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    Could Nadal return serve on your local court?

    It's not hard to reach drop shots that land beyond the service line.
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    Nick criticizes the big 3: "they don't do anything spectacularly well."

    Yes your correction is right. Quick serving is poor sportsmanship as is delaying the server to indulge in non essential ritual. Kyrgios doesn't seem to have this problem against other players, who deem his speed of play to be reasonable. He's entitled to play at an identical speed against Nadal...
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    Can you spell overrated with Alexander Zverev?

    Is that Zverev's darkest hour? The world #3 losing to a semi retired 36yo. Hope there was some pouting and racquet smashing.
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    Nick criticizes the big 3: "they don't do anything spectacularly well."

    Given Kyrgios's head to head is competitive with all 3, why would he regard any of them as unbeatable?
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    Nick criticizes the big 3: "they don't do anything spectacularly well."

    What Kyrgios is saying is that other players are too deferential to the big 3. There's clearly a power play going on in a Kyrgios/Nadal match over speed of play and Kyrgios should engage in that. Pound the serve straight at him if Nadal sticks his racquet up to stop the serve. Get on the umpire...
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    Is Cilic finnish

    Is it a happy wife if she shows up to the tennis to watch her man lose all the time?
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    Is Cilic finnish

    He's been playing poorly since he got married. Not sure if it's related or a coincidence.
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    What is the most surprising thing in tennis in the last 10 years?

    The way stan played in his slam finals he may well have defeated the emerging young player. He did beat Nadal then Djokovic twice in slam finals...
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    Is Wawrinka still a top contender to win a Slam?

    I can't see him as a top contender. He came back from injury 14 months ago, is ranked 37 and is turning 34 in a few days. It's not absolutely impossible he gets another shot at glory but time is running out.
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    A Radical idea about the Tour calendar

    People seem to be making a virtue out of necessity by advocating for hardcourts. Were maintenance costs and labour the same more tennis would be played on grass than hardcourt. Playing on hardcourt is really a cost based compromise. They could play grass court tournaments in Adelaide then Perth...
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    LostGen Power rankings

    Surely lost gen is players born from 1989-97.
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    Participation rate of tournaments

    Did they skip Rio because the precious little petals had security concerns? Based on the pre Rio trend over 80% can be expected to show up in Tokyo.
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    Participation rate of tournaments

    Definitely the Olympics should be considered a big tournament based on those numbers. A lot of players opted out of going to Rio but aside from that participation by the elite is strong and in an uptrend.
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    How do tennis players pay their taxes?

    Most of them only pay tax in the country where the tournament is played, and make sure of that by having their official residence in a tax haven.
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    Who will be the next no. 1?

    Of course it's mathematically incorrect that Nadal needs to win Wimbledon to be number 1. He could dominate clay, lose early at Wimbledon, then win the Roger's Cup, Cincinatti, USO, Shanghai, Bercy, the WTF and Australian Open and reclaim the number 1 ranking. But how likely is a 33yo who is...
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    Who will be the next no. 1?

    More technology than strategy. Didn't even know it was cut that way until you pointed it out.
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    Federer's top 10 tournaments since he turned 30.

    He did beat 4 top 10 players, something he may never have done before given the seeding system.
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    Who will be the next no. 1?

    Yes but I think he's retired or withdrawn before the start of something like 13 of his last 16 hard court tournaments, and that's an issue that doesn't appear to be going away. If he's a part time hard court player he needs to win Wimbledon to be number 1.
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    Ronnie OSullivan says Federer would have 40 Slams if it weren't for Rafole

    This guy's point does underline the specious nature of GOAT slam tallies. It may well be that Federer would have 25 slams if one of Nadal/Djokovic wasn't around, and 30 if neither were there. Whoever wins the slam count out of the big 3 will be usurped by a great player competing against fewer...
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    Federer's top 10 tournaments since he turned 30.

    Surely AO 17 has to be number 1. Federer had obviously always been a magnificent player, but at what other tournament did he do anything to match beating Nadal after losing the 4th and going down a break in the 5th. Did anyone seriously think he had the will, nerve and resolve to beat Nadal in a...
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    Who will be the next no. 1?

    How does getting less points than Djokovic get Nadal to number 1? He needs to win Wimbledon to reclaim the number 1 ranking, something he hasn't done for 9 years.
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    Naomi Osaka gets sued by former tennis coach

    Parent singular perhaps given the alleged contract is with her father. It could easily be some gold digging by the former coach. How hard is it to draw up a bogus contract to try and extort money?
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    What's with this new trend that Djokovic doesn't care about Masters anymore?

    Djokovic hadn't played a tournament in 6 weeks and probably took time off after the AO. Not surprising he'd lose at Indian Wells that being the case. His ranking is safe for the foreseeable future with neither Nadal nor Zverev (or anyone else )in any position to challenge for #1 before the USO.
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    Naomi Osaka gets sued by former tennis coach

    How does Naomi Osaka not honouring a contract that she never entered into tell us anything about her?
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    Naomi Osaka gets sued by former tennis coach

    It's clear that Naomi doesn't owe any money. It's possible her father does if the contract is legitimate. If he still has no money even with a legitimate contract then the former coach will get 20% of nothing.
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    Thiem can win FO and USO

    He was reasonably dangerous against Nadal at the USO last year losing 7-6 in the 5th. In reality anyone Nadal faces late in a hard court tournament is dangerous because by that stage his body is usually falling apart.
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    Thiem can win FO and USO

    I think his chance of winning a slam is better on hard court while ever Nadal is around and playing well. The USO might be his chance for a breakthrough slam.
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    who out of the top 10 in the 2004 year end rankings can zverev beat consistently and comfortably?

    Zverev would need to learn forehand to have much chance against any of those players.
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    Why do pros hit right at their opponents at net

    The only thing Berdych had to be upset about was missing the volley.
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    Why do pros hit right at their opponents at net

    The reason for rifling the ball directly at the player at net is to prevent them guessing a direction on your passing shots. If the volleyer knows you're going either side of them they have a free guess on your passing shot with the chance to make a winning volley. If there's a 3rd possibility...
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