In defence of Impartial_Lion
by _ProStaff6-0_85 21 February 2008
comment on the article
During the period in which I have observed this forum, Impartial_Lion has lucidly argued for a radical re-evaluation of the standard of tennis in this decade. With careful presentation of the factual evidence, and serene intelligence in his reasoning, he has conclusively - nay, irrefutably - demonstrated that we are witnessing a Weak Era, with an extraordinarily mediocre World Number One in Roger Federer. Rightly, Impartial_Lion has contrasted today's pitiful offerings with the golden epoch of the Age of Lions.
If I may humbly develop Impartial_Lion's hypothesis, I would contend that the ruinous state of tennis today can be ascribed to the failure to play an attacking net game. The key determinants in this collective tactical failure in contemporary tennis are a contagion of choking, and an epidemic of poor volleying. As a result, we have an abundance of players who play such uninspired baseline tennis as to allow a truly pitiful player such as Federer to win not only points, but Slams.
Everyone how will remember how Henman swept Federer aside at Wimbledon 2001 with his leonine serve and volley game. But since, volleying standards have worsened. The seeds of decline can be seen here, where Roddick fails to put away an easy overhead, leaving the arrogant Swiss with a simple passing shot even he could not miss:
As the disease spread, even demi-Lions such as Henman found that they became seized by mental and technical fragility, choking with easy volleys, and allowing Federer to win:
As a result, no-one approaches the net, and instead, as with Nadal here, simply gift points to Federer from the baseline. A true Lion would have won this point at the net off the first crisp volley.
I defy any Federer-loving troll to watch the footage and resist the remorseless logic of this argument. I congratulate knowledgeable tennis historians such as Impartial_Lion, and hope this footage contributes to the rigorous case set forth by him and his colleagues.