Australian Open Boys Final 2014: Anyone watching it?

Lukhas

Legend
Well, I do. For what is left of the match anyway; we're well into the second set. This Zverev guy is born in 1997 and hammers almost at 200kph on 1st serve. EDIT: Correction: over 200kph. Doesn't move quite bad, hard groundies. Of course fast strokes always are impressive, but that guy does play well. Quite tall. It's like Pim-Pim all over again. Hope he doesn't get the save shoulder injuries.

Live Score and stats: http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day18/21601ms.html
 
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Lukhas

Legend
You can also see there's no hope for the future: power baseliners seems to be what we'll have.
EDIT: Well Championship Zverev: 6-3 6-0. Not surprising if you watch the match, it was quite pleasant. Just much more power than his opponent. I'd be careful: he seems to have an advantage with his taller body. That kind of advantage tends to fade away on the main tour.

 
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vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
You can also see there's no hope for the future: power baseliners seems to be what we'll have.
EDIT: Well Championship Zverev: 6-3 6-0. Not surprising if you watch the match, it was quite pleasant. Just much more power than his opponent. I'd be careful: he seems to have an advantage with his taller body. That kind of advantage tends to fade away on the main tour.

BP: 0/10 ?
does this mean we also have the future federer ? :-?
 

Lukhas

Legend
^Well Zverev was serving between 180 and 200kph on first serves. From what I saw he saved them like a boss, hitting big forehands, stretching his opponent. The BPs felt more like him not playing well enough for a moment than Kozlov having real chances. Many times he put himself at a 0-40 situation and start ripping the felt off the ball 5 points in a row.

Of course on the main tour such things won't be forgiven.
 

raging

Professional
^Well Zverev was serving between 180 and 200kph on first serves. From what I saw he saved them like a boss, hitting big forehands, stretching his opponent. The BPs felt more like him not playing well enough for a moment than Kozlov having real chances. Many times he put himself at a 0-40 situation and start ripping the felt off the ball 5 points in a row.

Of course on the main tour such things won't be forgiven.
Actually Alex is from great pedigree: his father Alex Sr played DC for Ukraine,
was known as "The Big Cat"(apologies to Milos Mecir!), mum was Fed Cup & brother Mischa, unbelievable serve/volley talent till injury stopped him.
Alex blew his shoulder out playing Kozlov in Wimbledon quarters last year, Stefan stalled, used toilet breaks, tried everything to break Alex's will and it worked. Kozlov is a talent too, very strategically smart & savvy for 15.
If Alex is looked after & not overplayed, he has obviously bright future..
he will not back down or temper his game, like you said, just keeps trying to play his game.
 

Tshooter

G.O.A.T.
Wow he got bageled? That's a rough end to the tournament.
I think previously Kozlov was 4-0 lifetime over Zverev including a bagel the last set they played not long ago. In other words, Kozlov at 15 owned Zverev until this match. Which is pretty good considering the difference in age and size. It's a precarious business predicting Junior prospects but I saw Kozlov a few times when he was 14 and I thought he has very good hands and a good tennis head. Given his size relative to the other players he is forced to do more than ball bash and he appears to know how to construct a point. Which isn't that common.

As for Zverev I saw him at the 2013 USO Juniors; seem to remember he was the #1 seed but got upset around the quarters or so. Nevertheless, I thought he looked more impressive then most of the guys that went further.
 
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