Recent content by Koaske

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    Help with Slow Starts in Matches Needed

    Yes, it seems logical that playing a lot will allow you to find your rhythm faster and stay in the groove most of the time. I suppose I'll also start to find my timing a little faster as I keep playing. Hopefully, in 5-10 years, I'll be able to find my rhythm faster than now. I'll just try to...
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    Help with Slow Starts in Matches Needed

    Sreeram: Hitting in the middle will get me in trouble with most opponents, since they can start dictating play and running me from corner to corner from that point. I have, however, tried to play only crosscourt shots in the beginning of a match, since those are definitely my most consistent...
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    Help with Slow Starts in Matches Needed

    One of the biggest problems I have when playing competitive matches (in a tournament, for example) is that I always need some time to get my timing right. The worst situation is when I have to play on a court where I have never played before and against an opponent I haven't played against...
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    Is creating pace as effortless as it looks for pros/high level players??

    I don't know if anyone has brought this up, since I'm too lazy to read through all the posts, but... Besides having flawless technique, pro players have trained to get fast-twitch muscle which allows them to generate a lot of racket head speed. I do believe that technique is important, and...
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    Tennis ball throw distance

    I tried throwing indoors, so there was no wind factor. I could throw a tennis ball to the area behind the baseline. If I throwed outdoors, the throw wouldn't reach the fence and definitely not go over it. Despite the poor throwing distance, my serving speed record is 162 kmh (101 in mph). But...
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    First Serve Percentage 100!?

    I just visited the Australian Open's website and I was amazed to find out that Feliciano Lopez was leading the serve percentage statistics. It appears that in the only 5-set-match he played, he had 100% first serves in, yet he still lost the match! However, the statistics also said that his...
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    federer (1) vs murray (6)

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    Welcome Back Goat!!!!!!

    Yes, he is! Incredible tennis from Roger!
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    How good were you after one year?

    I don't think it's possible to be a 4.0 after one year. I think I would have been around 3.0-3.5 level at that point. I have now played for 3 years (well, basically I have played for 4 years, but the first two years had 6-month winter breaks, because I didn't play indoors) and I think I'm pretty...
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    Fastest and average route to pro opens

    Five years isn't enough. Ten years, could be. I know a guy in our club who has improved really fast during the 8 years he has played but I doubt he could even win a match in junior grand slams. I think 15 years is enough time to develop a game good enough to be able to compete at the highest...
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    Holy crap...Just lost. Pissed.

    No matter how well you prepare for the match and how much you think about your strategies beforehand, it won't matter if you can't execute well. On some days, your game is just a bit off and your opponent happens to be on fire. That's when you're likely to lose, even if you win. Remember what...
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    Nadal just as talented as Federer?

    I've always seen Federer as the more talented one out of the two of them. However, Nadal is still very talented compared to vast majority of people. What makes him so good though is his work ethic. He is willing to train intensively and make his game even better than it already is.
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    Frustration at returning a lefty serve.

    If you have never broken him, I think you should be as aggressive as possible and take risks when you're returning. I mean, you have nothing to lose on his serve, so why not just go for it? For example, if you could use your risky shots to get to 0-30 on his serve, you'd be very close to...
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    #1 weapon in your game?

    I think my serve returns are pretty good. They're not aggressive Agassi-style returns, but I don't make that many errors when returning and get most of the serves back, and usually deep too. My groundstrokes are also good if compared to the other areas of my game. My backhand is way more...
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    How often do pros hit the ball above their shoulders?

    I haven't seen too many pro matches in real life, but the good players I have watched (I guess they would be 5.0ish in the USA) shorten their takebacks to make it easier to pound the high ball. They can usually put a lot of pressure on their opponents with those shots, since they can hit the...