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    Max Mirnyi to join Nishikori's team

    Interesting move by Nishikori. I guess Nisikori wants to improve his attacking game - approach, covering the net, etc. But, Mirnyi was all about attacking using his size, power, and reach rather than working his way upto the net with his groundstrokes and positioning. So, I am a bit skeptical...
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    Does Federer have the most compact forehand on tour?

    I think Federer's forehand has become more compact. Ferrer and Mischa Zverev also have pretty compact forehand, probably more than Federer's in my opinion.
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    What are you looking at when you're at the baseline and your opponent strikes the ball?

    I don't know if players focus on a single point per se. It's more of capturing the whole scene, the moment the opponent strikes the ball, opponent's stance, position on the baseline, etc. But, you do need to be aware when the opponent is making the contact.
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    Does a string pattern matter for REC players?

    Yes, different string pattern will impart different amount of spin and pace on the ball. More open string pattern results in higher spin and pace, and more dense string pattern means more "feel / control". I believe 18x20 is the most dense string pattern whereas 16x19 are commonly seen and...
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    Water Abuse

    I do this in order to cool down. My thick short black hair heats up too much from the sunlight.
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    Was Sampras a servebot?

    Clay did neutralize his serve but the primary reasons are that the surface exposed his defense and poor consistency on the baseline and he wasn’t a great mover on clay. He did make it to SF one year and beat some good clay court players on the way.
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    Federer vs Nike - "tension between parties for sure, but no official split"

    IMO, Nike has a history of disagreements in contracts with players nearing retirement - Sampras and Agassi (though it was more amiable with Agassi, I think) Federer has more to lose by walking out - he's looking at 1~2 more years on the tour and he doesn't need unnecessary trouble of finding...
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    Del Potro Is a Serious Threat to Nadal

    Soderling is a better mover than Del Potro and has more offensive backhand at this point. And, Soldering has only beaten once out of 4 after his FO win against Nadal. This isn't to doubt or underestimate Del Potro's capablity to beat Nadal. I think it depends on how healthy Nadal is feeling.
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    Del Potro Is a Serious Threat to Nadal

    Del Potro can be a threat to anyone, but I don't think he can outmanuver Nadal on clay, and clay is slow enough to neutralize Del Potro's power. Interestingly, last time they play against each other on clay was in 2008.
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    Being on the same page

    You get on the same page via discussing what's happening on the court. It's higher percentage play to look for a return coming back to middle against a down the middle serve. But, the returner began to read your play from you taking the step. So, you gotta adjust now, maybe take the step a bit...
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    "Practicing" during a match

    The fact that you won the first 5 points puts your opponent in a situation to try something different to win. It's completely UPTO him how to play -risky, safe, consistent, junk balling - that's his freedom. You don't DICTATE his mind or decision.
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    Prettiest serve motion?

    Feliciano Lopez and John Isner.
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    What is the best tasting bottled water?

    DASANI all the way. Otherwise tap water + filter
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    Volley practice video

    On the backhand side, it doesn't look like your hips are turning at all - your right foot is pointing forward when it should be pointing about 45 degrees in ward. This is preventing you from getting your shoulder behind the ball, and making you to swing sideways. Also, look at your left leg...
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