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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Is Berdych a ballbasher?

...or he has a nice court game that he hates to display?
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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?

A ballbasher with nice strokes.
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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?

I don't particularly like him, but I wouldn't call him a ballbasher.
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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?

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A ballbasher with nice strokes.
exactly.

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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?

I actually think his strokes look ugly (though nicer than Soderling's ) but must be just me.

I think he's not one dimensional but hardly an all-court player either.

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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?

Oh and is it just me or does half of Berdych's backhands look to be hit near the frame? There's always this odd noise off it that sounds very terrible.

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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?

a little more controlled than blake
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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?



I think the very term originally used to stand for someone who basically goes for broke no matter the situation. Lately on MTF it has gotten a wider and broader meaning. Now it can also be used to describe someone who constantly hits hard with no real point construction.

Conclusion? There isn't a single player in the top 100 who can be accurately called a ballbasher, but people on here love to keep things simple. If someone plays defensively and tentatively, they push. If someone hits with loads of spin to have a high net clearance, they moonball. If someone hits aggressively, they ballbash. I've seen Del Potro being called a pusher as well as a ballbasher in reference to one single match on here.

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A ballbasher with nice strokes.
This. He has some nice strokes here and there but he's essentially a ball basher.
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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?

what is the criteria to be a ballbasher?
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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?

How is he a ballbasher?

He doesn't whack the ball from a high position like DPot or Soderling. He actually hits it rather low. He doesn't go for broke on every shot like Blake. Those are true ballbashers.

And Berdych does have variety, off his forehand and backhand. He hits it short and deep off both wings and can mix it up. Dpot or Soderling, even Tsonga, they don't do that.

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The methods and drugs used by Armstrong in 1999 would work in tennis right now, with zero chance of being caught (not slightly surprising to anyone familiar with the topic, btw).
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what is the criteria to be a ballbasher?
My question as well. Someone who hits the ball as opposed to gently picking it up, giving it a hug and sending it off in a parachute?
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My question as well. Someone who hits the ball as opposed to gently picking it up, giving it a hug and sending it off in a parachute?



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The methods and drugs used by Armstrong in 1999 would work in tennis right now, with zero chance of being caught (not slightly surprising to anyone familiar with the topic, btw).
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Re: Is Berdych a ballbasher?

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How is he a ballbasher?

He doesn't whack the ball from a high position like DPot or Soderling. He actually hits it rather low. He doesn't go for broke on every shot like Blake. Those are true ballbashers.

And Berdych does have variety, off his forehand and backhand. He hits it short and deep off both wings and can mix it up. Dpot or Soderling, even Tsonga, they don't do that.
Berd seems to be playing the best grass court tennis at the moment. You're exactly right above and his shot selection has been solid. His transition game has been good. He attacks on the right balls, and dictates the point for a couple shots to set it up.

Berds game is fine right now. If he can hold himself together mentally, he has a real good shot at this title.

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