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Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

This year, especially after his injury, he seems to have started playing a lot more aggressive. He seems to be going for his shots more (and making more UEs in the process), is coming in to volley a lot more (his stop volleys are actually decent now) and in general is trying to finish off rallies a lot faster. He also seems to have incorporated some topspin into his shots and added variety that way.

In fact, he seems to be very comfortable coming in on a decent approach shot - something I thought he would never do.

I remember him being the quintessential ball machine - counter-punching for the most part until last year.

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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

I think I never watched him playing before. TV Boycott?

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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

Indeed, his net play has improved a lot
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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

He has been quite aggressive for the last few years, certainly more aggressive than he was in 03-05, a lot of the time he doesn't get as much credit as he deserves in this light. He's no grinder, not anymore, anyway.

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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

He's a ballbasher.
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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

My thought is most of you Fedtards should stick to analyze Federer´s haircuts/twins/Gillette ads. Hope this helps
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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

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My thought is most of you Fedtards should stick to analyze Federer´s haircuts. Hope this helps
My thoughts is that you should stick to keeping your face in Nadal's ass. Hope that helps.

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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

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Agreed. He seems quite comfortable with coming in and using fairly effective stop volleys.

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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

Okay, parrot. I will answer more seriously to your BS thread:

No, he hasn´t. He´s playing the same he´s been playing during years, no matter he has mastered a bit one kind of volley (he did it in 2008 btw) u tool
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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

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Okay, parrot. I will answer more seriously to your BS thread:

No, he hasn´t. He´s playing the same he´s been playing during years, no matter he has mastered a bit one kind of volley (he did it in 2008 btw) u tool
Don't think so clown. He has started trying to add more power to his strokes and thinking about how to end the point quicker. Aggressiveness doesn't just mean coming into the net and by the way, he has started feeling more comfortable around the net and is actively looking to come in unlike last year even if he did know how to execute the stop volley.

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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

as far as i recall, davydenko has always been a pretty aggressive player. certainly never a 'counter puncher' as you put it.

his net play might have improved a bit, though.
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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

He is more aggressive and powerful now, but I think that's also due to the more powerful racket he switched to in Miami 2008. Remember when he won the whole tournament with one racket (because it was only a demo racket that Prince did for him)? So, to me Davydenko's 2.0 game began in March 2008. With the new game, he has dropped a little the level of his overall consistency, but when his game is on, then the results speak for themselves... you can remember what he did to Verdasco at Roland Garros this year! By the way, thanks for starting a thread for somebody other than Federer and Nadal!

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Re: Has Davydenko become more aggressive in 2009?

His net game has certainly improved which is why he seems more aggressive. But to me he is still playing the same baseline game he has been known for, maybe coming in on more balls, but remember since 2000, staying on the baseline is being aggressive, not coming to the net. Apparently coming to the net these days means you're an idiot.

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