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  1. PascalMariaFan

    Peak Wawrinka vs Peak Roddick on hardcourts

    Roddick is incredibly predictable about his placement. The only groundstroke he can put any pace on is his inside out forehand off of a shoulder height ball. Wawrinka's chip return is absolutely good enough to keep Roddick pinned on the baseline, and even if it wasn't, Wawrinka will lean to his...
  2. PascalMariaFan

    Peak Wawrinka vs Peak Roddick on hardcourts

    Have you seen any matches between Roddick and Federer? It's not a tennis match. It's Roddick hitting a ****** approach, failing to follow the line of the ball, and getting passed 90% of the time. The 10% that he gets a racquet on the ball he dumps it in the net. If you take issue with me...
  3. PascalMariaFan

    Peak Wawrinka vs Peak Roddick on hardcourts

    Complete idiots on this forum. Lets see you clowns try to explain how Roddick would win points against Wawrinka. As soon as the rally goes beyond the serve Wawrinka has the upper hand. More power, better angles, lots of margin for error because of the spin he produces, the ability to come into...
  4. PascalMariaFan

    How do I increase grip size without affecting weight too much?

    I'm almost 6'3. I don't think my hands are particularly big for my size. Don't know, but I read that Karlovic uses a 5 1/4. Anyway, I used the athletic tape method and it worked okay. Made the grip too soft (not sure if I used the right tape), so I ended up cutting 8 pieces of thin plastic and...
  5. PascalMariaFan

    How do I increase grip size without affecting weight too much?

    Had a look around the forum and turns out that using athletic tape is popular. Light weight and maintains the shape of the bevels. Might give that a go before trying the balsa wood method.
  6. PascalMariaFan

    How do I increase grip size without affecting weight too much?

    This is great. Thanks a lot.
  7. PascalMariaFan

    How do I increase grip size without affecting weight too much?

    I'm playing with a 4 5/8 grip (the biggest size I could find), with two replacement grips on it and an overgrip. The problem is it's way too small (fingertips touch my heel pad when I hold the racquet), and pretty heavy too. My question is, what's the best method of increasing the grip size...
  8. PascalMariaFan

    Djokovic fans, support your case that Djokovic could beat Prime Safin

    Let's be realistic about Safin, this is a guy who had a 0-4 H2H against Robredo. Every time he played a consistent player he would stubbornly hit harder and harder until he missed. There were no subtle sneaks into the net, no dropshots, no variety. Don't compare Safin with Djokovic.
  9. PascalMariaFan

    Djokovic fans, support your case that Djokovic could beat Prime Safin

    Djokovic has a better forehand, backhand, serve, volley, dropshot, movement, and mentality. Safin has a better overhead and he's better looking, but I'm afraid that's not enough. There's a reason Safin's overall career winning percentage is so low and his H2H against his contemporaries is so...
  10. PascalMariaFan

    Progression in Federer's technique

    Have you guys noticed the progression in Fed's technique? It was stiff when he was younger, then it got smoother and more attractive up until about 2007. From then on I think he progressively started holding the racquet more loosely, as well as further down the grip, probably to get more wrist...
  11. PascalMariaFan

    Baseliner vs baseliner matches don't have to be boring

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho_VVwmK-qo Granted these two are proactive baseliners who use angles and come into net.
  12. PascalMariaFan

    Professional doubles should be abolished

    You're all massive ****ing idiots. He didn't say that doubles isn't tennis, or that doubles is boring to watch. All he said is that doubles players are earning money while bringing in zero fans and thus zero revenue. Doubles is a financial drain on the tour, that is an objective fact.
  13. PascalMariaFan

    2013 Madrid Masters - general discussion thread

    why are there no other matches being played?
  14. PascalMariaFan

    How would Serena's serve rate in the men's game?

