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    Sinner vs Alcaraz

    I'm comparing a guy who's almost 18 to one who's a little over 19, the latter having won an ATP 250 event held this year, with a entry list very similar to Marbella's. Even thought there seems to be consensus that SA ATP events are easier to win than their euro counterpart, it still has to be...
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    Sinner vs Alcaraz

    It's not ment as harsh as it sounds: what I mean is that he might win against the Rado Albots and like in an ATP250, but this type of player loves the 5 set format, as it showcases their strengths, i.e. consistency and endurance. Alcaraz has impressive weapons, but tennis is about making the...
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    Sinner vs Alcaraz

    It's not the weapons, it's his going-for-broke game style, very similar to f.inst. Popyrin. The match he had against Ruud, reminded me of the match Ruud lost on clay last year against Mager (which he coincidentally met in R1 in Marbella). Mager outplayed him, with an extremely offensive...
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    Sinner vs Alcaraz

    He´ll have a hard time getting past R1 in any Bo5 competitions. Guns blazing can work a while in a Bo3 competition, but it's not sustainable in slams. If he doesn't adjust, his career will more likely be similar to Verdasco than to Nadal.
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    Why do unaccomplished players give themselves logos?

    Good call. Which is also very bold, in more ways than one, as the iconic, satanic animal the design the is referencing, is the GOAT :)
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    Why do unaccomplished players give themselves logos?

    Not sure what the Sinner logo is about. I can see the J (inverted) and the s, and a small triangle, that together form an animal with pointy ears. I associate that shape with a fox, which is a bold choice for a ginger, young lad, I give you that :-)
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    Vcore 95 - backhand slice help!

    Funny, because my experience is the opposite : -) Launch angle: GTour >> GPro >> VCore 95 Prob due to string tension. I strung my Gravitys with Lynx at 44-46 lbs, and the VCore 95 I can't remember exactly, might have been a tad higher. I also added lead to it, the Gravitys were stock. The...
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    How many more slams for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic?

    If Novak does end up winning more GS than Fed and Rafa, he'll have earned all the accolades. That being said, if he gets more than, let's say 3 more GS, there has to be something wrong with the strategic and tactical understanding in(corporated in) the training of the contenders to the top. I'm...
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    Vcore 95 - backhand slice help!

    I don't think the GPro has a tighter stringed. I played for quite a while with both the 2018 VCore 95 and the Gpro, and the latter felt more open (it's a 100 sq in after all).
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    Hurkacz Racquet

    I think he ment offer a different mold than existing (or obsolete) retail models. Iirc, Yonex made Hewitt his own custom mold at one time, that was different than any other retail (or other) molds. Yonex seems to be pretty consistent in offering current and previous molds to their sponsored...
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    What are the odds a lighter racquet hurts the arm/wrist more likely than a heavier one?

    The issue with lighter rackets is that if you're not relying on the big muscles to generate the power, you haven't generated enough power to swing freely against the heavy incoming ball. In that situation, you feel like to have to counter by using the hand, arm and shoulder, and you tighten the...
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    Nerd! Using SwingVision AI to evaluate racquets

    Great stuff. This correlates with the speed data shown on most TW reviews, which shows there isn't a huge difference in measurable speed between rackets, even though playtesters often refer to "power" differences. I don't doubt this feeling, I've certainly felt this myself, but the metrics show...
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    Winner Winner, Jannik Sinner

    I agree. That was clutch, and extremely impressive since he was playing really offensive, and lost that first set as a result of a combination of somewhat lucky RBA winners, and some bad decision making after building up great points. I really thought he'd fizzle out after that. Well done.
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    We agree on the over-focus on lag. When comparing Sock and Fed, whilst the wrist lag looks impressive in the Sock pic (more so than I expected), his racket is not lagging behind as much as Fed. He clearly has both elbow and wrist in front of his body, and due to his grip, his wrist is not...
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    This is the best explanation on the differences between the "WTA" and "ATP" styles of forehands, which applies just as well for understanding the differences between different FHs on the men's side as well. Imo, the cupped wrist is an effect, not a cause. In Kyrgio's case f.inst., as explained...
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