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    Why Federer was not as dominant at Wimbledon than Nadal at Roland Garros ?

    my point about clay was that the type of clay was not changed. A hard court is the same court every day but can play faster or slower due to balls and weather etc. also, but clay cannot be made so easily different that the court itself is inherently lower bouncing or faster/slower all conditions...
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    Why Federer was not as dominant at Wimbledon than Nadal at Roland Garros ?

    Tough answer: I'd say this. Federer's game is a little more balanced than rafa's - it works well in all conditions (5 french finals besides rafa is an amazing clay career). He isn't as extremely suited to grass as Pete was or Kyrgios is. That is, if fed had more power and a slightly flatter...
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    Thiem And Rublev Knocked Out In R1 Practically Nobody Left To Challenge Rafa!

    Rublev is not a grand slam threat at any slam IMO. Djok and Rafa are still on another level to these guys in terms of: - movement (no other player moves as well offensively AND defensively). Too many players with only half the recipe (defense: demon, medvedev, evans, dimitrov, moutet all good...
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    Paris Court Conditions

    Not quite. I don't know why people think a clay court itself can't be fast or slow. It can. For years players have been saying the french at times can play faster than wimbledon - especially some of the outside courts. Things that matter: courts makeup, weather, balls I've heard this year...
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    Osaka's Sister Explains Why Naomi is skipping RG Press Conference

    Agree. But announcing on your twitter on the eve of the French with a sassy post about 'getting fined but whatever' comes across as out of touch. There are appropriate ways of starting this kind of discussion.
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    Osaka's Sister Explains Why Naomi is skipping RG Press Conference

    I thin Naomi isn't quite understanding the economics behind her $55 million a year that she gets to play tennis. I think anytime you command that amount of money, you better be good and on top of yourself. A CEO, a boss, or anyone wanting to command a salary that big wouldn't be able to tell...
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    How is this possible?

    Clay is the hardest, most physical form of tennis. You need extra strength and endurance in your body: the legs have to work a little harder, you have to generate a little more to attack guys. If you feel good on clay, it means that you've passed a very good physical test. Fed is training on...
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    Who are the best volleyer who have twohanded backhand?

    Off the top of my head Santoro Stepanek Murray Bjorkman Pospisil Tsonga Nalbandian
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    Top players with simplest, straightest groundstroke motion

    There are plenty who are just as simple, and perhaps more. Super simple of the young guys: Korda, Sinner 90s Simple - Agassi and Rios Nalbandian Fognini I think Djokovic nowadays is quite simple and more compact on the forehand. Mannarino. A very simple game but not ideal across all...
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    Why players puff/blow on their fingers?

    I used to do it when it was particularly cold to help warm my hitting hand. Never done it for sweat issues.
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    Where would number one woman rank on ATP?

    They go over 1000, but because 1500 say might only be 1 atp point, there could potentially be hundreds of players ranked '1500' because they all only have 1 point. https://www.atptour.com/en/rankings/singles?rankDate=2021-04-19&rankRange=1501-5000 at least 2000 with a point. Then chuck in...
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    Where would number one woman rank on ATP?

    I've had this discussion a lot. The answer I provide doesn't sit well with people in today's political climate, but the reality is that the best women would not be close to cracking the top 1000 of men's tennis. Some top state juniors I know play top atp women in practice sets and "wreck' them...
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    Which player would win a woody tournament?

    Easiest 'adjustment' to wood My Criteria; conservative grips. Simple swing paths. heavy (tending toward even-balanced frames, depolarised), flatter hitters Recent players off the top of my head Lopez Delpo RBA Tomic Gasquet Players most fooked Sock Tiafoe khachanov Of course, I still think...
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    Dan Evans could be so much better if he improved his fitness

    Been saying for a while that Evans is one of the smartest players on tour - I think his fitness is actually quite good now. Under-rated how effective he is at understanding his own game/strength and weaknesses, and adapting it to his opponent. For a short player with no real power he does...
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    Djokovic does not like good slicers

    My thoughts: Evans' game matched up well with the conditions: wind + colder conditions meant a low, slow, and junky ball. Djokovic's game is set up to absorb: pace and weight of shot *helps" novak find his comfort. It's the reason why he struggles against guys like RBA and Medvedev more so than...
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    Most intelligent tennis player ever? (tennis wise)

    Off the top of my head; Dan Evans Stepanek Nadal Fed Djok Murray Lopez Gilbert Santoro Simon *I think it's hard to separate talent and intelligent play *sometimes* - talented players make shots that would seem dumb if they missed them but seem obviously the right choice if you are able to make it.
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    Who has better forehand: Sampras or Djokovic

    Djok time for me is 2011 when he really became the pinnacle he is now. I think Verdasco/Soderling FH's are bigger, but one thing I think people under-rate is how consistent Djokovic's forehand is and how good he returns from that side. His return of serve off that wing is light-years ahead of...
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    Definite kink in his service action - he has fed strokes but doesn't take advantage of them/plays too passively. Has great slice, intangibles, but he mentally was never there either.
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    The reduction in swingweight is a function of their swing - they are related.
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    Agree that Fed, Rafa, Nole are athletes in a class of their own. One thing I think Nextgen players lack is the ability to play defence and showcase 'intangibles'; things not taught but acquired through experience. The big four all had an ability to jag back awkward balls, slice, play blue-collar...
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    Disagree with eastern forehand being disadvantaged in today's game - whilst it is easier to hit a higher ball with a semi or western forehand, most tennis shots still occur below the shoulder, especially if the player can move well. Plus by the time you are a pro the grip strength/stability can...
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    Who has better forehand: Sampras or Djokovic

    A few things to consider: - groundstrokes today in general have been aided by strings and racquet tech evolution since Pete's era. There is a bias in terms of a) consistency and b) recency The fair thing to do is compare their forehands in the context of their era and against their peers and...
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    For the record, I am a teaching pro since 2012... Further, regarding your lag comments, don't complicate things. Lag is simply the delay in time between an action (starting the swing) and a reaction (the racquet being pulled through). More racquet lag creates more wrist lag because as Sock's...
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    Kyrgios goes philosophical in an emotional Instagram post

    the whole fallacy in this instagram-laden world of 'be yourself' and 'love yourself' is the notion that you're fine as you are. That may be the case, but the point is to accept that you can be better, own your mistakes, and actually show that you're making an effort to be better. If 'love...
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    The title talks about ceiling effects in nextgen forehand and I wrote in depth on the fact that timing was a major issue - how you arrived that 'power' was the central thesis is, again, your own doing. The article is a summary of what the best forehands have in terms of technique (gravity...
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    You missed the whole point of the article (if you read it). Your 'facts'; You generate the most force from 'neutral/flexed to extended' a) there is a big difference in neutral and flexed, b) you must consider equipment, a heavier object is harder to lag, which is why nextgen players with his...
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    1. Wrong. Lag is created when the arm starts to get pulled forward/swing 'starts', but the racquet head stays back/put. To do this to an extreme amount you need a to go from flexed ---> extended. Sock has the most lag i've ever seen, , from 7 to 10 seconds in this clip, sock's arm barely moves...
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    Rublev pretty typical modern forehand. Uses gravity to drop it. He has the best one along with thiem of the young guys I think
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    Soderling did this. One issue with WTA forehands is they cross the plane (racquet head behind the back) and this makes it harder to time the ball. Men use gravity and keep the frame in front of them making it easier to time the ball but still able to achieve big power.
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    NextGen forehands have ceiling effects in terms of SW

    I prefer thiem and rublev forehand
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