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Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

He is the only true top player who always plays attacking tennis. As we saw in yesterday's US Open final, both Djokovic and Murray are pushers. Nadal is obviously the GOAT pusher. After Federer retires who could step up to take his place? Or we have to deal with pushers for next decade or so.
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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

oh, this will go down well.
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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

Looks like most juniors are trying to play Djokovic style.
At least Saville attacks a bit.

This year, 7/8 of the players in slam finals were (at least mostly) defensive players. The exception being Federer.
There are plenty of attacking players out there, but with the slow courts, they don't make slam finals (exceptions being Berdych, Soderling, Tsonga, del Po).
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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

You could miss the word "attacking" and answer still would be the same. Actually I think that later or sooner we will see quick courts once again and next wave of tops will be more attack prone.

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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

was a bit gutted to see at my local club, young kids who had a single-handed backhand being told to stop and learn how to use two hands.

meanwhile, i'd say a good 90 per cent of those 35 and up use a single backhand. it annoys me. if a kid finds it more natural to use one arm, then USE IT.

but alas, robotic tennis is being taught from the ground up, i'm afraid. at least here in canada, anyway.
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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

Berdych,Del Potro,Tsonga all play attacking Tennis but they lack the mental consistency that Federer has. Also Djokovic has a real good Attacking Style but somehow he ends up pushing half the time these days. Its frustrating to see that because his attacking Play is as good as anyone and is quite fascinating to see.

Perhaps he feels its necessary to Push and play 4 5 Hours in order to win it? It looks like a Mental thing more than anything.
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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

I think the sports popularity in general will probably die off quite a bit when Federer leaves the game. Its already in bad shape right now in the US. Kids just dont want to get into sports like tennis anymore. Too much work and sacrifice involved. Its also become increasingly expensive for most people with the way the economy bboth in the US and abroad. Organizations like the USTA are not helping things either. If anything just the opposite.

I guess thats a little of topic though. To answer your question I would say gutsy offensive tennis in general is pretty much dead right now anyways. Even big servers dont play gutsy anymore. It more of a serve and retreat strategy. Honestly....Fed is not really that offensive either outside of fast indoor hardcourts. The only really offensive players I have seen in the last few years have been Berdych and Soderling.

I honeslty think next year the US Open will speed up the courts. Federer can probably compete at the top of the game for another 3 or four years if the courts speed up. Wimbledon is FUBAR right now. The grass mixture really screwed up the whole event. Lendle would have won wimbledon if he played on this new grass.
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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

sigh. Is Federer the official life-support of attacking tennis now? One just has to look at the French to know this is an exaggeration.
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Don't get me wrong, I get your point.. defensive skills are valued more than offensive skills right now.
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No, there will be at least one slam winner in a few years to play an attacking game.

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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

There are still offensive minded players. Tsonga, Berdych, Del Potro are primarily offensive. I agree though that defensive tennis seems the way to go for most players.

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Berdych,Del Potro,Tsonga all play attacking Tennis but they lack the mental consistency that Federer has. Also Djokovic has a real good Attacking Style but somehow he ends up pushing half the time these days. Its frustrating to see that because his attacking Play is as good as anyone and is quite fascinating to see.

Perhaps he feels its necessary to Push and play 4 5 Hours in order to win it? It looks like a Mental thing more than anything.
It doesnt have anything to do with mental consistency. They dont have the stamina to beat the marathon runners and they dont have the talent to beat Federer
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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

Tennis in general will die.
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Re: Will attacking tennis die with Federer?

Everyone who doesn't go for a DIRECT winner on each point or rushes the net on each possible occasion is a defensive player according to MTF, I am sick of it.

Djokovic and Ferrer for example are agressive baseliners, but they construct their points. That is also attacking tennis.
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It doesnt have anything to do with mental consistency. They dont have the stamina to beat the marathon runners and they dont have the talent to beat Federer
Berdych's H2H vs Federer is 4-3 since 2010 vs Federer.
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