Improvements you've noticed in players' games

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  1. PascalMariaFan

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    At the Australian this year I noticed Almagro standing on the baseline to return serve and consistently hitting winners off the backhand return by using the opponent's pace. Makes him a lot more dangerous on hard courts than when he would stand 4 or 5 meters behind the baseline to return. Very impressed by him.

    I've noticed that Djokovic has stopped using the slice forehand when stretching to the right. Instead he's moving quickly to the right and hitting an aggressive crosscourt topspin. The old forehand slice he used to hit would float into the middle of the court and could be easily dealt with, while the aggressive crosscourt makes him almost unattackable. Hit it hard to him, he'll hit it back harder.

    Also I've noticed that he's become proactive after hitting a dropshot and quickly sneaking into net. He used to hit his backhand dropshot then just wait at the baseline and react to his opponent.
     
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  2. ricki

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    Novak is one of its kind - his game surpasses others by miles
     
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  3. jwjh

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    Pascal Maria's FH has increased in depth and length. What a shining FH it has become. Now it is almost comparable to Lahyani's FH
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  4. spperry

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    Raonic is moving better now I think.

    It was something he had to do. The best players in the world can return 130mph serves and do damage with those returns.

    To compete with them he has to work on the rest of his game and he has done that. He is definitely not up there yet but good to see the players working on the weak parts of their game to get closer to the top 10.
     
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  5. PascalMariaFan

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    Not sure if this has improved Federer's game or not, but I've noticed that his racquet face no longer faces away from his body when he's preparing the forehand. Instead the racquet face is angled slightly down and towards the net. He's essentially abbreviating the preperation on his forehand. Examples of other players that do this are Fish and murray.

    In general I've noticed that Federer's strokes have become less flowing and more wristy than before. He's hitting with more power but he's missing a lot more too. His points are too short these days, not as fun to watch as he used to be for me.
     
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  6. PascalMariaFan

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    I don't understand the hype about Raonic. His reflexes are slow, the preparation on his strokes is too long and he's clumsy at net, so counter punching or hitting volleys when drawn into net is out of the question for him. To win points he has to always be the one in control, and that's not realistic.
     
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  7. RAFA2005RG

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    I noticed Nadal going for clean winners early in the points during his 6-2 6-3 thrashing of Nalbandian at Brasil. He wasn't doing this in the other matches, just the final. May have been because he was weary of Nalbandian doing the same and wanted to beat him to the punch. Or maybe Nadal was just rounding into form and feeling more confident than before. It was certainly the right surface for it, perhaps the fastest claycourt Nadal has ever played on. And it was indoors.
     
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    I think his backhand and movement looked worlds better in San Jose. Especially his backhand retur. If it sticks it will make him serious for the first time, at least in my eyes.
     
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    Maria has really long arms... wtf?
     
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  10. Relinquis

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    raonic's movement is much improved. he needs to be more than a big serve in order to get into the top 10...

    have you guys noticed a change in Gasquet's forehand? seems more loopy/topspinny. Not sure if it is better, but at least he's working on it.
     
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  11. Kilco

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    Gilles Simon's net game...He is serving and volleying and approaching net more than most players
     
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  12. dominikk1985

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    murrays FH and General aggressiveness.

    A lot of coaches have said him that before but he did not believe his coaches until Lendl. murray even once fired a Coach who wanted to force him to Play more aggressive.

    but it's hard to argue against and 8 time slam winner. he is probably no better Coach than murrays former coaches but he has the authority by success. murray probably said "who are you to tell Andy murray how to Play?" to his former coaches but Lendl was the first one who had the authority to say to him "you have won nothing, just do what I tell you I won slams already". he also has the Advantage that he knows choking away several finals before the first win so he can relate to murray.
     
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