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    3-1 and serving, most important game in a set?

    Completely true. When you get broken serving at 3-1, you might be feeling down thinking "oh no I just lost the most important game of the set, now I guess I've lost all momentum". BUT... unbeknownst to you, your opponent at the same time might be thinking "Damn I fought like a maniac just to...
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    With just one masters left, who's the current favorite for the French?

    8 different finalists in the 4 biggest clay tournaments so far this year ! Last time it happened was in 2015, and before that we need to go back to the pre-Nadal era. Let's see if someone can buck the trend in Rome. In 2015 it was Djokovic. With Nadal doing poorly and Djokovic not quite as...
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    Fed has won 22 straight sets against Gasquet

    Gasquet has some skills but he was never athletic enough to really break through.
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    Karen Khachanov is now 2-3 in 2019 after winning Bercy

    Haha you can even extend the streak further back. Paris = bad 2002 Safin wins, the next year is terrible for him. 2001 Grosjean wins, next year his ranking drops and gets poor slam results. 2000 Safin wins, next year although not as bad as 2003 he fails to consolidate his 2000 breakthrough. You...
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    ATP's most exciting player? Dustin Brown?

    It's crazy what he did this week, on clay. I noticed 90+% of his dropshots came from his FH side, wonder why ? His ground game was very solid most of the time.
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    ATP current top 5 servers at 6'1 (185 cm) or under at the moment

    My bad, just checked and he's listed as 6ft1. Looks actually a bit shorter than Federer there !
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    ATP current top 5 servers at 6'1 (185 cm) or under at the moment

    Pouille is 6'3 I think. Gasquet's serve is/was pretty good for his height. He's listed as 6'1 but wingspan is probably 5'10 or so due to the narrow shoulders. Second Dodig, saw him live and his serve was indeed impressive.
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    How good was Agassi's FH?

    Very underrated shot ! Surprisingly consistent given how flat he often hit it, I guess thanks to his very simple and clean technique. Great shot selection too on that side in his later years.
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    Safin felt safer on the forehand even though his backhand was concidered better

    It's surprising that he said this. In his later years his FH was one of the most erratic among top players. You couldn't count on him hitting more than three in a row without making an UE. In his earlier years it was more solid, I think he hit it with more topspin.
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    What do non-British people think about Tim Henman?

    It was amazing when late in his career he made the FO SFs, even threatening the big favorite Coria for a while... He showed he also had a very adequate baseline game there. He also caused Federer a lot of trouble in their early matches, successfully rushing him I guess. I remember Sampras...
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    Why is Nadal's draw such a big deal?

    Point taken about Cilic and DelPo. You are right Cilic has been the more consistent one - his odds of actually reaching the SFs are definitely higher than DelPo's, but once there you feel it is DelPo who can pull off the big upset, not Cilic. DelPo has 16 wins vs the big 3, Cilic has only 5...
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    Why is Nadal's draw such a big deal?

    People claiming Nadal's draw is easy are looking at it compared to Federer's draw. But Djokovic's draw is really the easiest one. The Gasquet and PCB/Pouille combo in rounds 3 and 4 is significantly easier than Khachanov and Edmund for Nadal. After that, Djokovic's projected QF vs Federer looks...
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    freakish pro physiques

    Berdych has the tree trunk legs / scrawny upper body combo like many others on tour, but to a crazier level.
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    Why do pro players hit so short on most balls?

    At the ATP level it is all about ball trajectory and angles. Next time you watch an ATP match check out how many balls are headed for the corners, or even further out to the tramlines. It is impossible to get such angles by hitting deep.
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    Mikhail Youzhny announces he will retire after Moscow/St Petersburg this year

    Aside from Fed, there is no one left from the early 80s generation in the top 20. Kohlschreiber, Verdasco, Simon and Seppi are still hanging in the top 50... but apart from Kohl none of them can be said to have had a good year so far.
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    Is Big 3 +1 the solution to the debate?

