Battle in The ATL - MEP vs Travler Match Thread

Who ya got?

  • MEP in 2. Youth and fitness prevail. Travler goes down in heap of racquet switching frustration.

  • MEP in 3. Epic 3-hour pusher war ends with Travler choking the overhead on match point.

  • Travler in 3. Forehand slice dropper wears down MEP’s famous wheels.

  • Travler in 2. Travler turns back the clock and S&V’s his way to victory.

  • Everybody wins!


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ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
You guys will enjoy this ... since last post now sitting in urgent care about to get stitches on outside right elbow. Wife yelled in bathroom ... hot water shooting into ceiling from where hot water handle used to be on fixture ... I am running around trying to get hot water turned off with wet feet ... went down in kitchen .. plastic piece on bottom of frig snapped off from foot. Thought I escaped easy .. then elbow started dripping. Nice ... just minding my business typing ttw hyperbole.
 
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Slowtwitcher

Hall of Fame
You guys will enjoy this ... since last post now sitting in urgent care about to get stitches on outside right elbow. Wife yelled in batchroom ... hot water shooting into ceiling from where hot water handle used to be on fixture ... I am running around trying to get hot water turned off with wet feet ... went down in kitchen .. plastic piece on bottom of frig snapped off from foot. Thought I escaped easy .. then elbow started dripping. Nice ... just minding my business typing ttw hyperbole.
I can get into this type of thread. Are you in South America now?
 

jmnk

Hall of Fame
First you said his BH was top 2000 level and now it's 4.5 level? Is GSG an ATP level player?

I thought you were just camera shy because your results in videoed matches are mid/low 4.5 level but you held your own against ATP players off camera, but now it appears that 4.5 is closer to futures level than I had previously thought.

J
Is it that hard to believe that someone can have a different level on different days?
yes it is if one claims that difference to be like 'solid/advanced rec level' vs 'anything that has a word _pro_ included'. Plus there's this thing that _any videoed_ match happens to show 'rec level' while _any described only encounter_ is that other level.......
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
I am running around trying to get hot water turned off with wet feet ...
See! More hyperbole!

No member of the Senior's Lounge actually 'runs'. They more accurately 'hobble, shuffle, quickly limp' etc.

It did make your story more entertaining and exciting though! :p

Seriously though, I hope you heal up quick!
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
One of the dilemmas I face is that, apart from lobs at which I am very good, I keep wondering whether the GSG style works for doubles. Doubles has become my only choice on Saturdays, and singles a hit-and-miss on Sundays depending on partner availability. I cannot afford to hit shots which will get smacked by a netman, or rely on vast empty spaces which are absent in doubles. I also cannot punt the ball back high and invite a smash. The narrow return window away from the netman means my returns have to have a certain amount of pace and cannot be softies. I also cannot envision having one style for doubles and another GSG style for singles because I don't have time to build muscle memory for both. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?
 
You guys will enjoy this ... since last post now sitting in urgent care about to get stitches on outside right elbow. Wife yelled in batchroom ... hot water shooting into ceiling from where hot water handle used to be on fixture ... I am running around trying to get hot water turned off with wet feet ... went down in kitchen .. plastic piece on bottom of frig snapped off from foot. Thought I escaped easy .. then elbow started dripping. Nice ... just minding my business typing ttw hyperbole.
Ouch! Better start working on your "war story" for the stitches: "Oh this little thing? No big deal, I was wrestling an alligator while surfing a 100' wave during a total eclipse."
 
One of the dilemmas I face is that, apart from lobs at which I am very good, I keep wondering whether the GSG style works for doubles. Doubles has become my only choice on Saturdays, and singles a hit-and-miss on Sundays depending on partner availability. I cannot afford to hit shots which will get smacked by a netman, or rely on vast empty spaces which are absent in doubles. I also cannot punt the ball back high and invite a smash. The narrow return window away from the netman means my returns have to have a certain amount of pace and cannot be softies. I also cannot envision having one style for doubles and another GSG style for singles because I don't have time to build muscle memory for both. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?
While I have seen that style succeed at 4.5 in singles, I've never seen it work in doubles unless the attacking team couldn't hit consistent OHs or the sun was a big factor. Even then, the style didn't win but it did prolong the match.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
While I have seen that style succeed at 4.5 in singles, I've never seen it work in doubles unless the attacking team couldn't hit consistent OHs or the sun was a big factor. Even then, the style didn't win but it did prolong the match.
Moreover, the doubles GSG style might work if a) you have his height and b)the opponents don't. I can't see it providing a uniform consistent playing platform for the vast majority of doubles players who don't even have a stable partner but need to perform decently in all situations.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
While I have seen that style succeed at 4.5 in singles, I've never seen it work in doubles unless the attacking team couldn't hit consistent OHs or the sun was a big factor. Even then, the style didn't win but it did prolong the match.
GSG is a solid 4.5 doubles player, and the TR algorithm agrees.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
GSG is a solid 4.5 doubles player, and the TR algorithm agrees.
That surprises me as he looks more suited to 4.0 where he's much more likely to face weaker volleys.

He reminds me of a guy that I play doubles with who hits the same kind of flat serve that works because he's tall and then he is solid around the net. Nothing in his groundstrokes will scare you but he can lob, volley and hit flat low bouncing serves that he places to your BH. But we are playing 3.5-4.0 level doubles not 4.5.
 

