Re: Are best-of-five matches too different from best-of-three matches?
Stupid question, of course they are, it is totally different game, best of 5 you play only in slams and DC that means you are under pressure, because slams are most important events, whole world is watching and it is the big prize you want to succeed, DC- you play for your nation it is totally different to any other tournament, you can ask why- many great players played shit in DC and visa-verca average players suddenly thaks to their hearts and love to their country became DC heroes. About physicall difference i hope donīt need to say a word-huge difference of course.
So mentally and physically it is different, in part of mentally i think besides that - big tournament, pressure or playing for your nation, maybe also stamina issues can affect players.
i mean when you know you can run forever it is much easier to play your game and so on. BTW excluding USO at other slams and DC you play final set forever... break of serve must be done, while in any best of 3 in menīs tennis there is TB in final set.
So best of 3 you donīt need to have good stamina -for example say your serve is big and you are average player -and you can win in 2-3TBīs, in best of 5 you need to win 3 consecutive TBīs or 2consecutive TBīs and another one in 4th set for example, you need to have better stamina, mentally tougher and if it goes to 5th besides USO no TB... you must break serve.
Also most of the times best players can turn around matches from 0:2, i meam more time you have you can figure out your opponent, change tactics and so on. Also for agressive players - big servers it is easier to win best of 3 match, because in best of 5 either serve can go away, or start to make UE, or just win 2TBīs is easier than 3TBīs and so on. I think best of 5 format is better for top players, simply they have more time for win matches even if they are down.
Also sometimes you play somebody who is playing unbelievable, but he can play such high-level tennis for say 2 hours and then it is gone, so he can win 2:0 but he wonīt win 3:0 you can turnaround that match, because you have more time and he needs to stay more time in god mode