on Wednesday morning during the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open.

    Klahn, who received a wild card entry into the main draw after winning this year's NCAA Singles title, challenged Querrey for the majority of the match before a series of cramps affected his performance late in the contest. Overall, the match proved to be a great experience for the 20-year-old Klahn, who earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles this year after being named the ITA National Rookie of the Year in 2009.

    Playing in the first match of the day at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Querrey took the first set 6-3 before Klahn rebounded for a 6-4 victory to even the match at 1-1. Both players held their serve in the third set until Querrey finally broke Klahn in the final game to take the set 7-5.

    Facing deficits of 4-1 and 5-2 in the fourth set, Klahn eventually sliced Querrey's lead to 5-4 before dropping the final game in a valiant effort.

    Querrey held a 19-6 advantage in service aces, although Klahn owned a better first serve percentage (69 percent compared to Querrey's 50 percent). Klahn tallied 38 winners while Querrey finished with 33. But Klahn was victimized by 53 unforced errors compared to Querrey's 36.

    "My mom has always stressed that academics come first and going four sets with Sam makes it tempting but I'm pretty sure I'm coming back," said Klahn after the match. "A Stanford degree goes a long way and it's nice to have a backup plan. It'd be tough for me to leave school now. I'm having too much fun. But the ultimate goal is to become a professional tennis player."
     
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    nicely said by Brad. He has talent and he'll be back once he has his degree.
    If he can make it to the top 100 or better that's great for him, if not he'll have other opportunities with his degree.
     
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    Agree, John Isner staying thru the Senior year in Georgia didn't seem to hurt. Querry's case is little different. He was thinking of starting college but he got really HOT in that summer. and he won multiple challenger events. When you have people offering millions of dollars and telling you are going to be top 50 right away, it is tough to say no.:)
     
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    Agreed, trouble is, by the time he's done with academics, his contemporaries (of similar talent) would have left him behind and he may never reach his full potential.
     
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    Agree with you on that one. but i think benefits of staying outweight going pro at present time.
    On another note, why was Querry having so much problems with Klahn's serves ?? Spin ?? I was watching the match and Klahn was mostly serving 105-115 range.:confused:
     
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    His placement was really good.
     
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    Has anyone mentioned that Querry and Klahn have been practicing regularly together for the last two months? That can have a lot to do with the score of their match. Had I known that in advance I'd have predicted a slightly closer score. Still straight sets. I have to admit I'm a little impressed by how close it was and that Klahn got a set.

    In the end another missed prediction by Feddie. Where's Alex?
     
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    By the time he's out of college, He'll also have progressed, I'm sure of that. He'll be a better player, and of course it's not the same as playing with the pros, but that's not the most important. There are several examples of players who went to college, and were able to make it 2, 3 or 4 years later. The most important is to have the desire to win and to have the right attitude (and of course stay injury free). I think Brad knows where he's going, so I think he'll have a good chance at getting there.
     
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    I can't see the score.... anyone?
     
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    I'm not sure this is relevant. Players on the tour always practice with each other wherever they go. They all know each other pretty well, so I don't see how this is much different from what everybody else does.
     
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    If Klahn and Thacher were given wildcards, they would have won the Open. Thacher is even better than Klahn in doubles..:)
     
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    Words of wisdom, I suppose...
     
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    Klahn and Smyczek destroyed Monfils and his partner! Great to see Smee in the main draw of singles too (lost to Bellucci).
     
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    They are playing the bryan bros now.
     
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    yes they are playing the bryans. entertaining match. Klahn is showing some very good things for a non-pro! He seems to be more solid and has a better serve than his partner.
     
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    I am just wondering if all the guys in NCAA are trembling in fear of Klahn now ???:confused:
     
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    The only way other NCAA players would fear Klahn is if Mrs. Klahn had sextuplets and they made up the entire Stanford top 6. Other than that, Klahn's major existence in college tennis revolves around a week in May 2011 where everybody will be gunning for him.
     
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    :) the NCAA is not the only big tournament in college tennis. Klahn will be feared all year in all the competitions, Pac 10, NCAA, Sherwood cup (also won by Klahn in 2010) etc ...
     
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    If Klahn can repeat, congrats to him, but I'm not counting on it. I wish Somdev and Klahn could play each other sometime soon.
     
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    The fact Sam considers him a good friend and they practiced quite a bit together I believe had something to do with it being so close. Also, Sam was very disappointed for Khlan and himself they drew each other. Sam said the last guy he wanted to play first round was Klahn. Nothing to lose for Klahn everything to lose for Sam. All I'm saying is there was a little more involved emotionally between the two players leading up to the match than typical.

