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Australian Open 2013 - the other players

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Here is the rally.





Thanks for the video, Iona...Smile
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Having just watched it - Simon looks quite fresh at the end, whereas Monfils is puffing and panting. Think
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Monfils was struggling in the 2nd set and after that. Simon was fine until the 3rd set but then he started struggling worse than Monfils with a leg injury which is why Monfils came back even though he was struggling himself.
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From Simon's injury on the whole match was a struggle. Esp. In the fifth set. After nearly every game they both needed treatment, could hardly run for the ball. Therefore I did not see the point in playing endless rallies. I know that their style is not based on aggression. But you should have a plan B when things go differently, shouldn 't you. Re Monfils: I actually like it when someone brings life on the court, Andy has also tried to animate the crowd, yet he sometimes overdoes his tendency to "playing" instead of finishing the point. Or is it just poor shot selection?
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From Simon's injury on the whole match was a struggle. Esp. In the fifth set. After nearly every game they both needed treatment, could hardly run for the ball. Therefore I did not see the point in playing endless rallies. I know that their style is not based on aggression. But you should have a plan B when things go differently, shouldn 't you. Re Monfils: I actually like it when someone brings life on the court, Andy has also tried to animate the crowd, yet he sometimes overdoes his tendency to "playing" instead of finishing the point. Or is it just poor shot selection?
I don't see the point in having a lot of long rallies anyway - (a) they're tiring for the players, and (b) the only thing they seem to prove is which player is going to outlast the other, not only physically but as far as hitting and placing the ball is concerned.  If players came up to the net more often then that would bring more interest to the game.

I don't care to speculate on Andy's shot selection because I'm not well enough versed in the technicalities of the sport to do so, but my feeling is that Andy needs to find more of a killer instinct, something that Lendl is keen to work on because he was quoted recently as saying he didn't care even if Andy buried the ball in his opponents nuts, just so long as he put it away somewhere inside the court.

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They both play like Andy used to Rolling Eyes There are some really dire clips on Youtube of Andy failing to finish a point.
A "71 stroke rally" sounds more of the same to me.
And the fact they're both so prone to injury, as is Rafa, is, I suspect no coincidence.
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Wawrinka ******* Djokovic up. 4-1 double break
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I know I'm watching!! Can't believe it come on wawrinka keep it up!!..
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5-1 oh my god!!!
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Lol noone believed me when I said Wawrinka could get a set off Djokovic and give him a fight.
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FFs nole get it together
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Absolutely brilliant I want Stan the Man to win now. Cmon!!!!
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Lol noone believed me when I said Wawrinka cuould get a set off Djokovic and give him a fight.

I guess olderer paid stan good money for this
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Absolutely brilliant I want Stan the Man to win now. Cmon!!!!

Me 2! But a looong way to go Frown
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I would have picked Djokovic in 4 in RTR and banked something else, but wasn't worth the risk since I was ahead.
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