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Davis Cup 2015: Round One

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:56 am

I like Serbia's DC captain, as he never PRs what he says:

"Ne volim kada ga pitaju to za dve godine, a niko da spomene da je bio i ostaće sportista koji je najstrože kažnjen u istoriji svetskog sporta. Nešto što je presedan. A organizacija za koju i danas igra donosi ovakve odluke. Publika širom svega gleda njegove mečeve, a mi preko ogromne stvari prelazimo olako, kao da je bio na godišnjem odmoru na Maldivima i zbog toga nije igrao.

Zbog toga je ovo još veća pobeda. Neverovatno je šta je uradio. Kada se vraćao u vrh, Agasi je imao silne specijalne pozivnice i mnoge koje su radili za njega, onda je posle karijere priznao da se drogirao i niko nije rekao nijednu reč, a Viktor kao da se nije desio. Vića i svi me zaustavljaju da ne pričam i jedva sam čekao da to izgovorim i ogorčen sam na one za koje radimo. Oni u treninzima i putovanjima su stvorili ATP i ITF i onda su bili sklonjeni. Imao sam potrebu da ovo kažem da čujete nekoliko reči i o tome"


He basically criticises ITF's hypocrisy comparing how differently Agassi and Troicki were treated after their "returns".

How Aggassi was being offered numerous special invitations and WCs, how nobody said anything when he admitted drugs taking in his autobiography, whereas Troicki was the harshest punished player in the history of tennis.

Might is right, nothing new there, still...

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:00 am

Tenez wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:
Kim Jong-Un wrote:It's a handicap for rallying and on return games, but certainly not for serve. 
God forbid we move to technology/surfaces where someone like Isner can serve their way to Grand Slam victories.

edit: Btw in my comment to NITB, I was specifically referring to serve (saying how margins are easier if you're taller), not shots in general

Serving is not as easy as some make it look, despite their height. I agree it may be boring to watch, but it's much more exciting to play short rallies than long ones. That's the heart of tennis.

What's your view on this, T?

You might not like my answer. Like everything I guess it is a question of balance. Going to extremes, I preferred the Sving era than the lung busting one...for one reason: It simply involved less physicality, less doping but more skills. For me both can be boring if pushed to the extreme, but one is simply healthier. In the 90s there were huge servers as well....but those who were just that got found out by the business of tournaments.

Just looking at the Dubai or Shangai final....the difference in skills and talent is simply huge between Federer and Djoko...yet their matches are very close...and that to me shows something quite unfair.

Just look at the serving between those 2. With Hawk Eye it was very obvious that Federer could generate much better place serves than Djoko. Without using force, just timing and skills, Fed managed to find his way out of trouble.

If both were playing with natural gut, the difference is skills would show much more.

And why would I not like the answer?
I know Federer is more talented and a more complete player than Nole. Even in this era with his SBH. When did I claim Nole is the GOAT?

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Post by noleisthebest on Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:24 am

And to add to the above, regarding preference - I have always liked all-court tennis, players that are comfortable in every part of the court, SBH is the key for that game.
Modern conditions have made it very hard to play such tennis, but some still can.
It's beautiful to see them slice, volley, dig half-volleys from any position, go down the line, just enjoy the ball and what they are able to do with it.
Federer in particular even able to win against toughest DBH opponents when he has a fresh day.

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by luvsports! on Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:01 pm

Great doubles match here.
Another 5th set! Can they come from 2-0 down again?!

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by noleisthebest on Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:56 pm

Nishi-Raonic looking interesting.
Nishi under tons of pressure as this is a must win match, Japan being 1:2 down.

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by noleisthebest on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:01 pm

I can't believe Raonic is winning long rallies against Nishikori...the end is surely nigh Yikes

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Post by luvsports! on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:21 pm

1-1! Go Nishi

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by Tenez on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:52 pm

oops...I'll catch up with this one.

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by luvsports! on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:56 pm

2 set points Nishi! Looking for the double break

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by luvsports! on Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:03 pm

2-1 Nishi!

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by luvsports! on Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:21 pm

Looks like another final setter between these two.

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by Tenez on Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:01 pm

great point to break back from Rao in the 5th...allez Rao!

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Post by Tenez on Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:13 pm

Rao is a compulsive choker. His serve should be much better.

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Re: Davis Cup 2015: Round One

Post by luvsports! on Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:22 am

Why were you for Rao Tenez?

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