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Old 01-26-2013, 08:37 AM   #45
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I am not so sure, if baseline tennis takes more energy than serve and volley tennis. Before WWII, when baseline tennis dominated the scene, people thought it would be impossible, to serve and volley for 5 sets. The only one in the 20s and 30s, who attacked the net, Jean Borotra, often threw sets to get a rest and come back to the net in the next set. It was the Hopman training regimen that changed this perception. The Aussies, fine athletic specimen like Emerson, who excelled at track and field, certainly could attack the net for full 5 sets. Gonzalez knew how to win, he paced himself well, focussed on his own serve and - for instance in the Pasarell match - did nothing on return games, when he fell behind in such a game.
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