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Analysing Fena ! (Was Gonzo's run at AO a fluke?)

After that brilliant run of form at AO this year, Fena has only managed to reach the final of one tournament, 'Rome'; but yet won nothing.

I remember reading from the posts made at MTF during his AO run how much Fena has improved, all thanks to Stefanki!

I'd like to know which areas has Fena actually improved, since I only started following him after AO this year. Has he improved at all? Does he have a TMS in store for him, or was that run at AO a 'fluke', and Stefanki overrated?

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Time to watch more tennis instead of asking these newbie questions.
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I guess his defence has improved and maybe his volleys. He really needs to get a topspin backhand though..
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Time to watch more tennis instead of asking these newbie questions.
Since you're an oldie around here, how come 4/5 times your posts are full of gas?

Can't expect anything from this quarter :retard:

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His problem is his backhand. I don't think I saw him do anything but slice it today.



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His shot selection is SO much better than what it was. It still isn't perfect but right now when he's good he's very good and then when he's average he's average. It used to be when he was good he was very good but when he wasn't good he was terrible.

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Since you're an oldie around here, how come 4/5 times your posts are full of gas?

Can't expect anything from this quarter :retard:
I guess it's expected from Rafa Roids-fans to know nothing about tennis and start asking around.
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His shot selection is SO much better than what it was. It still isn't perfect but right now when he's good he's very good and then when he's average he's average. It used to be when he was good he was very good but when he wasn't good he was terrible.
And Stefanki is responsible for that improvement? But is it enough to get him a TMS title at least. I mean the guy looked so hard working at AO, he deserves some. Just too bad he ran into Fed and Rafa in his finals this year.

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And Stefanki is responsible for that improvement? But is it enough to get him a TMS title at least. I mean the guy looked so hard working at AO, he deserves some. Just too bad he ran into Fed and Rafa in his finals this year.
well I guess Stefanki is responsible. If you ask that kind of question you won't get a 100% certain answer because as far as I know nobody here works with Gonzo so nobody knows exactly how he is improving. He deserves what he gets and the other top players work just as hard, just because he sweats and shouts Bamos and gets the crowd invloved doesn't mean he is working harder although for sure he is a great proffesional.

If he is getting to finals thesedays he is expecting to run into Federer and Nadal and it's not bad luck that he can't beat Federer on the fast courts or Nadal on the clay courts.

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Gonzo lost his power, now his fh is just ok and his bh is awful...

i dont know what happens in his mind right now...

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Gonzo's backhand is OFF right now - and besides that I think he should get his head together as well too. He seemed to really lose it at times in his match against Tipsy today, losing his concentration and the like.

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I was going to start a thread about this, but I can post here. I think the percentage tennis imparted by Stefanki has been both a blessing and a curse, yes he can play smarter tactical points to get breaks and get opponents out of their comfort zone, but the absence of his power game really shows when he has to close matches out. Today when serving for it at 5-3 in the fifth, every time he got into a rally he was playing chipped backhands cross-court, rather weak floaters that Tipsarevic took early on his forehand and smacked into the corners as he had been doing for most of the match. His topspin backhand has never been a great shot but he can hit screamers on that side when he's on, and at least he'd be more proactive if he went for it. Constant slicing isn't so much a clever tactical play as a desperate resort.

We've all seen him choke before by going for stupid shots on big points (Coria in Miami a few years ago springs to mind), but I'd rather see him flay a forehand out by miles on match point than just dump a nothing slice into the net, with no real pressure on the shot other than the scoreline. Federer has a tendency to miss weak backhands on break points as well, that's an aspect of his game that no one should try to emulate.

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