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Alba Barragan

Semi-Pro
One strange thing about Sascha is his relationship with Melo, I've always found it to be weird.
I like it, I think it's lovely. Sometimes I do find it a little bit weird because they're constantly bashing each other in a joking way, and in my personal experience that can be uncomfortable, but judging by their dynamic and personalities I guess it works for them. At the end of the day, I'm a bigger fan of players being real and close friends, not just acquaintances made on tour. Alex and Marcelo seem to have one of those friendships. Also, as far as I know, Marcelo has been one of the reasons why Z has improved in his volleys. Anyone who can help him with that has my approval ;)
 

NuBas

Legend
I like it, I think it's lovely. Sometimes I do find it a little bit weird because they're constantly bashing each other in a joking way, and in my personal experience that can be uncomfortable, but judging by their dynamic and personalities I guess it works for them. At the end of the day, I'm a bigger fan of players being real and close friends, not just acquaintances made on tour. Alex and Marcelo seem to have one of those friendships. Also, as far as I know, Marcelo has been one of the reasons why Z has improved in his volleys. Anyone who can help him with that has my approval ;)
I guess what throws me off is their age difference, maybe its a friend of his brothers too. Yeah Sascha has Mischa and Marcelo as training buddies, no excuse for not improving volleys.
 

Alba Barragan

Semi-Pro
I guess what throws me off is their age difference, maybe its a friend of his brothers too. Yeah Sascha has Mischa and Marcelo as training buddies, no excuse for not improving volleys.
Sascha mentioned the age difference not so long ago, I don't remember in which interview, but he kinda said that, despite being 30+ years old, Marcelo is still pretty much a kid at heart, so playful, cheerful and even immature. That's why they get along so well, they're both like little kids.

Edit: I just remembered I found this interview earlier today, where Marcelo also says a few things about their friendship:

They first interacted during the tournament in Rotterdam back in 2016. They were both watching a match in the locker room, and Marcelo said "Look at that, the guy needs to do serve and volley", Sascha answered with something like "You don't understand anything about tennis. You're crazy. He can't do that". Then the guy on the tv screen wins the next point by playing serve and volley, and Marcelo was like "See? I do understand tennis". Then he offered himself to help Sascha with his serve and volley game, and even though Sascha didn't want to at first (apparently he used to say Marcelo only knew how to play doubles, not singles), he ended up asking him for help after some time. They're friends since then.
 
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NuBas

Legend
Sascha mentioned the age difference not so long ago, I don't remember in which interview, but he kinda said that, despite being 30+ years old, Marcelo is still pretty much a kid at heart, so playful, cheerful and even immature. That's why they get along so well, they're both like little kids.
Yes I do remember that interview, thanks for the reminder. Avatar looking good!
 

Alba Barragan

Semi-Pro
Yes I do remember that interview, thanks for the reminder. Avatar looking good!
Thaaaanks :giggle: A special win deserved a special celebration!
I'm still thinking about going back to Bjorn after some time, but idk... hopefully Z will win a GS next season and give me a reason to have him as my avatar for good 8-B
 

NuBas

Legend
They first interacted during the tournament in Rotterdam back in 2016. They were both watching a match in the locker room, and Marcelo said "Look at that, the guy needs to do serve and volley", Sascha answered with something like "You don't understand anything about tennis. You're crazy. He can't do that". Then the guy on the tv screen wins the next point by playing serve and volley, and Marcelo was like "See? I do understand tennis". Then he offered himself to help Sascha with his serve and volley game, and even though Sascha didn't want to at first (apparently he used to say Marcelo only knew how to play doubles, not singles), he ended up asking him for help after some time. They're friends since then.
:giggle:
 

NuBas

Legend
Thaaaanks :giggle: A special win deserved a special celebration!
I'm still thinking about going back to Bjorn after some time, but idk... hopefully Z will win a GS next season and give me a reason to have him as my avatar for good 8-B
I'm only commenting cause I like the blue and purple gold hues in the photo. It fits nicely as an avatar, its something I would use. But I only use Ana.
 

NuBas

Legend
The Ivan Lendl effect on Alexander Zverev is no laughing matter

LONDON -- On the eve of the ATP World Tour Finals, Alexander Zverev was asked when we will see the Ivan Lendl effect on his game. "Not immediately, but hopefully the beginning of next year," Zverev said. Then he added, "We'll see this week as well."

