Thoughts on Bob Bryan's DC Singles Match

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  1. snapple

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    Was watching Bob Bryan play singles in Davis Cup over the weekend and while he, as you would expect, had a very effective serve and volley game, I was amazed at how very weak his groundies were. In particular, his return of serve was abysmal, and when he was able to get the ball back at all it was typically a lame little chip shot which would be immediately pounced upon. What surprised me so much watching this was I assumed you had to have very strong return game to be a top doubles team. I seldom watch doubles, let alone the Bryans, so I was wondering if his meak returns are somehow transformed into effective shots when playing doubles.
     
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  2. brownyazn

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    would you play your best
    if the match didn't matter?
     
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    well it looked like he cared. i think he tossed his racquet once or twice in disgust of his own playing.
     
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  4. snapple

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    would you play your best
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    Please, that's just plain silly. You could see how hard he was pushing the action when able. Besides you don't think he would have cherished a Davis Cup singles victory in front of a frenzied home crowd with his Father in attendance to boot. Not the sort of opportunity he would brush off I wouldn't think.
     
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  5. Moose Malloy

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    Well he does have a larger court to hit into in doubles, so the definition of what a 'weak return' is does vary between the 2 games. His best doubles returns would have gone out in singles.

    And the strategy is different in doubles, guys aren't going for bombs like Andreev was in singles, a higher 1st serve % is more key in doubles than singles, so Bryan may not have been used to facing those big 1st serves consistently.
     
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  6. snapple

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    Thanks Moose, good points that I hadn't considered.
     
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    Returning in dubs is different than returning in singles. In Doubles the return can be short and low and cross court most of the time. In singles the return needs to be deep but can he high
     
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