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    Mecir's style of Play versus Rafa on clay

    It would be interesting. Mecir, the Big Cat, was a very good player at one time breaking into the top 5. He had an unorthodox hitting style and seemed to keep the racket on the ball somehow longer. IN reality he had very good disguise and feel. He was particularly effective against the Swedes...
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    Nadal can still easily surpass/match Federer's Slam count

    Personally, I say he has one slam left in him if the stars align and alot of players kill each other off in his draw. The guy is a step slower and injuries tend to accumulate. But so what if he doesnt win another. The guy has achieved real greatness in his sport no matter how you look at it.
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    L Mayer's take on Nadal and Federer

    Nadal is like a lefty flamethrower that throws a 100mph hastball like Randy Johnson. Fed is like Greg Maddox he throws a 90mph fastball but it moves all over the place and he can spot it for a strike. But also gets you with a viscous slider, curveball and off speed pitch.
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    Reasons Why Nadal Dominated Federer During Their Prime?

    A couple of things. Being a lefty gives Nadal a huge advantage on break points. He can serve on his deuce side (compared to a right handed player serving ad on those points) which is almost always the stronger serve for players because they can hit that sharp wide serve to the backhand. You...
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    Best 'Footwork' Ever.

    For the most part players from the 70s and 80s had better footwork. The rackets were unforgiving and they were constantly engaged in long rallies. If you found yourself hitting off the back foot or not enough time to close your shoulders, you were going to send the ball short. Today, you just...
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    McGregor to face Roger Federer at Madison Square Garden late September if the "money is right"

    In all seriousness, McGregor going ten rounds with Mayweather is insane. Its like the best squash player losing to Federer 75 63 in a tennis match with only 6 months of coaching.
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    Federer more mentally tough than given credit?

    He was always mentally tough..you dont win 19 slams unless you are tough. But I think AO 17 finals gave him some extra belief he did not previously possess. Even though he was down in the fifth, he kept fighting and was getting break points despite Nadal playing at a very high level. Ever...
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    Federer : The new gen isn't strong. Everyone plays the same brand of tennis.

    Not sure f this is a slight against wide receivers but they have insane situational awareness. They are also engaged in one on one or one or even two throughout the game.
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    Have you met your favorite player? What did you say?

    Back when he was still playing, Wilander came and sat next to me during a match I was watching. I didnt say anything since he seemed really into the match. Still, I was a huge fan and it was really cool. I seem to remember seeing a retired Connors at the event as well during kind of a meet...
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    Does Fed need wimbledon#8 to be the GOAT grass player ?

    As a Fed fan, No. Its all just gravy at this point.
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    How do you beat this Nadal on Clay?

    Nadal likes to cheat to one side, especially on clay. Thiem is really the first guy he will see in the tournament with a big enough game to make Nadal play straight up but he has to actually do damage with his opportunities rather than spray errors. I see the game on Thiem's racket. A big...
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    Does Nadal have the best forehand of all time?

    No because he can't handle pace. It's great at swatting away sitters but it falls to pieces when it's attacked.
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    Who is greater? Andy Roddick or Michael Chang?

    This is an interesting discussion. Really, you have two players who would have been great in the era they thought they were going into, Chang in the all court small racquet era of the golden age of the 80s, and Roddick, in the big serve fast court age of the late 90s. But both then found...
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    Does rafa even go to indian wells?

    I agree almost all greats I have seen have gone like this or worse. Borg just hung it up. Wilander tried to hang in there but started losing to no names early on rather consistently. Mac tried to hang on but was getting overpowered on every side by the new kids. Some exceptions are Lendl...
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    Has Nadal really imroved?

    This is being over analysed. He has lost a step and thats it. In Nadal's prime, he had such burst speed that he could play WAY back and still cover all the angles. Its the reason he has been so dominant on clay. It was impossible to punch through his defence. Now....he is just a pretty fast...
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    Greater player: Wawrinka or Roddick?

