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  1. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    In this case there aren't any big weaknesses to study so maybe it would have made him even more nervous or had no effect, but I guess it couldn't have hurt given the result... Maybe he should have studied the previous opponents' weaknesses so that he didn't have to play 3 matches of 5 sets...
  2. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    He's not just getting the ball in the court. All pros do that. He has a short take back on both sides which allows him to take the ball early. He hits it flat with a low string tension which means it moves pretty quickly through the court despite the short take back and doesn't bounce very high...
  3. AlecG

    The Ruud Awakening!

    Great. Another tennis hater that needs to get a life.
  4. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    Not having a sponsor is also part of his mystique. He looks like a classy hippy and an individual, instead of just looking the same as all the others. :cool: It probably doesn't help in this heat though compared to something high tech...
  5. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    I shouldn't have Googled this for you when you could have just done it yourself but yes to Tilden and Rosewall, no to Connors and Laver.
  6. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    He's in the top 20 for the first time! New career high of 19. He's 18 in the live rankings. Good win against poor Stan.
  7. AlecG

    The Ruud Awakening!

    Hasn't dropped a set this year, and his opponents weren't playing bad imo...
  8. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    Yep. Looks like the official Live rankings were wrong about how many points he was on. I'm surprised it's that unreliable.
  9. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    New career high of 21 in live rankings! Humbert won too so he's at 20. Hasn't gone through to official rankings yet...
  10. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    I'll be supporting Mannarino but I'd be happy for Draper too given his struggles. Draper playing well is dangerous. Should be a good one.
  11. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    You sure? ATP live rankings says that he will go to 1,765 points, which will put him 5 points AHEAD of Cerundolo. It's likely that Humbert will win the title in Metz, but if Humbert doesn't and Mannarino does, that would put Mannarino at number 20. If both of them win the title, Mannarino will...
  12. AlecG

    You can win 20 slams - choose your distribution

    You're confusing what the Big Three don't win as much, with what is hard for everyone else to win. There's a reason the guys with only one Slam like Cilic, Del Potro, Medvedev and Thiem all have a US Open title only. The French Open is easiest for Nadal but the most difficult or second most...
  13. AlecG

    You can win 20 slams - choose your distribution

    I guess US Open has been the hardest to win for the Big Three because they were already tired from going deep at the three more important ones ;)
  14. AlecG

    You can win 20 slams - choose your distribution

    True... You mean a larger number of winners? Doesn't that reduce prestige? Seems like the easiest to win by far since at least the start of the Big Three era. AO: Gotta beat Djokovic who has won it 10 times FO: Gotta beat Nadal who has won it 14 times W: Gotta beat Federer who has won it 8...
  15. AlecG

    You can win 20 slams - choose your distribution

    I see. Why do you think USO is more important than FO?
  16. AlecG

    You can win 20 slams - choose your distribution

    20 x Wimby is a fine choice for money & getting to play at that level for that many years, but you'll have more prestige as a player if you win all of the others at least once. If I the only thing I cared about were prestige I'd probably do this one: I think FO is more prestigious than USO...
  17. AlecG

    You can win 20 slams - choose your distribution

    Does anyone here who is not American think USO is more "important" than Roland Garros?
  18. AlecG

    You can win 20 slams - choose your distribution

    AO: 20 Imagine being that fit and healthy for that long, and not having to inhale the much worse air pollution in the other three cities, :P plus the best rally ever is an AO rally (maybe the cleaner air helped). People would watch my best rallies for centuries.
  19. AlecG

    College tennis utr

    You're right that at his age he should be focused on development, but if you play players who are much better than you that's not necessarily ideal either. Some kids will improve more when they're losing. Some will improve more when they're winning. I'd say on average the improvement will be...
  20. AlecG

    College tennis utr

    It isn't true that you need to beat or lose narrowly to better players. That's one way to do it, but your UTR also increases if you win more games than an opponent at the same UTR as yourself, or beat a player who has lower UTR than you by a larger than expected margin. However, UTR is based on...
  21. AlecG

    Is Ruud the weakest no. 2 ever?

    The problem with this whole thread (apart from how silly it is to talk about a "weak" number two in the world in arguably the most competitive sport in the world) is that you can't really do a fair comparison between a 24 year old player with the whole career of a historical figure. Tommy Haas...
  22. AlecG

    The Ruud Awakening!

    I think Zhang & his team are aware he doesn't have the fitness to fight hard for five sets. Or even three sets in a row. When Zhang is playing at his highest intensity he can beat just about everyone. So he focused on the 1st, 3rd & 5th sets & conserved energy in the second and fourth. & even...
  23. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    12 years ago he reached 49 which was his career high at that time but shortly after he dropped out of the top 100 for a year & a half, then slowly worked up to his current career high of 22, which he reached 5 years ago. Dropped back down to 72 (briefly) a couple of years ago. He's now at the...
  24. AlecG

    Is Adrian Mannarino any good ?

    Clarification, he would need to make the QFs to get to a new career high during the US Open. But he only has 90 points to defend for the rest of the season, so there's a chance that he could make it by the end of the year if he plays well.
  25. AlecG

    Is Ruud the weakest no. 2 ever?

    You seem to be having reading difficulties. You might want to try reading my original comment against more carefully. Bringing up Tsonga etc is completely irrelevant to my comment.
  26. AlecG

    Is Ruud the weakest no. 2 ever?

    You're still not getting my point. Key words are "before", "era" & "almost". Tsonga , Berdych, Del Potro were all *part* of the Big 3 era, not before it. I'm saying Ruud could beat *almost* any player *before* Nadal, Federer, Hewitt & Roddick. In the era before polyester strings he would have...
  27. AlecG

    Is Ruud the weakest no. 2 ever?

    They were during the Big 3 era. I said before. The Big 3 era didn't start in 2012 as I just said. But how were those guys ranked at Ruud's age?
  28. AlecG

    Is Ruud the weakest no. 2 ever?

    It sounds like you haven't. Firstly, the big 3 era started around 2006-2007, not in 2012. Secondly, I've watched Agassi & Sampras play & it's skillful but low power compared to the modern game. Unsurprising as they were using primitive nylon/gut strings for much of their careers, which means...
  29. AlecG

    Is Ruud the weakest no. 2 ever?

    I'm not convinced Elo is better for accuracy. Being able to win matches at Grand Slams is a better indicator of ability than beating players by large margins & losing by small margins in smaller tournaments where your opponents aren't trying as hard. Some of the best players including Ruud use...
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