    Her first serve speed is slow compared to the average male. Even slower than Simon's and Seppi's. Now if she served with the fluffier, slower balls that the men used, she would be serving at maybe 170 kph. She would have to hit lines to avoid getting bageled by anyone in the top 100.
  15. PascalMariaFan

    Improvements you've noticed in players' games

    I don't understand the hype about Raonic. His reflexes are slow, the preparation on his strokes is too long and he's clumsy at net, so counter punching or hitting volleys when drawn into net is out of the question for him. To win points he has to always be the one in control, and that's not...
  16. PascalMariaFan

    Improvements you've noticed in players' games

    Not sure if this has improved Federer's game or not, but I've noticed that his racquet face no longer faces away from his body when he's preparing the forehand. Instead the racquet face is angled slightly down and towards the net. He's essentially abbreviating the preperation on his forehand...
  17. PascalMariaFan

    Calming nerves

    Thanks guys. Yeah, I think it's the fear of losing that does it for me. Tennis is the thing in life that I'm more talented than others at, so my self-worth is tied into winning.
  18. PascalMariaFan

    Improvements you've noticed in players' games

    At the Australian this year I noticed Almagro standing on the baseline to return serve and consistently hitting winners off the backhand return by using the opponent's pace. Makes him a lot more dangerous on hard courts than when he would stand 4 or 5 meters behind the baseline to return. Very...
  19. PascalMariaFan

    Calming nerves

    Any tips for calming nerves? I play an attacking, smooth game in practice matches. But in competition I start to push, my strokes become wooden and my follow through disappears. I think the reason that it's difficult for me to play aggressively is because I'm winning matches by pushing...
  20. PascalMariaFan

    Pro players' technique

    I can't find the sub forum you're talking about. Speaking of Federer, I don't think the fact that he uses a 1HBH is an excuse for not having an offensive backhand. Wawrinka's 1HBH is a huge weapon thanks to his exaggerated rotation.
  21. PascalMariaFan

    Pro players' technique

    What are some technical aspects of players' games that you've noticed, positive or negative? I'm watching Djokovic now, and I think the main reasons he has the best groundstrokes is because of his exaggerated upper body rotation and racquet head speed. I know his coach talked about him...
  22. PascalMariaFan

    2012: The year Murray wins a slam?

    Imagine Murray ending up with 18 masters to Agassi's 17. But 0 slams to Agassi's 8.
  23. PascalMariaFan

    Kvitova: One of the More Talented Female Players to Emerge in Recent Times

    Good article. I feel like Kvitova will become a fan favorite among real tennis fans. I don't think I've ever seen a female player with her potential. She's like a more versatile, athletic version of Davenport.
  24. PascalMariaFan

    Murray question...

    Almagro is capable of making a French Open final.
  25. PascalMariaFan

    Murray question...

    A prime example is Roddick vs Gabashvili last year. Roddick's serve and junkballing is a lot easier to handle on the clay, so Gabashvili was able to settle into the points and dictate with his powerful, spinny strokes. Contrary to popular belief, movement is a lot more important on fast courts...
  26. PascalMariaFan

    Murray question...

    Because on clay you need to consistently produce enough pace and spin on your groundstrokes to be able to pull your opponent out of court and hit a winner. On low bouncing fast courts it's about hitting a big first serve, and if that comes back, junkballing the opponent into error. It's much...
  27. PascalMariaFan

    Why is Nalbandian So Good?

    But the funniest thing is how obvious it is that none of you know the slightest thing about tennis when you say that Davydenko is better than Nalbandian. Have you ever seen Davydenko intentionally hit a short angle backhand winner? Pull his opponent into net then lob him? Hit an actual backhand...
  28. PascalMariaFan

    Why is Nalbandian So Good?

    Those of you looking to take fault with Nalbandian's forehand and looking back to his matches in 2006 are ridiculous. He's made huge strides with his game since then, the forehand is now one of the best in the game, he goes toe to toe with Federer and often outrallies him from the forehand side...
  29. PascalMariaFan

    Why is Nalbandian So Good?

    If it weren't for Nalbandian, I wouldn't bother watching tennis. Watching him run clowns like Robredo, Roddick and Del Potro around the court is what it's all about for me. When he's fit and serving well, he's head and shoulders above the rest. Unfortunately the two rarely coincide.
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