    Right now Roddick. For a couple of years (or maybe just one year), Roddick and Hewitt looked like the heirs to Agassi/Sampras and everyone thought they would be fighting for the top spot for the next 5-7 years. Really, if Federer hadn't suddenly emerged, this might have been the case...
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    Who plays the most exciting tennis on the tour today?

    There is a new french player...something something Herbert. He is very interesting to watch as he is a SV player and has a similar style to McEnroe.
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    How much has Nadal improved? Opinions after Basel final

    Finals of a 500 event is realistically where Nadal's level is right now. He only faced 1 top tier player. Dimitrov, Gasquet, Cilic are all 2nd tier players and Nadal really struggled to win those matches. Guys like Novak, Wawrinka, Nishikori would have destroyed Nadal. I dont think Nadal...
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    How much has Nadal improved? Opinions after Basel final

    I would be concerned if I was Nadal. Federer was forcing alot of short balls off Nadal's FH that he could then put away. It changed the normal routine of their matches where Federer tries to run around those balls or hit them DTL and then scramble to cover the open court with a desperate...
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    Three double digit slam holders, coincidence or trend?

    When you have one guy beating 100 guys, maybe that guy is that good. If you have two guys beating 100 guys, maybe those two guys are that good. If you have three guys beating down on 100 guys...then you have to start seriously considering those 100 guys are not that good. Really top heavy...
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    Can Nadal rebound in 2016 or no way...

    Nadal is finished as a threat to win big titles. Its not his confidence. He has lost a step and cant get to his FH in time anymore. I would say he is about a top 10 level player on clay and a top 20 player on HC so he is going to run into players who can take him out routinely in the quarters...
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    I think I know Federer's real problem

    Wilander would be a great choice. The guy was a machine when he got to the finals of slams and often beat guys with much more weapons and firepower. On top of that, he is an underrated tactician. Federer has turned into a bad tactician. Its inexplicable why he decided to turn the match into...
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    Roger Federer: ´I Missed My Chances´

    I dont think its an age thing. You can see Federer has had trouble with BP conversion even back in his prime. I think grass BP conversions tend to be alot lower because servers have a big advantage but his FO BP percentage...especially 07 are mind boggling because serving is not as much of a...
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    US Open 2015 Final: Djokovic (1) vs Federer (2)

    Court will be dry so no effect. Cooler weather slows the ball a little. Old man Fed might have trouble getting loose though. He does better in hot conditions.
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    US Open 2015 Final: Djokovic (1) vs Federer (2)

    I stayed up all night since 4am original start time. What a waste...
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    Worst presser ever

    Thats a softball question that everyone gets. Its just a cue for the player to start talking about how well or badly they are taking it. Its one of the easiest most predictable questions in a presser and usually players just go with "yeah..very disapointed" blah bla. Serena's answer was...
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    Are people talking down Federer's play because of the final?

    Back in 2003-2007, Federer actually played not too differently than Nadal in his prime. He was one of the fastest guys around and could run down everything and hit a stunning winner. But more often he was happy to just sit back and just wait for a forehand and that was usually the end of the...
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    Court speed problem

    This was true in the past but I am not sure anymore since he relies so much on first serve precision. Up to 2008 or so, Federer was fine to just get a serve in play and dictate from the baseline. He also played further back so he could adjust. Right now, he pretty much needs to serve well...
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    the chance of Anderson pulls off a Cilic this year?

    Anderson isn't getting by Federer who handed him his worst beating of his career 2 weeks ago on faster courts. He was broken more than he held serve. Also, his second serve can be SABRed. If he gets by Wawrinka, we are going to see Fed/Novak final.
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    Why Federer lost Wimbledon 2015 Final?

    Fed lost because the conditions suddenly became very wet and humid. The balls were damp and it became colder. His game was locked in on the other conditions but his serve was much slower and the serves he was just clearing over the net for aces were going into the net or falling short because...
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