ATP M1000 Miami Open 2024

Choose your Champion


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Bill Lobsalot

Hall of Fame
I have to believe this new trend of players returning serve 25 feet or more behind the baseline will disappear. Eventually most players will either learn to hit short spin serves consistently, or will become competent enough at serve and volley to win when the returner is that far back.
Medvedev returns the serve and moves well forward.
 

Vincent-C

Hall of Fame
I have to believe this new trend of players returning serve 25 feet or more behind the baseline will disappear. Eventually most players will either learn to hit short spin serves consistently, or will become competent enough at serve and volley to win when the returner is that far back.
Very Old Fred was 3-0 against Meddy. Fred knew how to serve, though.
 

McGradey

Hall of Fame
I have to believe this new trend of players returning serve 25 feet or more behind the baseline will disappear. Eventually most players will either learn to hit short spin serves consistently, or will become competent enough at serve and volley to win when the returner is that far back.
Medvedev has the tactic down pretty well now. Alcaraz and Djokovic have the execution for the serve and volley play, few others do. It seems he's getting better at defending against it too — he often passes people from outrageously deep court positions.

He actually looks like the most frustrating player to have to tackle these days, especially as Djokovic now plays more offensive. Med is more than happy to let guys punch themselves out against his defence, just as Novak used to.

His game is an odd mix of extremely boring and compelling to watch. He is a unique player, love him or hate him.
 
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ALCARAZWON

Guest
Sinner got another chance to shut up his haters who said Sinner won the final because Med was gassed and tired.
But its a fact.
They showed Med's forehand speed on the tv coverage I was watching, it dropped in the 3rd set and never recovered...
Plus you could hear Med grunting early in the 3rd set, for the first time in the match...
 

Krish0608

G.O.A.T.
I’ve been ambivalent about who to root for between Alcaraz and Sinner. Like them both. Really enjoyed Sinner’s AO run beating Novak. However Alcaraz’s resurgence at IW has given me a joy I haven’t felt in tennis for a long time. It’s such a joy watching the kid play. Such dazzling tennis. (Please lose the grunt Carlos). I think I know now where my loyalties and preferences lie. Would love to get behind Alcaraz and follow his journey to being an ATG.
I still like Sinner and will definitely enjoy the rivalry. However he lacks charisma. He’s like AI. I don’t “feel” anything when I watch him play. It’s great tennis no doubt , but without that touch of madness that Alcaraz brings to the court.
 

NeutralFan

G.O.A.T.
I’ve been ambivalent about who to root for between Alcaraz and Sinner. Like them both. Really enjoyed Sinner’s AO run beating Novak. However Alcaraz’s resurgence at IW has given me a joy I haven’t felt in tennis for a long time. It’s such a joy watching the kid play. Such dazzling tennis. (Please lose the grunt Carlos). I think I know now where my loyalties and preferences lie. Would love to get behind Alcaraz and follow his journey to being an ATG.
I still like Sinner and will definitely enjoy the rivalry. However he lacks charisma. He’s like AI. I don’t “feel” anything when I watch him play. It’s great tennis no doubt , but without that touch of madness that Alcaraz brings to the court.

Weren't you a Stef's fan? Have you abandoned him?
 

nolefam_2024

Talk Tennis Guru
Which is actually excellent for the quality of the show. I like that. Better than the randomness we have seen on the WTA side.
In 2010s when WTA lost a lot of its luster, the fans of WTA said post big 3 ATP will be as chaotic as WTA. As we can all see, it was a big fat lie and they knew it when they were writing it as well.
 
Which is actually excellent for the quality of the show. I like that. Better than the randomness we have seen on the WTA side.

I judge more by excitement than by "quality." From that perspective, the top four in the semis is okay once in a while; it's very boring if it is always the same four. Something halfway between the top-heavy men's draws of the 2010s and the bottom-heavy women's draws of today would be far preferable to either, to my mind. Men's tennis hit that sweet spot in much of the late 80s and early 90s; women's tennis did so in the late 90s/early 00s, and wasn't far off in the early 90s.
 
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Arak

Legend
I just more by excitement than by "quality." From that perspective, the top four in the semis is okay once in a while; it's very boring if it is always the same four. Something halfway between the top-heavy men's draws of the 2010s and the bottom-heavy women's draws of today would be far preferable to either, to my mind. Men's tennis hit that sweet spot in much of the late 80s and early 90s; women's tennis did so in the late 90s/early 00s, and wasn't far off in the early 90s.
I agree with you somewhat and it’s nice to have a surprise from time to time, but the top seeds have the most fans and they attract more spectators and viewers. It’s good for business.
 
I agree with you somewhat and it’s nice to have a surprise from time to time, but the top seeds have the most fans and they attract more spectators and viewers. It’s good for business.

Oh, good for business, sure. I just have different standards than the general public - in sports that I follow less closely, I also tend to have most interest in the top names.

Also, what you say is true, ceteris paribus, but does Zverev have fans? :p
 

Arak

Legend
Oh, good for business, sure. I just have different standards than the general public - in sports that I follow less closely, I also tend to have most interest in the top names.

Also, what you say is true, ceteris paribus, but does Zverev have fans? :p
Haha, Zverev has a lot of fans, you would be surprised, but most of them are closeted fans for fear of being ridiculed by the ABZ :D
 
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