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Old 09-07-2008, 08:48 AM   #7
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Tilden as much as admitted in his book that the "perfect" volleyer vs "perfect" groundstroker argument was specious because there was no such thing, but that the "perfect" volleyer would never get to use his skills because he'd get passed by every return or first groundstroke. In effect, he called the argument irrelevant.
It is sad, though, how all-round play has disappeared from the tours: even the best hands (like Federer) are relegated to the backcourt by the (lack of) speed of the courts. It does appear to me, though, that the USTA has made a fair surface this year due to the larger number of net approaches I've seen, and by the ability of attacking players like Muller to advance deep into the draw.
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