Are we witnessing the birth of a new style of tennis?

gregor.b

Professional
I also don't understand the OP's point that somehow this can be done without great skill. Absurd. It INCREASES the skill required to play. Perhaps the OP somehow confuses skill with the artistry or complexity of points, which seems a common misperception.
It doesn't necessarily increase the amount of skill required, but what it does do is increase the amount of physical strength, self belief, confidence and focus that is required to do it time and time again over a 3-4 hour period.

Wow, remember when we were all saying how boring a 5 1/2 hour match was?

Guess we were right.
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
OP a Rafa fan, picks a few opponents Rafa has lost to in recent times, mostly in his worst form of his life, and thinks a new era has begun.. :evil:

Funny this guy didn't care to address 3 points I have raised. Dologpoolov a "hit it as hard as you can" type player? Lol, the tennis acumen over here... Apparently selective replying is the real acumen here.
Indeed :p
10indeeds
One can only wonder why this thread came now and how Dolgo got termed as a 'hit-the-ball-as-hard-as-you-can'-type of player. Heck, none of those players quite fit that description though Stanimal especially can rip the ball to shreds (but has plenty of variety too).

Is the existence of this thread and Rafa 0-5 vs. these 3 players in their last 5 matches a mere coincidence?

@NN, great article by Laurie.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
I said it many years ago. It was only a matter of time until the offensive benefits of improved racquet/string technology started to overshadow the defensive benefits.

Offense will always win in the end.
 

captainbryce

Hall of Fame
First we had the "serve-and-volley". Then came the "baseline-huggers". Now it would seem we are witnessing the birth of the "hit-the-ball-as-hard-as-you-can" tennis, exemplified by Wawrinka, Dolgopolov, Kyrgios, etc.

I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Personally, I think it's bad. It removes the requirement for "skill".
No it doesn't. Because consistently hitting the ball as hard as you can, and still keeping it in the court is a skill in and of itself. Especially if you can throw in a little dropper every now and again to change the complextion of the poin. Andre Agassi was really the first player to employ this skill off both wings.
 
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