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The future of tennis?

Did we see a glimpse of the future today?

- Tall (at least 6'4)?

- Double handed backhand?

- Huge serve and massive power off both wings?

- Not much variety but brutally effective - hit with power from one side to the other, rinse, repeat? WTA has already been taken over by this style of play.

There are more and more players like this. Soderling, Berdych, Gulbis and obviously Del Potro. Roger has held this type of player off for several years but he is pushing 30 now, his reflexes aren't what they were and this is the second time in three slams that he has been taken out by a power hitter.

Are we seeing the unstoppable rise of the unidimensional ballbasher and, if so, is this a good thing for the men's tour?
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The WTA was 10 years ahead of the ATP! Men's tennis is finally starting to catch up! But the ATP version will serve well and be more consistent!
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I fcking hope not. We'll need a new version of Federer to keep them at bay.

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it has always been like this.. look at safin.
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Re: The future of tennis?

No.

There will be a player with all the shots, great defense, offense, serve, volley, drop shots, lobs, backhand, forehand, great footwork, movement, excellent tactician.

Except he will only be 5'9''.

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Re: The future of tennis?

Could you make any more of a gross generalization? The four mentioned are not that similar at all and they are even less reminiscent of WTA ballbashers.
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Could you make any more of a gross generalization? The four mentioned are not that similar at all and they are even less reminiscent of WTA ballbashers.
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Well, so much insight in them, hard not to show appreciation.
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Really hope an amazing S&V player comes along soon. We need more of those.

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NO, let's hope the talent level doesn't drop so far it's ALL ball bashing. To damn much of that now.

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Re: The future of tennis?

It isn't a good thing for the tour but I do think it is the future.
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I hope tennis doesn´t go the way of basketball, where you mostly have to be a freak to make the big teams. If S&V comes back and points are only 2-3 shots, the sport will return to 1990s low point of boredom.
Pitty we can´t clone Fred... wait, that's suddenly given me an idea....
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There will be a player with all the shots, great defense, offense, serve, volley, drop shots, lobs, backhand, forehand, great footwork, movement, excellent tactician.

Except he will only be 5'9''.
And he'll come from Rockhampton, Australia....

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