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Old 01-23-2013, 08:59 AM   #26
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i like the amount of attacking in the tournament so far, and a bit of revival of the one handed backhand.

Successful attacking tennis:

- Chardy vs. Del Potro: Chardy came to the net so much, it was beautiful and effective. Great aggressive slice backhands to approach off of, yes, they are aggressive when they are that low and deep.

- Tsonga vs. Gasquet/Federer: Tsonga great at the net, aggressive from the baseline. Fought to defend against match points/breaks rather than defensive grinding.

- Tomic vs. Federer: While he was trounced by the master, he did put up more of a fight and showed that he's not just a baseline junkballer. Federer displayed what real tennis is in that match.

- Brands vs. Tomic: So much successful serving an volleying from Brands. It was nice to see the lost art used on such a slow surface.

- Almagro vs. Tipsy/Ferrer: Great to see him blast Janko away with the backhand before the guy gave up and good to see him being able to use aggressiveness strategically against one of the best defenders in the game, choke notwithstanding.

- Wawrinka Vs. Djokovic: Stanislas' five hour display of how a one-handed backhand can not only go toe-to-toe with one of the best two-handers around, but also that an attacking style can be sustained for 5 hours against, arguably, best retriever in the game.

Also worth mentioning is Nishikori's grit and attacking style despite the injury. Likewise Serena.
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