Recent content by Ray Mercer

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    Why does Nadal struggle so much with journeymen on grass?

    Yes but the last one was almost a decade ago and he’s only 33 years old now. Since then he’s lost to a lot of guys many would classify as journeymen. Brown x 2, Darcis, Rosol and Muller.
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    2019 NOVENTI OPEN | Halle, Germany | ATP 500 - Discussion Thread

    Tsonga in the second round is a dangerous match. I could see an upset there. Tsonga just barely lost to Raonic in a third set tie break.
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    Dustin Brown beats Sascha Zverev

    Brown will demolish Rafa if he draws him. Let’s hope it happens. That was a beautiful display today of drop volleys and half volleys.
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    Major surface speeds

    The US Open is hands down the worst in terms of court speed. In the mid 2000’s it was actually pretty fast but somewhere along the line they turned it into a moonballers paradise. If you rematch the Fed Agassi 05 final the court was very quick with winners flying everywhere.
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    Federer is the highest endorsed athlete in the world

    Federer is unique in that his on court game and image aligns perfectly with luxury brands.
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    Why does Nadal struggle so much with journeymen on grass?

    Why is it that guys like Brown, Muller, Rosol, Kyrgios and Darcis have all smoked Nadal multiple times on grass while Nadal was in the peak of his career in his 20’s? What is it about his game that suffers so much on grass? Is he incapable of anticipating serves within 5ft of the baseline? The...
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    2019 Roland Garros FINAL: Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem

    The younger generation is terrible. Every sport should have new upcoming all time greats. Hockey, baseball, football, basketball etc. always have upcoming all time greats. Tennis Has a huge void right now due to the decreasing popularity. It’s decline is in line with heavyweight boxing which is...
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    2019 ATP 250 MercedesCup: General Discussion

    Raonic is also dangerous if he is healthy. This surface rewards big servers and power tennis. It’s not a pushers surface.
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    Peak Federer vs. Current Nadal on Clay

    Fed would tear him apart. He should of beat him in 2011.
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    Bottom line, Novak came up small

    Don’t like Djokovic’s play style but in today’s slow homogenized surfaces he is the best in the world. He laid an absolute beating on Nadal in Australia. He is a far more well rounded player than Nadal who dominates a niche surface.
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    2019 Roland Garros FINAL: Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem

    The problem with Thiem is that he can’t take the Nadal forehand on the rise like Djokovic can. Thiem always has to back up big time to hit the backhand and Nadal makes him pay for it. Djokovic is the one guy who can trouble Nadal on clay because he can consistently take the Nadal forehand on the...
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    Roger's NEO backhand and it's impact in the SF

    I believe it’s a closer match without the wind but yes Nadal still wins. Wind is always going to hinder the precision aggressive player more vs. the retriever. Federer needs to be able to win free points from his serve and be able to one two punch, he couldn’t do that with this wind.
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    Roger's NEO backhand and it's impact in the SF

    I disagree. The wind took Federer's serve out of the match. Federer absolutely needs his serve at his age. Even though it’s clay he would be getting more free points from it.
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    2019 Wimbledon - Gentlemen singles

    I want Kyrgios vs. Nadal.
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    Roger's NEO backhand and it's impact in the SF

    The conditions were brutal and the court itself is not condusive to hitting winners. If this matchup happens in Cincinatti this year or in Asia for the indoor swing Federer will be able to rip winners on that wing.
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