What makes Simon tough

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  1. scotus

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    I was really impressed with the way Simon changed the pace of the rally.

    He can maintain control of the rally with relatively slow shots, and then BOOM! comes the heater. This pace differential can really take the opponent out of his rhythm and comfort zone.

    Hewitt, in my opinion, is quite monotonous in the tempo of his game.
     
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  2. Tony48

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    THIS, whereas Murray will push, push, push, push, push.....Simon offers a lot more variety than a traditional pusher.

    And one thing is for sure: Simon is definitely not intimidated at ALL by Federer and went toe to toe with him during those last 3 sets.

    Federer has a lot of trouble with big pushers but Simon is definitely an even more difficult opponent for him.
     
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  3. scotus

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    Other aspects of his game that were equally impressive:

    Return of the serve: Awesome reflexes.
    Movement: This is a little Rafa.
    Passing shots: He was passing Federer at will.
    Second serves: Solid, powerful, lots of action, consistent.

    Had Simon had a higher first serve percentage last night, Federer might not have survived that match.
     
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  4. Scientist

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    He reminds me of a prime Chang with a slightly better serve. Gilles has also said that Michael was his hero growing up because of his diminutive nature (and still being able to reach #2 in the world).
     
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  5. above bored

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    What makes Simon tough?

    Same as Murray and Nadal, their defence. Simple.

    Hewitt does not defend anywhere near as well as these guys.
     
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  6. IvanAndreevich

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    Agree with everything except second serves. Far too spinny, average speed 2nd serve speed of 138 KMH which is 86 mph. Surprised Fed wasn't attacking it more.
     
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  7. abmk

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    he did attack simon's second serve quite a bit, MUCH more than he typically does ... just that he was hitting them out after the first two sets ..
     
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  8. abmk

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    considering simon won 56% points on his first serve and 55% on his second, I'd say no :)
     
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  9. abmk

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    @ topic, not sure, one factor I can think of that simon varies the pace to a larger extent ..

    Common patterns in their 3 matches are that simon takes some time to get used to fed's pace of shots and them becomes pretty comfortable with it , fed usually starts off well and then his level goes down
     
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  10. Wilander Fan

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    The ball was really bouncing high and sitting up on the surface for some reason. It allowed Simon to stay in alot of rallies...he was running ALOT in that match. I dont think he was necessarily that fast in that he could not catch up to most of the drop shots. Maybe they were too good or he doesnt move in well.
     
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