Sunday, March 29, 2009

Beautiful


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That's all I can say about Taylor Dent's game. Transition tennis and net skills just don't come any better these days. Nice to see him get a straight-set win over a decent seed in Tommy Robredo and make another round. The sport could use a good comeback from someone with such an Old School game as his.

The top women are simply pathetic. Dinara Safina, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Vera Zvonareva are out.

17 comments:

cms said...

Ana, instead of Dinara x2. But yes, it's a pitiful display.

Karen said...

Extremely pitiful. They make it so hard when you try to defend them and their tour and then they go out and play like crap. However, it could also be said that there is considerable depth in the women's tour, insofar as that nothing is a given and anyone can lose to anyone. Venus said it best: every woman on the WTA tour is a great player and they have very good games. For some reason I am not shocked by Dinara losing today. I have just not been impressed with this girl like everyone else seems to be. As to Jankovic, less said the better about this one.

JerryZ said...

Taylor's game at net was beautiful today, even though he did miss a couple of easy forehands. Hopefully he can keep this up and get some good results this year.

Is anyone watching Safin and Monfils right now? Compelling stuff, the third set was filled with drama. Monfil seemed down and out being down two breaks, but he somehow managed to win the next three games. Now it is heading into a tiebreaker. Let's see who can pull this one out to face Andy next.

JerryZ said...

Monfils won it!!! Oh, Safin, how did you manage to lose this one?

Graf_sampras said...

concerning the women's tennis,.....

that's why there should be NO Second thoughts about it:

women's tennis state today has NEITHER surpassed nor even merely approached the level of the williamses at their best.

some writer said recently in an article:


"When the Williamses are away ....it becomes a REASON to IGNORE women's tennis".

Graf_sampras said...

although Dent is much Burlier -- his serve and volley style reminds me so much of PATRICK RAFTER -- his own father's countryman...

so exciting to see the way they are so EAGER to get to the net, knowing they are also risking some things like being lobbed or a return coming back quicker than their approach, isn't it?

it's that electricity that comes because you know it's a high risk game they're playing..but when successful so magnificent to see.

and Dent makes it look so powerful too.

it's AMAZING that at his age , considering the premium on youth in the ATP , STILL plays some good games and after such long , repetitive absences and SERIOUS injuries.

even THIS comeback is really a "touch and go" thing on his back. he said himself.

Graf_sampras said...

AND by the way -- it's NICE to see another american....ROBERT KENDRICK play WELL..he's giving Tsonga a run for his money too.....

remember kendrick? he gave nadal FITS in wimbledon 2 years ago.

he's GOOD! he should stay confident in his game, and he can do some damage.

Graf_sampras said...

Tsonga and Kendrick are playing "old grass" wimbledon tennis. hehe.

even forehand slices..lol.

Graf_sampras said...

woooowwww...that was a NICE forehand volley by kendrick..so controlled for such a difficult shot.

5-4

tsonga to serve for 5-5

he better be careful to hold serve..it's close to the end of the set.

Craig Hickman said...

However, it could also be said that there is considerable depth in the women's tour, insofar as that nothing is a given and anyone can lose to anyone.

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I suppose it could be said, Karen. But I wouldn't say it.

Karen said...

@Craig - hehehehehe

Karen said...

Serena looks like she is picking up her play in the second set - good to see - dont think Serena likes to serve second in matches - think she always likes to be ahead - come on girl - save the WTA

Graf_sampras said...

for the record -- serena williams remains the ONLY player , man or woman in over 50 - maybe 60 years - to serve a match - where ALL her first serves landed IN.

100 percent.

i forget whether it was the entire match or set. but at LEAST a set. it's more likely that a number of players have served 100 percent first serves IN for an entire set...so

my presumption is that I am recalling that she did it for an ENTIRE MATCH.

USO - i think it was when she won it the first time or the second time.

the last one to do it was over 50 years ago - a male player in the USO, i think.

serena was asked after the match about it and she said:

"oh? really? i didn't realize ......i was just trying to focus so hard"....


lol.

Joseph said...

Jankovic and Ivanovic have really sickened me as of late.
Their inconsitency isnt good enough.
The womens rankings are becoming a joke with players jumping in and out of the top 10 weekly, and top players putting in pathetic performances.

MMT said...

Dent's style is a nice contrast to "big babe" tennis which seems to have permeated the men's and women's game now almost completely. It's one reason I like Tsonga's game so much - the variety, and the thinking. Bad serve-and-volleyers become doubles specialists - good serve and volleyers make the game a thing of beauty. No surprise his father is Australian.

BTW - if you've ever seen old clips of the Australian Open when it was on grass, it's no wonder that Aussie's (for the most part) were religious serve and volleyers - how the hell you're supposed to play ground strokes on those courts is beyond me.

Even Lleyton Hewitt is a good volleyer, although he doesn't do it too often.

vw said...

Dent is fat, almost fatter than Fat Dave. Hope he can do it though.

Graf_sampras said...

MMT said...

Dent's style is a nice contrast to "big babe" tennis which seems to have permeated the men's and women's game now almost completely. It's one reason I like Tsonga's game so much - the variety, and the thinking. Bad serve-and-volleyers become doubles specialists - good serve and volleyers make the game a thing of beauty. No surprise his father is Australian.

BTW - if you've ever seen old clips of the Australian Open when it was on grass, it's no wonder that Aussie's (for the most part) were religious serve and volleyers - how the hell you're supposed to play ground strokes on those courts is beyond me.

Even Lleyton Hewitt is a good volleyer, although he doesn't do it too often.

Mon Mar 30, 01:06:00 PM

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EXCELLENTLY Summarized by MMT!

to ME -- the TRUE complete game of tennis -- TENNIS itself -

IS serve and volley.

the best of serve and volley requires a solid, strong backcourt foundation that is brought to the fore as a game of POSITIVE playing, rather than negative playing:

positive meaning:

you MAKE things happen rather than wait for things to "happen" through attrition.

Navratilova put ot correctly, regardless of what tennis has become to "make it more difficult for serve and volleyers" - including the demise of grass courts in general for which the best skill combinations and athleticism tennis was really built for in the modern game:

"to play the serve and volley is not something everyone or most develop, because it just takes much more time to master...that's why most remain baseliners mostly because they can start winning games earlier in their careers and can't give up its rewards in order to become more complete as tennis players".

or sampras put it another way:

"the baseline game is basically the game we all played as kids...only you're grown up and bigger now...serve and volley is really , more correctly an art".