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 on: Today at 01:54 PM 
Started by Connor - Last post by waverlybear
Tsonga - one of the good guys

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38713952

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 on: Today at 01:53 PM 
Started by amongsttheleaves - Last post by Tamaragl
I agree with everything you just picked on, ATL. I've been thinking about the whole thing and in a funny way I actually believe this could end up being a really good experience for Andy. We know what a problem-solver he is, and I'm quite sure that he's going to look at this match and ask himself why he couldn't solve the problems it gave him. If he's anything like we've seen in the past, he's going to go to work and start figuring out how to deal with Zverev's type of play. I'm not saying he needs to drop everything he's worked on and suddenly become a serve-and-volleyer himself, but he does need to be able to get into a position mentally where he can readjust on the fly and come up with a response to styles of play that he doesn't see very often.

And, of course, not necessarily rely on wearing down the less experienced or less fit opponent, which is definitely something the top players know about, especially Djokovic and Andy. Catherine Whitaker on the Tennis Podcast said she felt that Andy realized in the Zverev match that that scenario simply wasn't going to happen and it was one of the reasons he got a bit desperate and went for a lot of shots that resulted in unforced errors.

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 on: Today at 01:52 PM 
Started by Connor - Last post by amongsttheleaves
So the QF in the singles for the women are:

Muguruza vs Vandeweghe
V Williams vs Pavlychenkova
Ka Pliskova vs Lucic-Baroni
S Williams vs Konta

for the men:

Goffin vs Dimitrov
Raonic vs Nadal
Wawrinka vs Tsonga
Federer vs M Zverev

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 on: Today at 01:29 PM 
Started by amongsttheleaves - Last post by amongsttheleaves
I hate to say but Andy was doing so well with Jamie coaching him for months. Now lendl is back it is back to the baseline.

Perhaps he needs a change who knows Boris perhaps!!

Thank you for article Among very good.
I am sure he will go away and think about things, that is what Andy does best and comes out firing. As he is getting older He must come in more he hits superb ground strokes and I am always shouting 'get in and kill.

So much for this talk of Boris. Andy had Amelie working on his net game with him for quite a long time and he made big strides in that area, his shot selection got better there - we all know that Andy has great hands but in the past he didn't always make the best choices when he got up to the net.

Jamie was on his own late April-early June. Since mid-June Andy's court positioning has crept backwards in my opinion. My gut tells me that his net approaches were less on grass in 2016 than in 2015. I have to check the data to be certain though. But because Andy won Wimbledon this has been overlooked. I know proper S&V tennis hasn't been played at Wimbledon since the women's final in 2006.

I struggle to believe that Andy can't retain the improvements he's made with past coaches. So is it just that Andy only believes that he can win a slam from defending proactively from the baseline?

Andy's been winning matches decisively when he wins the majority of his points in under 5 shots - of course there is another player who has a say in that as well, and the other player is allowed to play well!

Andy hasn't had control of those medium rallies much lately, and he isn't dominating the longer rallies, those tend to be fairly equal between Andy and his opponent. Exceptions being against guys like Karlovic and Isner whose movement doesn't help them win those long rallies.

Lendl himself said he doesn't do technical work with players because in his own words he's 'sh*t' at it, he said doesn't do goal setting or motivation either. The prevailing narrative is he's there for some sort of mystical mental strength at slams provided by his mere presence, but the last two slams haven't been good for Andy.

Andy has done amazing things, given us all a great deal to cheer about, and we're greedy and want more. But I feel he needs to work out how he wants to play, because this baseline grinding doesn't cut it anymore, and while he's still young he is getting older for an athlete. Don't want to see him retire in 2 years at Wimbledon like someone on here suggested!

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 on: Today at 01:21 PM 
Started by Matthew2408 - Last post by Matthew2408
Wawrinka
Federer

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 on: Today at 01:09 PM 
Started by Mark - Last post by Mark
I suppose it depends if he did honestly believe Hillary was the greater evil of the two. But if instead he was involved in a conspiracy with the Russian government then that's another story.

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 on: Today at 12:57 PM 
Started by amongsttheleaves - Last post by jdonald
I hate to say but Andy was doing so well with Jamie coaching him for months. Now lendl is back it is back to the baseline.

Perhaps he needs a change who knows Boris perhaps!!

Thank you for article Among very good.
I am sure he will go away and think about things, that is what Andy does best and comes out firing. As he is getting older He must come in more he hits superb ground strokes and I am always shouting 'get in and kill.

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 on: Today at 12:53 PM 
Started by Connor - Last post by Aileen
 Just been watching the last two sets of Nadal/Monfils.  Gael was 4-2 up in the fourth, but Rafa pulled back and took the set 6-4, so that's Gael out.  Shame, I was rather hoping he would do it, but Rafa upped his game and that was that.  Now I hope he can beat Raonic.  In fact I'd be quite happy if he won the tournament, but please god that we don't have yet another Nadal/Fed final!!

Meanwhile I see Dimi beat Istomin in four.

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 on: Today at 12:53 PM 
Started by amongsttheleaves - Last post by amongsttheleaves
Just to clarify - some seem to be saying Andy's game was actually in decline during his run to no1?

That isn't what I was saying.

I raised questions about court positioning a little bit during the grass season, and repeated them again after Cincy. Other than the Dimitrov match and the first set of the QF Andy's court positioning at the USO was not that strong and he definitely seemed to take a step or two backwards in the second half of the season.

I was not able to watch Beijing, but saw everything else from Shanghai-WTF and it seemed to me that Andy's incredible defence and returning underpinned what he did in the autumn. The second serve held up pretty well during that time even though his FSP was below 60% the majority of the time.

There were some horribly scrappy matches against Simon, Verdasco, Berdych, Isner, Nishikori, and Raonic during that time, but he stepped it up a the right moments. Andy didn't always use much of his attacking variety during that time - the Berdych, Nishikori and Raonic matches stand out in my mind because those are all players who said how hard they were finding handling Andy's variety in 2015.

Conversely I think it was possible for Andy to have had his best results without playing his best tennis as much as it seemed he was. Andy's best matches in 2016 were I think the two against Stan. Court positioning was fantastic in both.

I definitely never used the word 'declined' or 'regressed' - though I did reply to a post which did use this word in this thread - my biggest concern was with court positioning, and since the beginning of 2017 with the significant drop in second serve points won.

Because of the court positioning I had concerns that Andy would struggle with Mischa's net game because it would take time away from Andy off the ground - he didn't respond well to being rushed in Doha, or by Marchenko. Andy likes to construct points, that takes time, but if a player rushes him he's not adjusting at the moment.

Which is why I questioned what Andy had worked on over the off-season - obvious improvements in 2015 and 2016, but the only thing I can see is Andy running around the ball quite a bit to hit a forehand, which I guess is a Lendl hallmark, but it doesn't look fluid at the moment, something about the movement and rotation looks very awkward, almost in slow motion at times.

This fourth round match was so much about court positioning, Andy played 145 points at the baseline, winning 61 there, Mischa played 71 points at the baseline, winning 34 there, so Mischa actually won a higher percentage of baseline points - 48% to 42% - he played 119 S&V points winning 59%. Andy played just 3 S&V points, and won 2. He basically only came up to the net when Mischa forced him there, which was quite a lot, but Andy didn't take the net away from Mischa when Andy was serving.

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