Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by ascdga, Jan 31, 2012.
Really good article on the final.
Great article. Very poetic too.
Thanks for posting.
As a Federer fan I too have grown fond of Nadal because of his character but tennis is becoming less important than fitness, which tells you everything about the state of the game.
This is true today(in the modern age) for almost all sports, if you can't keep up physically you're creamed. To give just one example, look at football(soccer) from 30 years ago, it seems slo-mo when compared to the modern game. Their equipment was different(true for tennis as well) and the physical requirements, while high for that era, wouldn't compare to today. There were footballers that came on the pitch and played while having a couple of drinks beforehand, this I know for a fact. And they did pretty well, funny enough.
In our sport, in the past, there were players that drank Coca Cola on changeovers, can you imagine that nowadays?
I don't really see why that would be true. Murray, Novak, and Nadal all have insane fitness, but at the end of the day, it's their tennis ability that separates them. I for one loved watching the insane positioning battles during the Murray-Djokovic match. Fitness was just a fact of life to be taken into account - if they wanted to set up a clean winner, they made sure their lead-in shots were extremely good and/or forced their opponent into a very particular position. I'm fine with 30 shot chess matches.
Your tennis ability is almost secondary on courts this slow. Exhibit A: John Isner returning as many cross-court shots at the AO. That shouldn't be physically possible for a bloke that large. The surfaces are going to ruin the game we loved and you might be fine with long rallies but calling it chess is hilarious. The number of shots needed for the 'modern' game is significantly short of the number needed during normal surface speeds. If this is chess then we've downgraded from Go.
I hate when a non contact sport like tennis is compared to warfare.
Sports should stay on the sports pages. Working in references to Iliad, Ramones, the Dutch handball team in a tennis article is wrong. Please enough with all your fancy writing, tell me what Nadal's first serve percentage was. Grantland is to sports what a romance novel is to sex.
Interesting, but it was also a little over-sensationalized. Berdych gave Nadal a tough quarterfinal match, winning the first set and having a big chance to go up two sets to love. And of course Del Potro, Tsonga, Ferrer, Soderling, and others have given these top guys trouble. They are not quite as invincible as he makes them seem.
Plus Nadal has not "surpassed" Federer and Djokovic has not "surpassed" Nadal in terms of legacy at all...just in terms of head-to-head mental advantage and in current ranking.
Pssst, don't kill the hype, tennis will lose it's few new fans that it got recently.
Calling it chess is indeed ridiculous. For the most part neither Nadal nor Djokovic opened up the court. When Federer plays the court looks huge. When they play it looks minute.
Haha ;-) love this.
Sums up my feelings about Nadal perfectly. I used to think: "How dare someone with such a brutish style be such a torn in the side of the most gifted player to have ever graced a tennis court". But now that Fed is in the twilight of his career, I've grown to appreciate and somewhat admire Nadal's fighting spirit and indomitable will to win.
Roger's bandwagoners practicing 'If you can't beat them, join them' + obvious man crush. Pathetic.
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