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    How can I say no?

    Same for me, I play with less skilled players frequently. I try to practice my weaker shots and not call the ball out even when I see it out. In fact, I decided to use my backhand almost exclusively against one guy (probably, a mid-level 3.5) and nearly lost (had to switch back to...
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    2012 IW Final: Federer v. Isner

    The amazing thing is that Federer had almost twice as many aces as Isner -- 7 vs 4!
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    Roger Federer vs. Thomaz Bellucci - 2012 Indian Wells 4th Round

    That's a disappointing video -- nothing to be seen!
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    Agree or Disagree: Groundies In Doubles

    Same here. If i can pin the opponent behind the baseline and have a cross-court baseline rally, it is usually an advantage for me, at least against doubles players of similar skill.
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    Out call questioning... Am I in the wrong here?

    Well, for one thing the sensors in Hawkeye have limited precision. Obviously, it cannot be correct every time when the ball is very close to the line. I have seen a couple of cases, when it looked like Hawkeye was out of whack, but don't have any conclusive examples. It probably also depends...
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    How to deal with slice?

    I mean that you would get a low slice mid-court as you are approaching the net. If your volley is very solid, you can bend your knees and put it nicely in a corner, but most people cannot do that.
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    Out call questioning... Am I in the wrong here?

    Actually there is no reason to think Hawkeye is 100% correct, but it is unbiased and consistent.
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    How to deal with slice?

    Perhaps. But, I have seen this advice a lot, and against most people I would consider to be slicers it simply does not work. If you rush the net, you will be sliced to death.
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    How to deal with slice?

    Well, then it is not so much going to the net, but being generally aggressive, while not committing too many errors.
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    How to deal with slice?

    Best advice. Bending your knees low is the trick for dealing with slice. I am always puzzled by people who advocate going to the net against slicers. Volleying a nice low slice is by no means simple and it is very easy to pop the volley up for an easy putaway. Unless your net game is rock...
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    Dubai 2012 Discussion Thread

    Come on, when was the last time he lost to Youzny?
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    Can a guy exclusively using a slice backhand...

    Btw, I have watched a couple of Llodra matches recently (he is getting destroyed by Fed at the moment) and realized that he slices almost all of his backhands. His career results are very similar to those of Santoro -- not a superstar but a very solid pro player (in fact he has won two doubles...
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    Can a guy exclusively using a slice backhand...

    There is a wiki page with detailed information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabrice_Santoro Here is some more: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/sports/tennis/08tennis.html Another way to view his longevity: Of the 24 players who have been ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings, which began in...
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    Can a guy exclusively using a slice backhand...

    Fabrice Santoro has won 6 tournaments in singles and 24 in doubles (including two grand slams). Although, he was never one of the very top players, this is a very successful career by any standard.
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    Can a guy exclusively using a slice backhand...

    The original question is too obvious. If backhand slice was good enough for Graff, it is good enough for us hackers.
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    Can a guy exclusively using a slice backhand...

    The question is not whether Federer's slice would win at 4.5. He can play with a frying pan still win for all we know. The question is whether there are real 4.5 players, who play like that and are successful. For backhand the answer is clearly yes, for the forehand it is less clear, but looks...
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    Can a guy exclusively using a slice backhand...

    None of those guys use forehand slice exclusively. Santoro is the closest you get to that at the pro level but he still hits primarily topspin forehands.
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    Can a guy exclusively using a slice backhand...

    That's interesting. I know one guy somewhat similar, he recently got moved up to 4.5. He does not hit just slices, but most of his shots are flat or sliced. Very good movement and amazing consistency. First time I played with him, I thought it would be an easy set and got crushed 6:1...
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    Gauging NTRP levels

    I don't see what a racket has to do with anything. At the pro level small things may make a big difference but for rec players strings and rackets make a marginal difference at best. If I beat someone 6:1 using my normal racket, I would probably beat them 6:3 with a wooden racket. The same...
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    Can a guy exclusively using a slice backhand...

    better question It is clear that a player using only a slice backhand can be successful pretty much at any level. A more interesting question is whether a player using slice exclusively on both backhand and forehand can be successful at 4.5 or higher.
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    The Negative Price of Improvement

    A former D1 player is usually not 5.5, more likely 4.5. Still a big difference, but a few games are not out of the question.
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    Net play in 4.0 doubles help or hindrance?

    Well, if you are good at getting to the net you should definitely continue doing so. If you are getting outplayed so be it. As far as the serve is concerned, it can be tricky. A slower serve typically allows for a better return but also gives more time to get to the net. A hard flat serve...
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    Net play in 4.0 doubles help or hindrance?

    That's exactly right. Also, you have to be able to move forward fast enough to make sure the first volley is not too low (or even worse, a half-volley). Otherwise, it is a difficult shot even for the best players.
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    Net play in 4.0 doubles help or hindrance?

    Actually, I agree somewhat. I also find that staying at the baseline wins more points for me (a 4.0) than going to the net early. My volleys are actually pretty solid as are my ground strokes, but transition game is less so. If you cannot move forward smoothly and quickly, moving to the net is...
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    Roger's decline can be very clearly explained by one thing

    You seriously think that Fed has a problem with finances at any level??
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    Can You Call Your Own Shot Out?

    That's right, thank you. You can call the second point out, thus giving up the point, but not the first serve.
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    Can You Call Your Own Shot Out?

    I believe, you are not allowed to call your serve out.
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    If the Ball on the baseline is close ???

    You can never be 100% certain, if it is a close call, especially when trying to remember it afterwards. But if he saw it out, then it is fine.
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    Muster to retire next week

    Yeah, that's what I figured. Sun makes you look old. I am sure he is still very fit though.
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