    It seems no one is putting this in a timeframe. The big 4 concept makes sense when discussing a specific period, 2008-2014 fits best in my opinion. Although Murray was the weak link he was still making enough slam finals, winning MS and beating Fed/Nadal/Djok more often than anyone else. In...
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    Is Big 3 +1 the solution to the debate?

    It seems no one is putting this in a timeframe. The big 4 concept makes sense when discussing a specific period, 2008-2014 fits best in my opinion. Although Murray was the weak link he was still making enough slam finals, winning MS and beating Fed/Nadal/Djok more often than anyone else. In...
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    Berdych Withdraws from DC, Toronto, Cincy

    Everyone remembers his Wimbledon 2010 run but how about all the close SFs and QFs he's lost, in no particular order : AO 2012 to Nadal, crazy tight match, super high quality in the first 2 sets. Nadal could easily have found himself 2 sets down AO 2014 to Wawrinka, also so tight, was close to...
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    Anyone have SI joint problems (lower back)

    Have you tried performing hip mobility drills before playing ? That could help get your SI joint ready for the rigors of hard court tennis !
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    Nadal has 3550 points to defend after wimby.......

    Interestingly, although Fed didn't win the USO, he still has over 3 000 points to defend after Wimbledon... So assuming Fed defends Wimbledon, the need for Rafa to match last year's points will also depend a lot on Fed's performance.
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    Mischa Zverev will beat Rafa Nadal in Wimbledon

    Very similar opponent to Muller last year : veteran S&V specialist, lefty, great form going into Wimbledon (Muller had won his first ever title in 2017 and now Zverev has done it too)... Zverev's serve isn't quite as big as Muller's and he may be a bit tired having just won Eastbourne, but...
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    Why Didn't Lleyton Hewitt Have as Many Fans?

    The fan base was much more evenly spread out as no player was truly dominant in the late 90s early 00s period, and there were plenty of charismatic guys to choose from. When Hewitt was on top of the game around 2001-2002, you still had fans of Sampras, Agassi, Ivanisevic, Kuerten, Rafter etc as...
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    2018 French Open - Men's Singles - General Discussion Thread

    Nadal's path is generally easy but I'm thinking Shapovalov is the toughest potential 4th round he could have gotten in the entire draw, aside from Djokovic.
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    WI: Wimbledon 2002 under the same condition as Wimbledon 2001

    Agree, I was surprised Agassi won that USO match. What a godsend for Pete...
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    WI: Wimbledon 2002 under the same condition as Wimbledon 2001

    I don't think the final outcome would change much. If anything, faster and lower conditions might have benefited Hewitt even more, he liked that, and in 2002 he had a mental edge against most guys in the draw no matter what. Maybe Agassi could have threatened him since he beat him at the USO...
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    Nadal's inability to beat Djokovic in 2011

    What was said previously about the importance of the IW and Miami battles in early 2011 is very true. Both were tough matches that could have gone either way. Losing both in a row, in the final, especially the Miami 3rd set TB, gave Nadal a big mental block and on the other hand gave Djokovic a...
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    Better player between Soderling, Berdych and Tsonga?

    Soderling is the only one of the three that felt "scary good" at times. Everyone talks about his FO runs but he was actually very consistent in 2009-2011 before his illness, definitely deserving a 4-6 ranking. I remember him giving Berdych an absolute thrashing at the Bastad open in 2011...
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    Thiem's forehand swing is not that long/large/extravagant

    Soderling's FH had a way bigger swing, didn't prevent him from doing well indoors. Same for Delpo and a few others.
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    Nadal has lost too many opportunities this year

    Nadal needs to solve his mental issues in close matches. I've noticed since 2014 or so he is losing a lot more close matches than he is winning. Actually since USO 2015 every grand slam match he's lost has been in 5 sets, always against someone he was expected to beat. It happens in best of 3...
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    Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal (who is the superior / better baseliner)?

    Sure but why take clay away from the discussion ? Surely if we are discussing groundstrokes then clay has to be in there just like other surfaces, maybe even more so! To me one of the main reasons for Novak's dominance over Rafa in recent years off clay is the much improved serve + netgame.
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