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    Will Murray suffer another dip in form after his recent loss.

    As some of you are aware Murray fell of the mountain after his AO final loss to Federer earlier this year. Some say it was due to injury, some say it was mental and others say it was depression. Whatever, the reason, it was clear that Murray had lost the winning feeling and was losing matches...
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    Is Uncle Toni one the best tactical coach's

    Rafa's uncle and coach Toni does not get enough credit but what he has achieved with Rafa is unbelievable. He guided Rafa to clay court dominance early on in Rafa's career. Then helped Rafa develop a solid grass court game. What ever Rafa's detractors say Rafa does change many aspects of his...
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    Thoughts on watching Nadal live today at WTF.

    I was at the 02 arena today for the Nadal vs Soderling match for their round robin match. I had great seats for the match I was about 5 rows away from the court at level 1 row E for those in the know. I thought Robin looked razor sharp in the first set. He was cleaning the lines especially...
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    Changing Federer's Destiny Terminator style.

    I am bored so please bear with me. If you could go back in time and destroy the Legend that is Federer ala Terminator when would you go back. And instead of terminating Federer you could influence the outcome of a match which you believe would hinder his chances of becoming part of the...
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    Who would have thought?

    Who would have thoght at the end of 2008 that Nadal would not win or make the final of either FO or Wimbledon? Who would have thought that Federer after losing the AO in 2009 would go on to win the FO and Wimbledon? Who would have thought Del Potro would have beaten Federer at the US Open...
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    Is the next generation of wta girls an insurance write off!

    It seems to me the young up and comers may be a bust at the highest level. When you look at the future of the wta it does not fill you with confidence. The 'it' girls like Azarenka, Radwansa, Wozniacki and Safina dont seem to me to have the pedigree of champions. Safina seems destined to...
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    Del Potro: Rise of the Power Player.

    My thoughts on this win is with total astonishment. I went to bed after DP lost the 3rd set as I assumed that Fed would finish it off in 4. The 3rd set in these sort of matches is crucial and Fed appeared to have taken the wind out of DP's sails. Then I wake up some hours later to read that DP...
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    No one defended their GS title this year?

    It has been noted by some observers that this year represents the year of change. Whether you accept that or not - there has been some changes in the tenis scene. Last year the grand slam champions for both men's and women's singles were as follows: AO Djokovic...
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    To be this is nothing but to be safely thus?

    The above title is from the Shakespeare Play, Macbeth. In the Play, Macbeth plots his way to the Crown and becomes King. Once he is King he realises that staying King is difficult because he has a bullseye on him. In many ways Rafa is in the same predicament. Rafa is world no 1 and it seems...
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    He beat me when i had the match under control says Rafa.

    spoiler. A lot of people like to comment on what the top players say about other players. Yesterday Federer got a lot of flak for talkiing about Novak's history of retirements. Today, Nadal said that he (Simon) beat him last year in Madrid when he (Rafa) had the match under control. Some...
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    Reason's why Murray has been beating Federer.

    1. Murray has fantastic returns and causes Federer to play more balls than he prefers. Federer has even started double faulting with each match he plays Murray - signs that Fed is going for more on 2nd serves. 2. Federer has huge dips in his 1st serve percentage against Murray. Federer...
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    2009 could be great for Djokovic?

    The last player that won their 1st grand slam and TMC in the same year went on to win 3 grand slams the following year. They also became the world no 1 and went on to dominate the game for the next 4 years. That player used the springboard of winning a grand slam plus winning the TMC to...
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    Top 5 wta could give top 5 atp run for their money?

    A top coach at my club was confident that Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva and Ana Ivanovic could pose big problems to Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Nikolai Davydenko. It was one of the most amusing things to happen at the club...
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    Why does Kutznetsova perform poorly in finals?

    Kutznetsova is one of the leading wta players and is a firm top 10 player who has won a slam and big titles. But she has a history of losing many finals per year. This year she has lost 5 straight finals. I find it strange with her big serve and forehand that she would struggle so much on the...
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    Will a strategic/smart player ever dominate the WTA again?

    I have been watching the Radwanska sisters who have done quite well from juniors to the seniors. The elder Radwanska has managed to get inside the top 20. But i am wondering how far she could go. Agniezka Radwanska plays with a lot of variety and has been likened to Martina Hingis. But she finds...
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    I Never noticed this about Blake before.

