Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by rafafan20, Jul 9, 2013.
For both his style of play, and personality.
You can watch him on the Power Shares Series.
and also for the fear, that creeping dread you felt waiting for the terrible approach shot, suicidal net rush and subsequent passing shot you just KNEW was coming..
he used to drive me crazy because his ground game was actually really, really good and he could hang with anyone from the back but he would just have a brain explosion and charge the net for no reason..
which makes it even stranger he never won Wimbledon but won a couple of USOs instead.
fabulous player, good bloke..
Great 1st kicker. 2nd serve was very good too (underrated by many..)
Rafter was one of my favourites, I loved his game.
Here a young Rafter against Agassi ( 1994 Miami SF ), Agassi won in straights but the match was fun ( Agassi had also defeated both Becker and Edberg in straight sets in previous rounds, Andre used to destroy the best serve and volleyers of the game, having a head-to-head of 6-3 against Edberg, 10-4 against Becker, 10-5 against Rafter, 6-0 against Stich....so Rafter did "quite well" winning 5 times against Andre out of 15 matches).
Yeah, Rafter vs Agassi was a great rivalry. They had some epic matches.
More of the great Patrick Rafter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN6iDbtJxs8
Pat is my favorite.
A very good player, and such a very kind person.
I miss him, too.
I'll never forget his first Grand Slam Title 1998 in New York against Greg Rusedski.
Normally I had to go to work that day, but I took a free day from work, to see the final.
Of course it was 1997, when he won his first Grand Slam against Rusedski.
In 1998 he defeated Philippoussis.
Agreed. It was either the Cincinnati final against Sampras in '98 or the '98 US Open against Sampras in semis(?). It was a traditional tennis camera view behind Rafter serving in the deuce court and Sampras returning. Rafter barely missed a 1st serve kicker. It hit the court, kicked up and hit the backstop about 10 to 12 ft high. Amazing. People forget how tough Rafter's serve was on HC from '97-'98.
maybe because of his kicker. HC is usually high bouncing and grass is low bouncing. thus on grass usually a slice is more effective and on high bouncing surfaces like clay or hard a kicker.
the high bounce but still reasonably fast surface might have been ideal for pats kicker and net game (clay and AO high bouncing but too slow).
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