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  1. terribleIVAN

    Scary proposition: Nadal with Gasquet's one-hander backhand

    Rafa makes a lot of UE with his BH. He also struggles on his return of serve with it. It's true he can use it as a weapon, but it requires perfect positioning and physical engagement. Gasquet can arrive late on the ball, be not very well physically, and still send a missile anywhere on the...
  2. terribleIVAN

    Scary proposition: Nadal with Gasquet's one-hander backhand

    Nope. Can't take it on the rise like Richard. It's an instant winner when he unleashes it.
  3. terribleIVAN

    Scary proposition: Nadal with Gasquet's one-hander backhand

    Of course, it would be a lefty BH. Rafa would be a monster, spraying winners all over the court from both sides.
  4. terribleIVAN

    Goran explains how Djokovic can win the 2021 French Open

    Novak can actually destroy Rafa at RG. Provided he tears some muscle beforehand during the first week.
  5. terribleIVAN

    Best backhand of all time?

    Where's Mac ?
  6. terribleIVAN

    Best backhand of all time?

    The man who loved women (Boris)
  7. terribleIVAN

    Why #18 feels so good

    You're thick, aren't you ? These 4 aren't pushing 35; they're +10 years younger. Rafa isn't winning anymore USO or AO.
  8. terribleIVAN

    Why #18 feels so good

    Nadal on hard cannot even beat anymore his pigeons. Thiem, Zverev, Medvedev, Tsitsipas will best him regularly at those slams. Never mind Novak.
  9. terribleIVAN

    Can Nadal get 25 Majors

    He'll always be vulnerable there to big servers because his moronic strategy of returning from the trenches. It makes him unable to break, and thus he needs to win tie breaks, where his old age will disadvantage him. He basically threw that semi vs Fed.
  10. terribleIVAN

    Why #18 feels so good

    Poppycock. Nadal cannot beat Novak on hard at slams anymore. The strategic deficit is too big to be overcome by his old legs.
  11. terribleIVAN

    Why doesn’t Rafa just say it how it is?

    This COVID situation with a reduced number of tournaments kind of plays in favour of Rafa and Novak, since they can rest a little more their old bodies and thus prolong their stay at the top.
  12. terribleIVAN

    Patrick Mouratoglou the enigma

    The guy is a Daddy's boy: never was a pro, never was even good at tennis (being spotted at 11 as a good junior is a joke). On the link you provided, he basically admits he owes his coaching career to Bob Brett ( he plagiarized him) which he hired to run his academy. The Serena romantic affair...
  13. terribleIVAN

    Is Federer crazy for coming back?

    What if he returns and goes immediately bust ? The pressure will be immense on him.
  14. terribleIVAN

    Patrick Mouratoglou the enigma

    And even for Serena, things aren't the usual coach-player relationship; they dated for years.
  15. terribleIVAN

    SERENA WILLIAMS WILL NOT STOP UNTIL SHE AT LEAST EQUALS GRAND SLAM RECORD - PATRICK MOURATOGLOU

    There's no substitute for youth. Serena can train as much as she pleases, once she enters the last 4, she's going bust. Her and Roger are going to learn it the hard way.
  16. terribleIVAN

    Roger's got a new look...

    Look at the thread " Fed news" : someone posted a january picture where he looks like Skeletor. Huge muscle loss. This isn't going to go well.
  17. terribleIVAN

    Bo3 Format at the USO, how long?

    You really want to upset me, do you?
  18. terribleIVAN

    FEDAL-Try to be Objective

    I've never seen prime Federer able to maintain his level over the distance vs young Rafa. He always ran out of gas. He should definitely have lost that W 2007 final as he was totally done during the fourth set, but got super lucky. And prime Rafa on grass might be 2010, where Fed bombed out...
  19. terribleIVAN

    Say it with me, 24 Grand Slams won in the 60s and 70s does not count

    Grand Slams won in the 60's and 70's, with players using wooden rackets, pretty one handed backhands, venturing to the net, without fancy trainers or magic "supplements", and being weighed in the same day of their contest thus not allowing a big weight cut, definitely count DOUBLE than in the...
  20. terribleIVAN

    Where is Federer?

    You serious ? There's positively nothing in life comparing to the joy of chasing a yellow ball.
  21. terribleIVAN

    SERENA WILLIAMS WILL NOT STOP UNTIL SHE AT LEAST EQUALS GRAND SLAM RECORD - PATRICK MOURATOGLOU

    She barely managed to land a shot in the court during the first set vs Osaka. Also, she cannot get to corner shots anymore. She just lets them fly by her. Each year is getting harder; each year her tank runs emptier and emptier in the later stages. Losing weight is weakening her. AO was...
  22. terribleIVAN

    Is Federer crazy for coming back?

    Yes but then he flopped vs Tsitsipas in the semis and couldn't even contend for the title. People only remember the winner of events, not who beat when during the tournament. Fed needs to reach a slam final before retirement, otherwise 40-15 will stand for eternity.
  23. terribleIVAN

    Where is Federer?

    Hes busy helping vaccinate African kids; Bill Gates has him on his payroll. .
  24. terribleIVAN

    Is Federer crazy for coming back?

    Same reason Serena needs to retire: he's risking becoming a cripple for the rest of his life. Serena could barely chase fast balls this fortnight, and i expect Roger to be in the same boat. I'm not even sure he comebacks at all.
  25. terribleIVAN

    Is Federer crazy for coming back?

    He's desperate to erase the memory of 40-15, which is a terrible way to end one's career, especially at your pet slam and against your greatest rival soon to eclipse your records. He's looking to reach at last a slam final, thanks to the lack of talent at the moment. Serena is in the same boat.
  26. terribleIVAN

    Bo3 Format at the USO, how long?

    Look at the 45 years past history in slams and how many dramatic 5 setters we got, that defined the game. Lendl - Mac RG 1984 Edberg - Becker W 1990 Gaudio - Coria RG 2004 Nadal - Djokovic AO 2012 Nadal - Federer AO 2009 and 2017 Djokovic - Fedrer USO 2010 and 2011 Federer - Nadal W 2007...
  27. terribleIVAN

    Nadal will NOT win FO 2021

    "Nadal can kiss RG 2021 adios !" I have spoken.
  28. terribleIVAN

    2021 AO Men's Final: [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [4] Daniil Medvedev (RUS)

    Novak to default to Medvedev, ala Federer. Book it.
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