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    Novak exploited Nadal's backhand using high spin forehand...

    Djokovic has been hitting the ball to Nadal's backhand to varying degrees for 14 years. You can watch Miami 2007 and see the same rally dynamics.
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    Tactics: Djokovic - Nadal, RG 2021

    RG 2021 was different from RG 2020 for both players. Conditions, time of year, lead-up etc. In 2020, I think Rafa played as well as he could in the first 2 sets and Djokovic played into his hands by losing all his patience after the first set went against him. Mentally, I don't think Djokovic...
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    Tactics: Djokovic - Nadal, RG 2021

    Djokovic's intensity levels are different at Roland Garros compared to a Masters 1000. He was always going to play harder, be more dialled in on the return and commit to the long rallies more in a slam SF. Rafa had a level of serve dominance in Rome that is very difficult to maintain over 5...
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    Sensational Roger Federer Interview - injury update and retirement

    It sounds like, if he's able to recover to the point where he can play without hurting himself, Wimbledon 2023 would be the natural end.
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    Tactics: Djokovic - Nadal, RG 2021

    Djokovic was using the dropshot the whole clay season, mainly because of court positioning. He doesn't want to allow his opponent to be comfortable camping out behind the baseline, where they can often generate more topspin than him on clay. It applies even more to Rafa, given even the 30+ year...
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    1995 Andre Agassi vs 2011 Novak Djokovic at the old rebound ace AO best of five set match. best of 10 matches. Who would win and by how much?

    Wawrinka/Agassi one of the weirdest comparisons I've seen... Wawrinka is hardest for Djokovic on clay because of the higher bounce and slower surface, and Djokovic struggles against Wawrinka's serve. He also has an extremely passive block return and often goes much further behind the baseline...
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    Yeah, I'd really like a 320-325g Tour version.
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    The Official Angell Users Club

    ASL2 is also 16x19 but not uncontrollable. Underrated frame imo.
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    Fastest serving racquet?

    Tbh the reality is that the equipment is not going to make a massive difference in the max speed. Guys were hitting massive serves with wooden racquets even. Unless you have a real issue with height relative to competition, consistency would always be more important. Isner probably needs an...
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    Fastest serving racquet?

    What he said. The biggest servers are the tallest players. I was the biggest server at my club because I was the tallest player. Taller players have longer levers; longer levers enable you to generate more power. An extended racquet simulates the player having longer arms. Not that many...
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    Is there a "Poly-like" non-poly string?

    Tecnifibre Triax is expensive but I saw someone on these forums who made the switch and said it gave them what they wanted (i.e. poly-ish experience with much more comfort).
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    One handed backhand players, favorite/best rackets?

    It's interesting that racquets used by top pros with OHBHs are largely actually available to buy. Federer: RF97 Thiem: Pure Strike 18x20 Tsitsipas: Blade 18x20 (I know it's not the current retail version on sale) Evans & Lajovic: Pro Staff 95 (can get it from Wilson Pro Labs) Musetti: Extreme...
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    Did you buy a new racquet in 2021!

    I've been bored due to COVID and experimenting with new racquets after returning to tennis, so I went a bit crazy this year. Have bought: 1) ProKennex Q Tour 325 (2019) x2 2) Angell ASL2 3) Diadem Elevate Tour 4) Angell TC95 16x19 5) Angell TC97 16x19 Also got these for my birthday and...
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    Did Murray over achieve in his career?

    He underachieved in his 30s due to injury, that cost him maybe 1-3 more slams. Before that, his achievements match his talent. - 3 slams - 2 gold medals - Year end #1 - Finalist at all 4 slams - Loads of masters titles - Davis Cup - Big titles on every surface - Loads of big wins against the...
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    has Djokovic reached a higher level on Clay compared to Grass?

    Djokovic is a better grass court player because it brings out his best qualities (once he adapted to be the surface). His baseline piece and particularly his return are more unique on grass because it's a more serve dominant surface. He benefits from the support on his own serve, while still...
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    How do you like this new Davis Cup finals format compared to the prior format?

    DC's previous schedule and format had massive problems (i.e that top players didn't play). Moving to a tournament format is necessary. But it needs a better spot on the calendar.
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    How do you like this new Davis Cup finals format compared to the prior format?

    It's a shame to lose BO5 but the problem with BO5 is it's not a format that's conducive to a congested schedule. You can't play BO5 every day. The slams can do it because they have a day in between. Ultimately if you had Federer Vs Nadal and Wawrinka Vs Ferrer in the final of the World Cup of...
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    How do you like this new Davis Cup finals format compared to the prior format?

    I don't have a problem with the format becoming Bo3. It's very much possible to have a great event with Bo3. The ATP Cup is a very fun event. The problem is that they have taken away the passionate crowd atmosphere and they have not fixed the calendar problems that cause top players to not...
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    Best suited racket for Advanced (4.5-5.0) aggressive baseline player

    I would second the Pure Strike Tour recommendations.
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    B. (what kind of joke is this) F.

    97p is class
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    Federer and Djokovic switch oppenents

    I have no idea how anyone can confidently back any version of Federer against pre-2015 Nadal. Federer literally didn't beat Nadal at any slam for 10 years and was already struggling with him on his favourite surface, at his peak, when Nadal was still developing his game.
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    ProKennex Ki Q+ Tour Pro 315 (2021 model)

    The 2019 version has an uninspiring but fairly inoffensive design. Same name. Nice racquet.
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    Final Slam count - Medvedev, Zverev, Tsitsipas

    I don't think anyone was quite so silly about Nadal, but lots of people said things like "he'll never win off clay" and then "he'll always struggle on hard" and then "he'll be finished by the time he's in his late 20s". Ultimately, Nadal and Djokovic both show you how much a player can evolve...
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    Vote for the best Open Era Seasons (Men)

    I still think Djokovic going 10-1 against Fedal in 2011 is the most impressive thing a male player has ever done. 4-1 at the slams against Fedal, unbeaten against Rafa on clay, 2 matches lost by the end of the slam season (to Federer and Murray).
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    Is AZverev the best player in Open era without a Slam title?

    It's much more important to have a great backhand than good volleys in the modern game. Tsonga was only better than Zverev on grass, and that's only 1 slam. Zverev's 2nd serve was horrific and has now progressed to manageable, so it's less of a problem. He's become much more consistently...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    Disclaimer: I only played with it twice, so I'm not pretending I know the racquet inside out. I really liked it on serves, could generate spin very easily. I just thought the shape of the racquet was lovely. Slightly thicker beam with smaller headsize + 16×19 equals fantastic feeling as it...
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    The Big 3s, shot by shot

    Sliding on hardcourt and doing the splits on recovery or passing shots are not things that were being done until very recently in tennis history. Sliding is inherently superior for defensive shots because it allows you to have more lateral reach and faster deceleration, meaning you can recover...
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    Diary of a Racketaholic

    If you like player frames that are friendly to modern topspin, I like: Babolat Pure Strike Tour Prince Phantom 97p Volkl C10 Pro Dunlop CX Tour 16x19 Head 360+ Prestige Pro
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    Is AZverev the best player in Open era without a Slam title?

    Zverev will definitely win a slam and is a significantly better player than the likes of Berdych and Tsonga. I liked both players a lot growing up, but both have massive holes in their games (Berdych a very limited mover and defender, and Tsonga a very technically flawed backhand and...
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    Federer trying to play professional tennis again is ridiculous, the more I think about it

    He was in the R16 of RG and QF of Wimbledon just a few months ago while being clearly unfit. It's not like he got annihilated in the 1st round of every tournament he played. He went 9-4 this season and 7-2 in slams.