    May be relevent, may be not. I'm still impressed with Klahn's score with Sam and his doubles win.
     
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    Bradley Klahn #3 in pre-season rankings ???????? What is this world coming to ?


    STANFORD, Calif.- Both Stanford tennis programs are well-represented in the preseason edition of the Campbell/ITA national rankings, highlighted by five players from both teams on the singles side.

    2010 NCAA Singles champion Bradley Klahn is ranked No. 3 overall, joined in the top-50 by Alex Clayton at No. 46. Ryan Thacher checks in at No. 59, Greg Hirshman is No. 110 and Denis Lin appears at No. 125.

    Stanford's top doubles team of Klahn and Thacher is ranked No. 2 while the pairing of Clayton and Hirshman ranks No. 55.

    On the women's side, Hilary Barte has been a fixture among the top-10 throughout her career and is tabbed No. 2 in the preseason. Mallory Burdette is ranked No. 21 while Stacey Tan is rated No. 46. Freshmen Kristie Ahn (No. 1) and Nicole Gibbs (No. 5) appear in the freshman singles rankings.

    The duo of Barte and Burdette is ranked No. 3, and the tandem of Ahn and Gibbs comes in at No. 58.
     
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    JP Smith at #1 in NCAA division 1 ? did he win the NCAA tournament last year ?
     
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    Ranking systems account for more than one tournament. That's like saying you deserve to be number 1 in the world after winning one grandslam...
     
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    nope, just had a better season overall, like my alma mater's barriCunha, who had the most ridiculous season for a freshman in as long as i've been following college tennis

    btw, UVA has 5 players in the main draw of the ITA all-american (four guys in the top-30 plus the #1 freshman in Domjian)...besides the host school with its wildcard having 3, no other program has more than 2

    FedAce, still think Stanford can beat that team?

    btw Duke and its #1 dubs team (read: not Klahn and Thacher) are better than the continually regressing cardinals this year too, sorry, you guys had a good run that some of us that are alive can still remember
     
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    Did Whitlinger hire anyone for the new season? Who will be in the line up for Stanford besides the usual suspects?
     
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    As a fan of USC I must say I detest everything related to Stanford but Bradley Klahn is going to be legit in the pros.
     
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    I don't think so, what do you mean by legit? Top 50, top 100 or fizzle out after all of those wild card entries?

    I see hitches in his forehand and serve, but time will tell. Of course, I can be wrong and he may pleasantly surprise us all. But at least I got to see the kid play in SoCal during those Open matches when he played junior tourneys.

    He reminds me a little of a young Roddick going for broke and relying on his forehand and serve.
     
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    It's too early to talk about him playing pro. He still has 2 years in college before he can even think about turning pro.

    How long ago did you see him play in juniors?
    Klahn has grown a lot as a player over the last year or two, his shots are more powerful today than they were a year ago, and it doesn't look to me that he goes for broke. He seems to be pretty patient in rallies most of the time, and attack the short balls.
     
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    I saw him played in Anaheim in 2006. Yes, he's bigger and stronger. I was not saying about his junior tennis, I simply stated that it was nice to see a kid play near your backyard and then a few years later you see him play on Armstrong Stadium in the USOpen. We differ on the playing style of Klahn, I see him as a free-swinging player with no strategies, and you see him as a pretty patient player. But let's see how he'll play when he has to play the qualies to get into the tourneys if he wants to test the pro scene later on.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Brad is talented, and I think he knows what he has to do to get where he wants to be. I was talking from watching him play his first two seasons at Stanford. I can clearly see a strong progression in his playing style. Among college players, he is probably one of the most stable, regular and patient players out there. Among pros.... well, he's not there yet. But patience and choosing the right shots come with experience. No doubt he would have learned something from his summer on the pro tour.
     
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    Bradley has turned into a shot maker over the years. before he came to stanford, he was more of keep the ball in play and open up the court with Lefty spins. but now he can rip a winner from anywhere on the court. and he has developed a pretty good 1st serve. Ok, he doesn't fire the serve at 135 MPH all the time but he can pump it up there when he needs it.:) and that is the mark of a good server.
     
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    Don't know about this one, but let's see what will happen during the next two years. Yes, Donald Young can crank it up there too, he was serving in the 135+mph too. Honestly, I am not impressed with his serve or his forehand.

    Of course, time will tell if I am wrong or not but I am not betting on this one.
     
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    He has fizzled
     
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