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    Low, low tensions. 30lbs feels great. 20lbs pretty good, too

    Hard to be sure about cyclone vs. TB. I used them both quite a while ago, but I recall thinking they both felt a lot like SS but not as soft. I wasn't so impressed by cyclone. TB has some nice pop and spin to it. While I still haven't done a proper side-by-side comparison, I think I might...
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    Low, low tensions. 30lbs feels great. 20lbs pretty good, too

    I've used SS at around 40 pounds quite a bit. I think it feels and plays great. I thought Cyclone played very similarly to SS but felt a little harsher. Lots of polys play great. To me, it's the feel that makes the real difference. I also really like Scorpion. Scorpion and SS are currently...
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    Low, low tensions. 30lbs feels great. 20lbs pretty good, too

    This thread piqued my interest, so I strung up my racquet with WeissCannon TurboTwist 17g at 33 lbs. For the last few months, I've been using a hybrid of ALU Rough mains at 48 lbs and Gaucho Gut at 51 in the crosses, so I already use fairly low tensions. I was surprised at how normal the low...
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    {Poll} have you ever been hit in the eye?

    Yes, in a league doubles match. It was a pretty hard hit ball that deflected off the side of my racquet. It messed up my depth perception for a while and caused us to lose our lead, but we still won the match 4 and 3 because our opponents weren't that great.
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    Why hasn't Federer done for tennis what Tiger has done for golf?

    Tennis has been growing in popularity in the last several years in the US (as evidenced by racquet sales, ball sales, the difficulty of getting courts), so how do we know Roger hasn't been part of that? Also, tennis requires actual exercise, so that's obviously going to limit its universal...
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    Actual height of the pro players- accurate or not?

    I recall hearing an announcer say once that Marat Safin was listed as 6'4" when he was 18 or younger, and it's possible he grew after that. He looks taller. I think it's possible that many pros list their heights when they turn pro in their teens and then never update them. I think Patrick...
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    Does anyone else feel that Federer just doesn't respect Murray's game that much?

    I think at this point Fed's gained plenty of respect for Murray's game, and he takes playing Murray seriously. But I don't think he likes playing Murray. Murray's game relies largely on making his opponent play badly. Does anyone like playing someone who does that? I know I don't. I respect...
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    Now Robin Soderling is a good example of someone who's NOT a choker,

    Reminds me of the Nadal-Murray AO 07 4th round match. A bad line went against Murray, and if he'd have challenged he'd have probably won the match. But he didn't, and Nadal took it in five. Strangely, history shows that Nadal won that match, and there's not an asterisk next to it in the...
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    Guga vs Agassi *Highlights inside*

    Awesome match between two great players in their primes. I love the balance of patience and shot-making.
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    Pulled rib muscle

    I had a strained rib muscle last year and it only took a week or two to heal. In addition to tennis, also avoid heavy cardio. I don't know how I initially caused the injury, but deep breathing from bike sprints up a big hill is what made it a real problem.
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    Nadal-Wawrinka

    That twitter feed says Nadal lost to Wawrinka in a 3rd set tie break and will give a press conference at 7pm London time.
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    Who is the least ripped player on tour?

    I can't believe no one's mentioned Mardy Fish.
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    Okay deciding GOAT is impossible but can we agree who is in the discussion?

    I agree with the OP's list. Those are the guys who seem to stand clearly above their peers. It seems to me that Rosewall was overshadowed by his predecessor (Gonzalez) and his successor (Laver). Maybe because his serve wasn't as good as theirs. Still, Rosewall would definitely be on the list...
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    Volkl/BorisBecker

    That's a good method, jrod. I doubt the pb10 is the best against heavy spinners, but I play on fast hard courts and don't encounter too many of them. Far more hard flat hitters. I do play with one guy who likes to spin ball after ball high and deep to my backhand, but I counter that by...
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    Volkl/BorisBecker

    Hey, madgvr. I thought of writing a full review of the pb10, but I don't really have a lot to say except that it's a great control racquet for physically strong 4.0+ players. Because it's heavy and has a tight string pattern, it can be difficult to whip heavy spin on a ball that already has a...
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    Volkl/BorisBecker