GSG

Rookie
One of the dilemmas I face is that, apart from lobs at which I am very good, I keep wondering whether the GSG style works for doubles. Doubles has become my only choice on Saturdays, and singles a hit-and-miss on Sundays depending on partner availability. I cannot afford to hit shots which will get smacked by a netman, or rely on vast empty spaces which are absent in doubles. I also cannot punt the ball back high and invite a smash. The narrow return window away from the netman means my returns have to have a certain amount of pace and cannot be softies. I also cannot envision having one style for doubles and another GSG style for singles because I don't have time to build muscle memory for both. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?
I believe @TennisTroll will be posting a doubles match we recently played next weekend. Once you see it, it may help answer your question.
 

5263

G.O.A.T.
One of the dilemmas I face is that, apart from lobs at which I am very good, I keep wondering whether the GSG style works for doubles. Doubles has become my only choice on Saturdays, and singles a hit-and-miss on Sundays depending on partner availability. I cannot afford to hit shots which will get smacked by a netman, or rely on vast empty spaces which are absent in doubles. I also cannot punt the ball back high and invite a smash. The narrow return window away from the netman means my returns have to have a certain amount of pace and cannot be softies. I also cannot envision having one style for doubles and another GSG style for singles because I don't have time to build muscle memory for both. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?
I was actually thinking of his style as bringing some doubles skills into singles. Following the serve and chipping underneath the returner. Pinpoint low passes, with nice lob skills. Serve that stays down, setting up the net man to poach. Yes, Imo the skills can work in with a power game to an even better effect.
 
I was actually thinking of his style as bringing some doubles skills into singles. Following the serve and chipping underneath the returner. Pinpoint low passes, with nice lob skills. Serve that stays down, setting up the net man to poach. Yes, Imo the skills can work in with a power game to an even better effect.
If he can keep everything low and mix in the lobs, then he'd be a tough opponent. Of course, you could say the same thing about any opponent.

I'm wondering if the opposing net team could afford to play a bit further back to cover the lob because he wouldn't be hitting TS dippers [the main reason I don't want to play too far back].
 

mcs1970

Hall of Fame
Passing shots in doubles are fairly rare since there are two at the net. More points are won by placing it well and making them hit up or pressuring them into making an error.
I am just replying to the point that the net guy will kill him because he hits finesse shots. His videos do show a faster shot quite a bit from the fh side. So he does have that in his arsenal.
 

onehandbh

Legend
I stand by my story as 100% true.

A couple of weeks ago, my 3x per week hitting partner was bemoaning to me how his forehand was Top100, but his backhand was only Top1000.

I corrected him. I told him, your fh is Top50, but your bh is only Top2000.
How do you know his FH is top 50 or even top 100?
How many top 100 players have you hit with or played against?
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
How do you know his FH is top 50 or even top 100?
How many top 100 players have you hit with or played against?
He knows how good his forehand is. When you travel around the world playing pro tournaments, and you never encounter a forehand as heavy as yours, you get a feel for where it ranks.
 

onehandbh

Legend
He knows how good his forehand is. When you travel around the world playing pro tournaments, and you never encounter a forehand as heavy as yours, you get a feel for where it ranks.
I’ve only hit with one guy that was in the top 50. He was already retired a couple years and we were just playing socially. Every once in awhile he would unleash a big forehand. Never seen anything like it before.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
I’ve only hit with one guy that was in the top 50. He was already retired a couple years and we were just playing socially. Every once in awhile he would unleash a big forehand. Never seen anything like it before.
My guy in paraguay unleashes it on every single ball. He only has one gear. I’ve also never seen anything like it before, except when I watch federer hit forehands 15 years ago.
 
But Delpo hits very flat. This guys' form looks more like Fed (his idol), with a bit higher spin rate.
He hits flat compared to ATP guys hitting 4k rpm. His kind of ball would still look super heavy to a rec player. Have you actually played guys who hit up 4k or higher RPMs on the forehand - like Sock, Rublev,etc?

I have seen RBA live in the stadium and his ball sure looks heavy for supposedly being a flat hitter.
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
He hits flat compared to ATP guys hitting 4k rpm. His kind of ball would still look super heavy to a rec player. Have you actually played guys who hit up 4k or higher RPMs on the forehand - like Sock, Rublev,etc?

I have seen RBA live in the stadium and his ball sure looks heavy for supposedly being a flat hitter.
My guy hits more spin than Delpo. Less than Sock. Less grunty than Rublev.
 
Who else besides Fed has a straight-arm strong eastern forehand and hits a huge heavy spinny ball? No one I can think of.
This was funnier before you edited it to include "strong eastern," because I thought you were being sarcastic about Nadal. But if you're serious, that's easy - Tsitsipas. He would lose to the paraguayan in straights though, I'm sure.
 

jmnk

Hall of Fame
My guy in paraguay unleashes it on every single ball. He only has one gear. I’ve also never seen anything like it before, except when I watch federer hit forehands 15 years ago.
Who else besides Fed has a straight-arm strong eastern forehand and hits a huge heavy spinny ball? No one I can think of.
Ummm, Delpo?
This was funnier before you edited it to include "strong eastern," because I thought you were being sarcastic about Nadal. But if you're serious, that's easy - Tsitsipas. He would lose to the paraguayan in straights though, I'm sure.
are you having a serious conversation with arguments on whether some random dude in Paraguay has a better forehand than current top ATP pros? All because our beloved poster here that could not return @GSG bunted FH (well placed, no argument here, but perhaps not a shot screaming with pace) with any interest says so? :rolleyes:
 
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