MEP vs ET Players - Original TT Epic

Who wins?

  • Ian to dish out bagel and a stick

    Votes: 9 9.1%
  • Ian Wins

    Votes: 43 43.4%
  • Ian just manages to win

    Votes: 22 22.2%
  • Green shirt teaches Ian a lesson

    Votes: 6 6.1%
  • Green shirt wins

    Votes: 13 13.1%
  • Green shirt shocks the tennis world

    Votes: 6 6.1%

  • Total voters
    99
  • Poll closed .
imo, Topher had one fluke escape to win the match- it's like Soderling beating Rafa once. I take MEP to win each and everytime against Topher without a question on any surface.
I'd take the under: on ET's courts, I think Topher stands a fighting chance. Outdoors in the Atlanta summer, the balance shifts towards MEP.
 

AnyPUG

Professional
I'd take the under: on ET's courts, I think Topher stands a fighting chance. Outdoors in the Atlanta summer, the balance shifts towards MEP.
Based on a proven track record of calling results within 1 game(had called 0 games against Scott and 2 againat Ian vs actual 1 and 3), my forecast is as good as they come.
 
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AnyPUG

Professional
Meh. In a rematch on ET's court Sean stands a fighting chance. Any 4.0 stands a good chance if it comes down to tennis skill and is not a fitness contest.
What tennis skill? Hitting back to the opponent nice and easy at predictable height, distance and pace so the guy does not need to move around much?
 

AnyPUG

Professional
^^^

The well grooved modern shots of Sinner versus Nadal's FH slices and chops and whatever shots when needed the most was the difference in the first set (which lead to the eventual outcome).
 

steve s

Professional
Are these the avg forehands you see at the 4.5 level where you play? I know the ratings are based on results, not stokes.

(Ben vs Captain) If both have played for 10+ years, I just do not understand.
 

FiddlerDog

Semi-Pro
Are these the avg forehands you see at the 4.5 level where you play? I know the ratings are based on results, not stokes.

(Ben vs Captain) If both have played for 10+ years, I just do not understand.
There is no average. Players come in all styles. The rating measures whether your ball lands inside the lines. Nothing more.
 

Curious

Legend
Can’t believe how calm and slowly he’s moving to the net when he’s serving and volleying. A lot of half volleys as a result but somehow manages to win points.
 

Morch Us

Professional
By looking at the video, I am pretty sure that, Captain may normally be hitting heavier and faster forehands. He clearly adjusted his game plan against MEV's unconventional low spin.

It seemed to work in the first set. Reduced his unforced errors, makes it a less frustrating and easy going point play. Was also able to control the depth and placement of the balls when not giving importance for pace. So that complimented his net game. Now of course MEV caught up to it in second set. But I also think Captain went away from his game plan in second set.

Are these the avg forehands you see at the 4.5 level where you play?

I think that is exactly why you see this. Less experienced players may try to overpower MEV, generating tons of unforced errors, plus providing pace to incorrect placement spots to make it easer for MEV to counter punch. Of course if you are clearly higher level than MEV, you may have an easier match with combined pace and placement overwhelming MEV. But I don't think that is the case here.
If both have played for 10+ years, I just do not understand.
 
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Deleted member 780836

Guest
Captain played a lot of MEP style forehands and backhands, the match started to resemble slow motion padel :-D
 

Daniel Andrade

Hall of Fame
I have followed both players on YouTube and knew beforehand Ian was the much better player or so I thought. If MEP had won I would have to re-evaluate what I thought I knew because then my presumption would have been wrong. Now Ian won so I don’t need to re-evaluate anything!
Is a 4.5 considered to be that good for an amateur player?
 

Daniel Andrade

Hall of Fame
Isn’t 4.5 top ten percent of all tennis players? It’s pretty good.
I didn't know that.

Although without a doubt Ian is pretty clear the best player, IMO I didn't see him beating MEP in such a way that would leave me "astonished".

I think my college colleagues could beat MEP 6-0 6-0 in a good day for them and a bad day for MEP.

However, perhaps I'm overestimating my colleague's level or underestimating MEP's. I would say I was around MEP's level back in college, and from that insight I think Ian's level is within reach. Perhaps I'm also underestimating Ian's level, especially since he is coming back from an injury.
 

davced1

Hall of Fame
I didn't know that.

Although without a doubt Ian is pretty clear the best player, IMO I didn't see him beating MEP in such a way that would leave me "astonished".

I think my college colleagues could beat MEP 6-0 6-0 in a good day for them and a bad day for MEP.

However, perhaps I'm overestimating my colleague's level or underestimating MEP's. I would say I was around MEP's level back in college, and from that insight I think Ian's level is within reach. Perhaps I'm also underestimating Ian's level, especially since he is coming back from an injury.
I also underestimated MEP when I first watched him. He is deceptively good. Ian used to be at least 5.0 so no surprise he still is the better player of the two. There is a lot to learn from both. I actually won a match today borrowing many pages from MEP’s playbook.
 
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