Yes, we did.

As the 21-year-old Zverev celebrated his stunning victory against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final at London's O2 on Sunday night, Lendl sat in the stands with his infamous stone-faced expression almost ready to crack.

He should have smiled. He deserved to smile. Zverev, who announced he had hired Lendl just before the US Open, followed up his win against Roger Federer in the semifinals with an even more unlikely -- but equally convincing -- win over the previously all-conquering Djokovic, 6-3, 6-4.

Lendl wasn't able to spend much time with Zverev heading into London because of wrist surgery and various commitments. But they've clearly leveraged their time together.
Earlier this week in the round-robin stage, Zverev was outplayed by Djokovic from first to last ball. But Zverev changed his game plan heading into Sunday's showdown, mixing attacking tennis with outstanding defense. His serve was smooth and on point.

When Lendl was working with Andy Murray, whom he helped to become a three-time Grand Slam champion, the little things made the most impact.
Remember when Murray broke down in tears on court after he lost to Federer in the 2012 Wimbledon final? Lendl told him that he would never feel as bad on the court again.

Less than a month later, Murray won Olympic gold and went on to win the US Open a few weeks after that. The next year, he won Wimbledon in front of his home crowd. In their second spell together, Murray added a second Wimbledon title and another Olympic gold medal.

With a reputation for brevity and an abrasive sense of humor, Lendl famously used to go home after matches rather than socialize with the Murray team. But he knows when to be a hard taskmaster and when to put an arm around the shoulder, even if it's metaphorical.

After Zverev's win Saturday, the young German was struggling to understand why sections of the crowd had booed him for calling a let during a point when a ball boy spilled the ball and moved forward to retrieve it.
"It was an emotional moment for me," Zverev told Sky Sports on Sunday night. "I was supposed to be the happiest guy on the planet, beating Roger in the semifinals here, and it was tough for me. I didn't feel like I'd done anything wrong. I felt like I'd done the right thing, but the crowd didn't appreciate it.

"As tennis players, we take it personally, this kind of stuff. [Lendl] just said, 'Look, it's nothing personal. They're all Roger fans; he deserves to have the most fans in the world.' He just told me, 'Go out here today and enjoy.'"

Lendl worked on getting Murray to stand closer to the baseline and be more aggressive; with Zverev, it was more about picking his moments to attack, something he had not done in his round-robin match against Djokovic earlier in the week.

"He obviously analyzed the match that I played with him a few days ago, told me a few things I had to do different," Zverev said shortly after winning the title. "I was more aggressive today. I tried to take the ball earlier. Those kind of things.

"Obviously, Ivan, the experience he has on and off the court, is amazing. That helped me, as well, to kind of play the two matches that I played back to back now."
After winning five titles in 2017, Zverev's victory Sunday was the most important trophy of his career and his fourth of 2018. He finishes the year ranked No. 4, and with very few points at the Grand Slams to defend in 2019, he will have strong hopes of going even higher and maybe winning one of the sport's biggest events.

"It means everything," he told Sky Sports. "This is the biggest title I've won in my career. I really hope this is just the beginning. I'm still young. I still want to improve on things -- this means a lot to me."
In his on-court speech, Zverev made a point of thanking his father, Alexander Sr., describing him as "maybe the best coach in the world."

Lendl might have something to say about that.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
Zverev is looking good. He looks comfortable and may push Djokovic hard and even beat him. He is ready to take over Murray's part and complete the new Transitional Big 4 along with the other Big 3. Until new guys push out the old legends, I think the new Big 4 may dominate during the next couple of years.
 

NuBas

Legend
Hey, he has always been a nice person :mad: Like when he spent some time with Felix, the little blond boy during the American hard court swing. He was having a good run at the time :)
Its understandable to have an ego when you have super model looks and all the success he had. Though bit of humility can do him good from now on.
 

Alba Barragan

Semi-Pro
Its understandable to have an ego when you have super model looks and all the success he had. Though bit of humility can do him good from now on.
Have you seen his recent photoshoot for Icon Magazine?! I'm not the biggest fan of his looks but god! he looks great there.
 

NuBas

Legend
Sure! Here are some of them:





And these others are from within the physical magazine. Someone shared them on twitter a few days ago, but I can't find the original photos.


Aw man, I can't view the images, its just a blank small square. Must be an error.
 
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