Dent hit a serve at 152 mph

VGP

Legend
Yeah, but did he win the point? Furthermore, the match?

Watching Taylor Dent play makes me cringe. He looks like he's gonna torque his back or blow out his shoulder. He really lacks grace.



Oh, posted too soon. As of my posting, Dent's down 1-5...
 

VAmazona

Rookie
Down 1-5? Thats a good a time as any to hit a 152 mph. I have always liked Dent, my darkhorse among the American new generation. Followed by Scoville Jenkins.

edit:misspelled darkhorse
 

GOAT

New User
Good for him! Dent still loves to look at the radar gun. He gets too caught up in his strengths IMO, and Dent doesn't have the willpower to really excel in higher level play.
 

doriancito

Hall of Fame
VGP said:
Dent lost to Henman 6-2, 6-4. How cool does that serve sound now?
not very cool, I wanted to see the match but i had tennis practice and i had to leave in a rush from home i just saw the first game and the second point of the second game
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
He should concentrate on gettin into better shape. The speed of serve is irrelevant if you're gasping on the court, which he was.
 

Marius_Hancu

Talk Tennis Guru
pound cat said:
He should concentrate on gettin into better shape. The speed of serve is irrelevant if you're gasping on the court, which he was.
he should get first a mental coach and reactivate his thought process:)

he's not Sampras to boom on 2nd serves (many doubles)
 

SteveI

Legend
Marius_Hancu said:
he should get first a mental coach and reactivate his thought process:)

he's not Sampras to boom on 2nd serves (many doubles)
Having said all of those things about Dent.. I still love to watch his S & V game... Would rather watch him play.. than any baseline basher... borring.
Only a few of the S & V guys left.. and to savor their games. I really miss Patrick Rafter... and Edberg... great people.. Warriors on the court.. two of the best guys.. ever on the pro tour.

Regards,
Steve
 

North

Professional
Yeah. Instead of just taking a little off a few 1st serves to get his confidence and focus, Dent kept trying to blast away. His tosses got too low and he looked irritated at himself overall. I think he tried to pull it together in the 2nd set but couldn't mentally. It even affected his volleys, which I thought he looked tentative on. It was definitely more fun to watch than the usual baseline bashing but it would have been great to see two really proficient S&Vers "on" and having a more competitive time. I hope he gets a little fitter and mentally controlled. When he's playing well, he's hard to beat.
 

SteveI

Legend
North said:
Yeah. Instead of just taking a little off a few 1st serves to get his confidence and focus, Dent kept trying to blast away. His tosses got too low and he looked irritated at himself overall. I think he tried to pull it together in the 2nd set but couldn't mentally. It even affected his volleys, which I thought he looked tentative on. It was definitely more fun to watch than the usual baseline bashing but it would have been great to see two really proficient S&Vers "on" and having a more competitive time. I hope he gets a little fitter and mentally controlled. When he's playing well, he's hard to beat.
The best match-up was some like Patrick Rafter vs the A-Train. A-Train trying to rip balls past the hard charging Patrick Rafter. Great stuff.. anyone know how many times they played.. results?

Regards,
Steve
 

equinox

Hall of Fame
Another great performance from taylor spent.

Perhaps he was trying out for a place on the us davis cup team with that performance.
 

VGP

Legend
Henman and especially Dent...they're no Edberg, Rafter, or Sampras.

S&V is a dying art.
 

@wright

Hall of Fame
I was impressed with Dent when he took Hewitt to 5 sets at the US Open. I think Dent is actually improving, which is more than you can say for Fish & many of the other Americans, besides Ginepri & Blake. He really does need to lose some flubber and get fit to play his s&v game and go up against the passing shots of today...It's a tough task, but he has done well at building his s&v game.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
I think Dent is one of, if not the most entertaining player to watch these days. It's great to watch his game versus all the baseline schtuff out there.
 

MonkeyPox

Semi-Pro
I agree, I love watching Dent and all of the serve and volleyers play, especially Henman. Dent's problem is that he is fat. Not for a regular guy, but for a pro athlete. Same for Fish and some others. They need to show some committment and lay it all on the line for a change and get in top form and make a full concerted effort. Plus, Taylor has to carry around the weight of his enormous teeth. He should be part of the Osmond family, or in the Wallace and Grommit movie.
 

SteveI

Legend
VGP said:
Henman and especially Dent...they're no Edberg, Rafter, or Sampras.

S&V is a dying art.
Hi,

I was not comparing "Henman and especially Dent" to Edberg or Rafter ... just indicating that I would rather watch S & V... vs.. the boring baseline games of many of the men and ladies on the pro tours. Have a great day! BTW.. too bad S & V is dying.. it was great tennis to play and watch!

Regards,
Steve
 

Andy Zarzuela

Professional
Yeah I agree, If Dent lost a good 15-20 lbs, he would feel so much lighter on the court and not have to work near as hard. BTW, I cannot stand Dent's bark after hitting a serve.
 

VGP

Legend
SteveI - no disrespect intended. S&V is entertaining to watch. I rather enjoy Henman actually. I grew up watching McEnroe, Navratilova, Edberg, Becker, Stich, Mayotte, (Todd) Martin, Krajicek, Ivanisevic, Sampras, Rafter, etc. Federer is capable, but it's not his preference. Dent is just not at this level (yet).

There really is an art to S&V. Dent just doesn't have it naturally. You get the sense that he really has to work at it. It could be that he's fat, but I think he's just not athletic (enough). You have to have the coordination, balance, and court sense. Not to mention the quick hands and feel. It does take a while for a S&V game to develop.

Dent's really got to lay off the serve and work toward having a complete game. I know that the returners are better these days and there is a lot of pressure to serve big to gain an advantage, but he's robbing himself of time to get set up at net as much as possible. He should work on his variety and disguise of the serve. Keep the returner guessing. Serve, move in, split step and have that first volley at or inside the service line. Keep the pressure on. These days, that is a tall order.

So, the consensus on Dent? Lose weight and get a better, not bigger serve? If he works on his fitness and starts feeling some more success, his mental game may come around as well.

He needs to give Pat Etcheberry a call....
 

Cybele

Semi-Pro
MonkeyPox said:
Plus, Taylor has to carry around the weight of his enormous teeth. He should be part of the Osmond family, or in the Wallace and Grommit movie.
I really shouldn't have laughed at that.

But I did

:D :D :D
 
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