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Is the death of serve and volleying a good or a bad thing/

I would like to say that I find claycourt rallies far too repetitive, monotonous, and on the whole boring.

So what do you guys think?? Do you think that variety, and net play is generally better to watch, or should the tour stick to baseline rallies?
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Re: Is the death of serve and volleying a good or a bad thing/

Personally - I am in completely the opposite camp to you Haasfan! I enjoy clay court tennis, and after only one day of the grass court season I am bored already!!! Got home from work in time to see one hour of Rusedski "serving and volleying" on TV and it was enough to drive me outside to mow the lawn Still I guess variety is the spice of life as they say - the grass court season is very short (mercifully for people like me!), and many people enioy it - so good luck to them!

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I dont think baseline and serve/volley should be compared. They're too different and if you like baseline, serve/volley is boring for you and vice versa. Baseline will be boring because it's never-ending and serve/volley will be boring to others because it ends to quickly. So, I think they are both just here to stay and neither of them should go and neither of them won't go. They are both alright with me

personally, I like players who mix it up--they can play from the baseline, and they dont necessarily serve and volley, but come to the net and are crafty there

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It's a bad thing of course !!!!!!!!!!!
When you see Henman on clay, like this year, it's magic, it's the most beautiful game.
I love watching serve/volley players on clay , and less on grass, i admit it's boring...and it's boring to see 2 claycourts rallyes on clay.

But in genral i really prefer a player like Henman than another players like Coria.
When 2 players play 2 meters behind the baseline, it's horrible, it's anti-game.
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I agree, serve and volleying is a lot more exciting IMO. Just like when players come in the net, you can really hear the crowd getting excited even in a clay court match.
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Re: Is the death of serve and volleying a good or a bad thing/

Although some of my favorite players are baseliners (Agassi, Seles), nothing beats seeing them face off against a great serve-volleyer. We saw this in Coria/Henman, which was certainly one of the most interesting matches of RG.

So yes, while I don't think everyone should be playing serve-volley tennis, it is too bad that there isn't more of a balance between the styles out there.

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I would like to say that I find claycourt rallies far too repetitive, monotonous, and on the whole boring.

So what do you guys think?? Do you think that variety, and net play is generally better to watch, or should the tour stick to baseline rallies?
Why do people always see things that way? Haven't you seen the numerous dropshots and netplay in this RG? Maybe it's not as much as you would like, but I wouldn't call it monotonous baseline rallies. I think in general people are fixated by some prejudice and become blind to the fact that current generation players are mostly very versatile.

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Serve and volley will never die. It causes too many problems for the baseliners.

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I hate pure serve/volleyers. People who go there time after time makes me I do enjoy when baseliners go there during matches though, since they don't do it more than 15 times or so. it's neither a good thing or a bad thing imo. we need different styles of play to have some different appeals to matches and stuff

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I don't think serve-and-olleyers are dying out. Sure they are less in number, but smart baselines serve-and-volley and just volley too. That mix is pretty interesting, while pure serve-and-volleying and baseline games are a bit monotonous.

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Serve and volley will never die. It causes too many problems for the baseliners.
Maybe, but there are Henman and...and ????

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I think volleying takes more skill. Volleying is not easy at all, though thats not really the reason why people don't do it, the courts have been slowed down, returning has become the emphasis of the modern game. Baselining is much more basic, and as repetitive to people like me at least. Serve and volleying just spices it up. Of all the serve and volleyers on the tour now, I struggle to name a handful, Mirnyi, Karlovic, Henman, Rusedski, anybody else????
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of course death of serve+volley is bad, the most exciting/classic matches over the past 20 years have been between baseliners and serve-volleyers
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Henman's s/v misery was ended by Coria in RG semis.
Without his self-proclaimed best volleys and rail thin body, Henman would do worse in the slams.
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Re: Is the death of serve and volleying a good or a bad thing/

At the top level in tennis every shot takes skill, it takes ability to hit strong and consistent groundstrokes as well as big serves and delicate volleys. I enjoy 'em both, personally, although the calendar makes the transition from clay to grass far too quick - as a viewer I don't mind since I get tennis on TV virtually everyday from Rome to after Wimbledon, but it's hard to adjust to watching a completely different style all of a sudden. Yes, it would be a pity to see serve and volley die out, the speed of the balls and certain courts need to be increased to get more attacking players back in the mix. With heavier balls the really big servers who stay at the baseline can still hit bombs, while players like Henman who follow their serve in have real problems getting enough power. The bottom line is, too much of anything is dull - endless short points and big serving would be boring, as would endless baseline rallying (which does feature a lot more net play than people imagine, there are serve-volleying and dropshot/lob combinations that break up the pattern considerably).

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