Sampras v Schalken 2002 US Open semi

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  1. Laurie

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    One of my favourite matches, recorded it off the live broadcast on German Eurosport back in 2002.

    Few years later, managed to get a Sky Sports copy with Leif Shiras and Peter Flemming doing commentary, but this copy had 8 games missing in the 2nd set. So recently I managed to get the whole match a CBS version with Enberg, McEnroe and Carillo doing commentary.

    It was one of my favourite matches because I really enjoyed the baseline rallies throughout the match, Schalken hit some incredible backhand winners and Sampras some fantastic down the line and inside out forehand winners, a real tactical battle.

    But now that I have two versions of commentary, the commentators saw it differently. Each version of commentary continually questioned Sampras' tactics. In the 2nd game he rushed Schalken into errors but didn't take one of three break points. The guys in the booth in Sky and CBS thought that he shouldn't get into any rallies and should just rush Schalken over and over and Schalken would eventually crack. Annacone was interviewed very early on in the match and he wanted to see just that.

    But I thought Sampras learned his lesson well from 2001 in 2002. Throughout the US Open in 2002 he was much more selective on when to attack the 2nd serve and rush the net against Haas and Schalken and in the final against Agassi.

    Had Sampras followed Annacone's commands to the letter, and the likes of Fleming and McEnroe in the booth, the match would not have been as enjoyable because there would have been hardly any rallies.

    Just wonder if Fleming and McEnroe were being too idealistic? Sampras liked to rally in a way McEnroe didn't. Would he have not tired himself out if he chipped charged everything?

    Match below posted on Youtube below

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZntOv0TN20
     
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    Interesting.

    I am tempted to offer that, in my experience, chipping and charging leads to shorter points--either you get passed at the net or you make the volley. In either case, the points are short.

    If you hang back and get into a rally, the points are longer and you do more lateral running. I would think that in the latter case one would be more tired out.
     
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    Thanks

    The reason I said that is I wonder if it is more mentally taxing to continually run in over and over again and as you say either get passed a lot or hit lots of volley winners? Personally I don't think that tactic can work at the top level as the only strategy in town so I think Sampras was right to be sceptical.
     
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    Great stuff. According to Agassi Schalken hit the cleanest groudstrokes he'd ever seen. Oldschool and very effective, except on clay. His serve was his big liability. Once was on win away of a place in the top 10, but couldn't pull it off against a much lower ranked player.
     
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  5. dominikk1985

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    yeah his serve was not good especially considering he is like 6"4 or so. didn't he have that motion without really bending his knees?
     
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  6. tipsa...don'tlikehim!

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    Overrated. Clean or not he was nothing special, a guy like him in 2010 would never reach a grand slam SF.
    Random guys like Brands, Anderson or Benneteau play much better than Schalken.
     
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    simon plays a similar game like schalken. using the pace of the opponent and not using big hacks a lot.
     
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    True , he wasn't able to make a coordinated movement with the legs which would have contributed to a more potent serve. As an athlete he wasn't all that, as a ballstriker, especially on the backhand side, he had special gifts.
     
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