Tennis is far more than ratings. It is also about pairings against styles.

#1
Tennis is far more than ratings.
It is also about pairings against styles.

I have seen this a lot:
A crushes B
B crushes C
Yet, somehow C crushes A

This is also why the #1 seed does not always win the tourney
 
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IowaGuy

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#2
Tennis is far more than ratings.
It is also about pairings against styles.

I have seen this a lot:
A crushes B
B crushes C
Yet, somehow C crushes A
A good example of this at the pro ranks was Sampras, Agassi, and Stich.

Stich>Sampras 5:4
Sampras>Agassi 20:14
Agassi>Stich 6:0 (only lost 2 sets in 6 matches!?!)
 
#4
I believe this is why we play matches instead of deciding winners on paper.

Or maybe the matches are just to show off for the ladies.
 

OnTheLine

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I tend to agree with the thought in general ..... and I know the one style that when against, I tend to implode.

The bunty moonballer has been my nemesis.

I am getting better at countering this style .... My normal brain defect was to start playing "safe" lots of margins and not a ton of pace. Well, I don't have the patience for that and then would lose totally un-fun rallies. Now, I am looking for my kill shot opportunity and playing more angles while striking my shots with pace.

I may not win any more than before, but at least I am enjoying it :)
 
#9
That's only true when people are approximately the same level. If you are better than someone you don't give a heck how they play.

J
I guess by definition, if you are better than someone you are also better than their style.

The bunty moonballer has been my nemesis.
My wife would rather have a root canal than play this type of tennis. I try to convince her its a legitimate style and she's got to develop a game to defeat it. But she'd just rather cross these people off her "people to play with" list.

This is also why the #1 seed does not always win the tourney
The number one seed often doesn't win the tourney by odds alone. If you have to win 7 consecutive matches to win a tournament and have a 90% win percentage in each one, you only have a 49% chance to win the tournament.
 
#11
My wife would rather have a root canal than play this type of tennis. I try to convince her its a legitimate style and she's got to develop a game to defeat it. But she'd just rather cross these people off her "people to play with" list.
Depends on what your goals are in tennis.

Do you want to win at all costs and become the best housewife in your county? Or do you just want to have fun? If it's the latter, why go out and subject yourself to potentially hours of un-fun tennis?
 
#13
Depends on what your goals are in tennis.

Do you want to win at all costs and become the best housewife in your county? Or do you just want to have fun? If it's the latter, why go out and subject yourself to potentially hours of un-fun tennis?
Well she likes to play league and tournaments so it behooves her to try to handle this style of tennis.

But I agree, I tend to avoid un fun tennis as much as possible and rarely enter tournaments.
 
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