Why is Davydanko so poor on grass?

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  1. Cobaine

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    1-10 record or something like that. You'd think with the way he takes the ball on the rise, he would do pretty well. Maybe he doesn't have enough time to adjust to the odd/low bounce?
     
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  2. Alexandros

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    1-13 now I believe. It's because his shots don't have that much bite and he is very unsure of his footing on grass. Plus confidence issues.
     
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  3. psp2

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    ..and he's nothing but a counterpuncher.
     
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    Well... the same thing can sort of be said with Lleyton Hewitt. In fact, Davydenko is pretty much the poor man's Hewitt. Quick and solid counterpuncher but not as fast, not as solid off the ground, not as good serving, not as good returning, not as deft with volleying and not nearly as tough mentally.
     
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  5. Dan007

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    Well Hewitt and Nalbandian are also counterpunchers and they have play very well on grass.
     
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  6. superman1

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    I bet it's movement issues. He's a guy that is constantly running with those small steps. If his legs can't get a good grip on the ground, he'll get blown off the court.
     
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  7. tennus

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    Absolutely, but they will both come to the net on grass. Davydenko pretty much refuses to come to the net, and on the odd occassion he finds himself there, is not comfortable on the volley. People seem to forget Hewitt won a US Open doubles Championship with Myrni. You don't win that if you can't volley;)
     
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    You could say this about many players from today and yesterday. The same goes for clay.
     
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  9. LeftyServe

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    He's too good of a player on other surfaces for it to be anything other than mental. Losing to the big servers is one thing, but he's lost to lower tier clay-courters on grass as well.
     
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  10. Chadwixx

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    No one plays on grass. The grass court season is like a month long. There is no reason to practice or be a great grass court player in todays game. Its a dead surface.
     
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  11. lacoster

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    Davydenko doesn't have nearly the killer instinct of a Hewitt or a Nalbandian. He's ranked so highly because he enters tournaments almost every single week, which is rare for anyone in the top 20.
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  12. jhhachamp

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    On the contrary, we need to bring back more grass!
     
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  13. fastdunn

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    This is an interesting question.

    Davydenko is sorta mechanical mover/hitter. Kind of like Lendle.
     
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