    During his match vs Federer today i noticed that Blake gets out manouvered a lot and appears to struggle with his balance. I don't know if it his shoes or the spin of Fed's shots but was contantly chasing his feet on wide shots. I also agree with TW posters who state that Blake plays with...
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    Federer's 2nd best surface is now clay!

    Over the past few years Federer has been desperately trying to improve his clay court game in order to defeat his great nemesis, Rafa Nadal. Federer has hired various coaches over the years in an attempt to overcome the King of clay. While Federer has been unsuccesful in his attempts to defeat...
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    Federer is a moden day Julius Ceasar!

    Like Ceasar Federer destroyed the Pompey (Hewitt) domination. He then imposed his own dominant regime. This created enemies such as Cassius (Djokovic), Brutus (Nadal) and Casca (Murray). Cassius was openly envious of Ceasar's power and openly flouted him like Djokovic this year at the AO...
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    How will 2008 be described in 20 years?

    As i was reading through the various posts and the varying opinions i was wondering how this year will be remembered by those in future years. As it stands, Nadal has won 2 GS and built up a consecutive 5 title run on 3 different surfaces. He has also defeated the world no 1 and 3 6 times...
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    The Djokovic forehand!

    I have been watching Novak for the past few weeks and noticed that he has his ups and downs on the forehand side. In Novak's two defeats to Murray, his fh has broken down completely. Murray seems to be able to give Novak problems by mixing up the pace to the fh but crucially Murray does not hit...
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    I think it is all bad luck for Federer so far.

    Everyone is slaughtering him and saying he is washed up but if you think about it, there is a simple cause and effect at play. If you accept the mono argument, Federer was still good enough to go the sf at the AO and was close to taking set 1 before losing it and then perhaps the battle...
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    Who was the most effective returner of all time?

    This question is not to be confused with best return. When i say efective i mean which player do posters feel made a high proportion of returns on a consistent basis that caused more problems for the server. Most people tend to say guys like Connors and Agassi when it comes to returning but...
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    Who had better backhand passing shot?

    As you some of you may be aware i have been watching a lot of the 80's matches featuring Becker and Edberg and I forgot how good Edberg was at hitting his backhand topspin shot. I know many people marvel at how good Federer is today but probably forget that guys like Stich, Edberg, Lendl all...
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    Who had better volley skills; McEnroe or Edberg?

    McEnroe and Edberg are two of the finest s&v of their time. They won 5 Wimbledon trophies between them and 10 grass court titles overall. However, I would like to compare their volleying skills to see who was better. McEnroe was known for his featherly touch and feel while Edberg had more...
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    My take on the final with a tactical analysis.

    In the 1st set Federer played a sloppy 3rd game and was broken. But after that Federer served well and looked better on serve than Nadal. In fact, I thought Federer should have broken Nadal, as he was in almost all Nadal's serving games in set 1. In set two Federer maintained a good...
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    Why do people feel Nadal will dominate the real estate!

    I have been reading the various predictions for the men's Wimbledon finals and most of the opinion is that Nadal will easily win the baseline war. Have I been watching the same tournament as some of you? It's almost as if Roger has transformed into Edberg over the last few weeks and needs to be...
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    An Objective account of Sunday's Dream final.

    I have been fortunate to watch all 12 matches that both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have played thus far at Wimbledon. I have seen first hand their prospective merits and weaknesses in the last 2 weeks. As we prepare for Part 3 of this trilogy I will predict who I believe will be victorius on...
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    Venus or Serena? Who is your favourite for the final.

    This thread is for who posters think will win and why. So please no trolls or flamers, there are far to many threads on that already. I personally would like to see Venus win her 5th title. I also like how Venus carries herself on and off court. After all these years of watching both sisters I...
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    Tipsaveric, Philosophy and Rafa.

    I was watching 'Today at wimbledon' (Highlights show of day 6 at wimbledon) today and was fascinated to learn that Tipsaveric is a huge Philosophy and psychology nut. During his press conference he talked about his reading material which includes Russian Philospher Dostoevsky amongst others...
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    Wimbledon - Simon says: Nadal is the favourite

    Rafael Nadal is the favourite to unseat five-time defending champion Roger Federer says British Eurosport head commentator Simon Reed. He went on to add: "It's going to take a super performance to beat him. Djokovic might produce that super performance, and I think the way it is at the...
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