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  1. Alexandros

    "Sloane Stephens blasts Serena Williams"

    Note to Sloane: you are no longer in elementary school. If other kids don't want to be your friend there are no teachers around to make them play with you.
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    ATP Tour needs another player with Robin Soderling attitude with Nadal

    Indeed, because he doesn't have any hits (slams) at all.
  3. Alexandros

    Murray's speed is underrated

    I would agree with the OP; in a straight line dash I'd say Murray is faster than Djokovic and on par with Nadal at his best. Between the lines of a tennis court though Djokovic is more effective - when Djokovic goes for a ball at end range he slides into his shot and by the time he hits the...
  4. Alexandros

    NY Times Article : WTA Player bullied by message boards and social media

    There's a difference between a reviewer criticising someone's work (which was your analogy) versus comments about dying and going to hell. Just because the internet is rife with such comments doesn't make it acceptable.
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    Hewitt speaks on doping, Federer, Nadal etc.

    Great interview. Hewitt was such a polarising figure in his early years but nowadays all I hear is respect for him - if only Tomic had half of his work ethic.
  6. Alexandros

    Federer and Nadal Records Vs. Top 10 Ranked

    And there isn't anything artificial about the top 10... players outside of it refer to their desire to get into it, the first page of the ATP website has the top 10 players listed, media (both specifically tennis and general sports) refer to the top 10 players all the time, certainly moreso than...
  7. Alexandros

    Top 10 women players of all time at this point- where would you place Serena

    Henin played Serena. 1 more =/= much more
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    Tomic in trouble .... again.

    How are the police out to get him? He is under 25 so he isn't allowed to drive a V8 car on his P's. Yet he bought a V8 anyway, got a special exemption to only drive it to and from tennis practice and then got busted for breaking the law that was already bent specifically for him. Meanwhile...
  9. Alexandros

    In terms of actual skill, who is more talented between Federer and young Nalbandian?

    Nalbandian's talent is immensely overrated on these boards, I'd take Federer by a country mile.
  10. Alexandros

    Dimitrov gets closer to Fed-class everyday...

    Lots of potential but the biggest difference is in their footwork. Dimitrov slips and slides unusually often for a top player, which is in sharp contrast to Federer's near perfect balance.
  11. Alexandros

    Nadal: nobody has had to retire with what I have

    And I have every right to comment and criticise what he says, if you don't like it, tough luck.
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    Can you rank these women in terms of big hitting?

    Capriati's game and playstyle is a slightly inferior version of Clijsters' in my opinion. Great defense, easy power from all parts of the court, decent serve and volleys, forehand is the primary weapon but can misfire, somewhat flaky mentally. I might be a bit harsh on Dementieva but from...
  13. Alexandros

    Nadal: nobody has had to retire with what I have

    I would have him shut up and play if he is going to play on hard courts or if he is going to complain about them then yes, put his money where his mouth is and only play on clay if it bothers him so much. He would be a one man boycott, because I doubt any of his peers would follow suit.
  14. Alexandros

    Nadal: nobody has had to retire with what I have

    So he complains about hard courts, attributes his injuries to them and yet his first competitive match back he decides to play... on a hard court?
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    Can you rank these women in terms of big hitting?

    All the women named can hit powerful, heavy balls when they have time to set up. The differentiator I would say is that Clijsters, Capriati, Graf, Henin and Seles could bring consistent power from all parts of the court and at end range/full stretch their power doesn't diminish significantly...
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    2012 Ladies US OPEN Final: [1] Victoria Azarenka vs. [4] Serena Williams

    Never liked Azarenka due to her shrieking and history of sulky press conferences. Respect went up a heap though with how she handled that massive disappointment. As always it was on Serena's racket - those winners/unforced error stats are very telling. Anyone else notice how Serena...
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    What is the worst thing that can happen to Nadal and his legacy?

    What is more logical: a) The whole field of top tennis professionals has 'diminished' b) One person happens to be playing well
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    Nadal at it again: "Djokovic is the favorite for FO"

    Not really, assume a (low) average of $1.10 odds for the first 6 rounds and then head to head against Nadal at even odds of $1.80 you'd get ~$3.50 per $1.00 if you bet on him each round. Betting on someone outright at the start of the tournament will never be more favourable than making the bets...
  19. Alexandros

    Gasquet's best surface?

    But when he's on grass he takes the ball on the rise and shortens all his swings, so it's not like he is incapable of playing closer in and more aggressively on hard courts/clay.
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    Rodge: You have been living under a Rock?

    Gasquet is the only player I can categorically say has a better backhand than forehand. I've seen a lot of matches where he hits more backhand winners than forehand winners - even someone like Safin who has an excellent backhand would consistently hit more winners off the forehand wing. That...
  21. Alexandros

    Federer- Gasquet match

    What does Rome's history have anything to do with them hosting an international Master's even on a waterlogged court?
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    Nadal Backs Djoker to overtake him

    But see the mathematical certainty you were referring to originally was that Djokovic would become number 1 even if Nadal wins Rome and Roland Garros. If you don't remember here you go: And then Subventricular Zone actually did the calculations and it shows that you are wrong in your...
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    Nadal Backs Djoker to overtake him

    Mathematical certainty? Maybe you should do the numbers before blasting other people and claiming that it's a certainty. If Nadal wins both Rome and RG and Novak makes finals, he loses the nr.1 spot. In this scenario, Djokovic still fails to take the number 1 from, Nadal. This is...
  24. Alexandros

    Is the all Court style making a small comeback?

    A sad day in tennis when Ferrer is held up as an example of playing an 'all court' game.
  25. Alexandros

    Why the WTA is full of ball bashers

    Well actually Henin's forehand is man-like tennis because she is one of the few women who use the pull technique as opposed to the push that the vast majority of women use. You can see it in her forehand set up and shot production, it is functionally and technically different to other women.
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    Indian Wells and the ATP on prize money men/women: dialogue of the deaf

    In this specific example it doesn't seem like much difference, but I bet this is a uniform percentage break down that is applied on all WTA tournaments, so across all the tournaments a pro plays all those $1000 amounts would add up.
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    Madrid considering Blue Clay

    I hate that saying, it's the kind of thinking that stagnates innovation. I'm more for "if it's not perfect then improve it"; blue clay may help the visibility as I'm sure anyone who's tried to watch a live stream of a tennis match on red clay can attest that sometimes it's impossible to see the...
  28. Alexandros

    Highest level of womens tennis so far?

    Highest level of women's tennis I've ever seen is the 07 Aussie Open final where Serena demolished Sharapova. It was the epitome of first strike tennis - winners everywhere, forehand, backhand, serve and return (I think Serena hit four return winners in a row to break Sharapova at one point)...
  29. Alexandros

    Lindsay Davenport commentating on TTC... pretty good!

    Lindsay, easily. Martina's english is quite good but she can struggle to come up with the right words on occassion.
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    Dinara Safina

    The contrast between Safina's movement and Clijsters' was really remarkable in this match. Even more amazing is how Safina managed to make it to number 1 when she moves like a herniated lumberjack.
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