It's stupid and a losing proposition to hang around with an opponent who's much fitter and faster than you.What I always find interesting watching MEP matches is how often his opponent goes for a risky shot (power, placement close to lines, shots with low net clearance, etc) when there isn't any payoff for doing so. In other words, even when they don't make an error on these balls, MEP just easily returns it to a neutral position. So they gain nothing by taking risk. If you don't have a clear plan when you hit a risky ball (moving in to cut off the court for example and take advantage of the space you created), then you just need to think about basic "risk / reward" tennis.
If you just hit neutral balls that allow you to easily recover to a good position to cover the court, MEP isn't going to "make you pay". He's just going to either hit a neutral ball back to you, or hit a drop shot. But the drop shot isn't as effective if you didn't give him the right kind of ball. In other words, his drop shot is effective because 1) It's easier to "cut" a ball with some pace and spin; 2) He takes advantage of your bad court position (and being off balance after hitting hard). If you don't "hit yourself" into bad positions, MEP won't be able to do it himself that often.
True, you need to develop a mindset for playing that few have (and few want to have). But's it's probably less frustrating than beating yourself (and torturing yourself in the process).
A big reason why "50 year old guy" won is because of the 3rd set 10 point tiebreaker. If they had played a full 3rd set, MEP takes this something like 6-2.
The 3rd set 10 point TB does not account for the first set which the other guy won... MEP didn't need the 3rd set if he was able to win the first set??A big reason why "50 year old guy" won is because of the 3rd set 10 point tiebreaker. If they had played a full 3rd set, MEP takes this something like 6-2.
GSG is hitting a McEnroe forehand now, I like it.I found it really entertaining.
I liked 50 years old's type of game.
Anyone else is thinking that MEP is improving his groundstrokes?
I never said "don't take risk". I said that, if you do, be sure you're taking advantage of it. Otherwise, there's no point.It's stupid and a losing proposition to hang around with an opponent who's much fitter and faster than you.
(good) players know so they take risk.
I disagreed.MEP essentially give you 2 choices:
1) Play aggressive, which means you have to possess a variety of skills. You're not going to win with just single "big shots". And he's betting that he can find some weakness. Basically, his game is lower risk, so he's betting you can't execute your higher risk game well enough to beat him.
2) Push with him. And he's betting that he's better at that game (he has a higher tolerance, he understands that style better and he's fitter). He's betting that nobody is willing to stay out there for hours and push with him. Eventually, you'll "crack" and go for shots. And then he's got you.
I do think the stronger beard game was the most critical element in all of this - that's where the spin and pace originates from.
I detect lead tape on that Pure Drive. No wonder he won.Actually, this is a TT staple, which is...it is more important to looks better doing the stroke, than being effective. 50+ dude just happens to do both, so truly TT legend status achieved.
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I know right, it's basically a modified rocket launcher right ? (dixit random TT Racquets section poster ) Is it even allowed by the Geneva Convention ?It’s not just PD. It’s been modified by adding lead tape to the hoop and a leather grip under the overgrip. MEP did really well to keep it competitive against such a technology disadvantage.
^^I'd say it was the low BH slice that did him in.
same reasons i love watching similar players play: santoro, hseih, etc...It seems to me MEP has evolved into a "better" player since the first videos I watched a few months back. He hit's with some more pace and this match looked to me like more normal tennis. The problem here for MEP is that although he looks like a better player now he will probably win less matches if he keeps it up. What made him successful was the akwardness, unpredictablity and the fact that he gave his opponents absolutely no pace to work with. It seems to me he used more slice forehands before compared to this match. I actually didn't mind to watch this at all, some good tennis really from both players! In fact I wouldn't even call MEP a pusher in this match
After watching both serve for a game, you can usually pick up on that based on the trajectory [unless they're one of those rare birds that basically hit the same serve all of the time].I like these videos very much.
What i still miss in these videos: i dont know whether it was i first or sec serve..
i thank every player that's been a better counter puncher than me, for any forecourt skills i have developed.1) Play aggressive, which means you have to possess a variety of skills. You're not going to win with just single "big shots". And he's betting that he can find some weakness. Basically, his game is lower risk, so he's betting you can't execute your higher risk game well enough to beat him.