    I use a poly blend (see sig) with the PB10 and have no trouble with the serve. I've also used a synthetic and had no trouble. My last stick was the k95 16x18, and the only thing I miss about the k95 is the sweet slice serve on the deuce side. I don't find it as easy to get as much slice, but...
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    Miami semifinal- Federer vs Djokovic

    Isn't that where they always post it?
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    Head Prestige MP and Volkl PB10

    I haven't hit with the MG Prestige MP enough to form an opinion, but the mid is pretty sweet. I was immediately impressed with the feeling of control I got with the PB10. I've been using it for about five months now, and I'm still completely satisfied. It's very solid and stable from all...
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    Who serves first after a tie-break?

    To be fair, Gilbert suggested opting to receive in the first set in order to get a little extra warm up time before serving in order to increase the chances for a hold. I think he would agree that serving first is an advantage in every other set. I believe someone did some statistical analysis...
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    babolat pst or volkl pb10 for baseliner ?

    I play with the PB10 and I'm a baseliner. I don't see a problem. It's a great racquet from all parts of the court. The PB10 seems to me to be almost a mix between the Wilson n6.1 95 (18x20) and the MG Prestige MP. Both of those are considered good racquets for baseliners. The PB10's...
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    One handed versus Two

    I think those were more related to serving. When he was recovering from those operations, he had to hit soft serves, but I believe his backhand was fine. The 1hbh does rely on some smallish muscles in the upper back that could tire relatively quickly, but the only time I've ever...
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    Men's apparel - worth it?

    I played with cotton for a long time because I thought the polyester clothes were overpriced, but I think that was a mistake. I sweat a lot and polyesters feel and look so much better when you're sweating heavily. I don't think it's worth paying for the fancy Nike stuff, but you can get...
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    more power on serve?

    I can't believe no one has pointed out that Murray is not a stick. Murray is quite muscular, and his serve has gotten better as he's put on the muscle. You can certainly hit a good serve without a lot of noticeable muscle, but a bit of muscle certainly helps.
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    Volkl Power Bridge 10 Users...

    I haven't had any problems, but I know a guy who said it bothered his wrist. I've found that switching racquets can often cause a little initial discomfort, but it goes away after a few weeks. I will say, though, that the PB10 does transmit some shock on off-center shots, so that can be...
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    Contest! Mens Final!

    Generous contest, Tokyopunk. I'm guessing Federer wins 7-6 4-6 6-4 6-3. Nadal hits 7 aces.
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    Demoed a Volkl Power Bridge 10 ... Loved it! Now what?

    I've already posted on the strings I've tried with the PB10 somewhere, but I generally use Cyberflash mains and PSGM crosses. I also liked Dunlop Max Comfort and Head Rip Control crosses. But I do recommend stringing at a lower tension. With the tight pattern, you won't lose much control and...
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    Demoed a Volkl Power Bridge 10 ... Loved it! Now what?

    TW just released a review of the PB10: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/VPB10/VPB10Review.html
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    Demoed a Volkl Power Bridge 10 ... Loved it! Now what?

    I've tried a few string combinations. I tried Maxim Touch at 57/55, Sensation at the same tension. Both felt stiff at first. I should have strung them at a lower tension. I prefer hybrids because I don't like strings moving around. For all of my hybrids, I've used cyberflash 17L in the...
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    Demoed a Volkl Power Bridge 10 ... Loved it! Now what?

    I've been using the PB10 for a few months now and think it's a great all around racquet. It surprises me that it hasn't become more popular on this board. I'm still trying to get the tension right on it, though. Strung with a poly hybrid in the low 50s, it can still feel pretty boardy for a...
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    why blake's backhand sucks

    The reason Blake's backhand looks different is that he's returning a serve. That photo is taken from a youtube clip of him returning serve. He's shortened his backswing, which is great form for returning serve. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTyyITw-fyo He's considered one of the most...
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