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Why Muster's playing style was so bad...

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because it deprived tennis journalists of a potentially superb pun. Had he been a serve-volleyer up against grinding baseliners, every defeat could have been met with the headline "Player X Passes Muster", but instead he was the one doing the passing.

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ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

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Re: Why Muster's playing style was so bad...

Muster was mustering up all his energy, the more he drained his opponents the stronger he got
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Re: Why Muster's playing style was so bad...

Yes, I suppose the punning possibilities are endless for the Moo-Man... but I like the idea of, say, Stich declaring after he upset Muster at RG in 1996, "My serve was strong, and my groundstrokes held up - they certainly passed Muster." But to do that, you would have to reverse their styles of play...

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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I remember that Muster was subject to one of the most biased and relentless attacks from the American Media, who was constantly belittleing his accomplishments after he reached number 1 in the rankings over both Sampras and Agassi... even the usually mild Sampras had some snipping remarks regarding Muster's titles... he was deemed too claycouter, too serious, too one-dimensional, little flashy and too European for the American Press tastes...
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because it deprived tennis journalists of a potentially superb pun. Had he been a serve-volleyer up against grinding baseliners, every defeat could have been met with the headline "Player X Passes Muster", but instead he was the one doing the passing.

along the same lines - many years ago i played a guy in a local area tournament by the name of Rod Pass.

He was a serve and volleyer.
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K.

No picking on Tommy.

I love him.

And this isn't bullshit love like I have for Andrew.
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I remember that Muster was subject to one of the most biased and relentless attacks from the American Media, who was constantly belittleing his accomplishments after he reached number 1 in the rankings over both Sampras and Agassi... even the usually mild Sampras had some snipping remarks regarding Muster's titles... he was deemed too claycouter, too serious, too one-dimensional, little flashy and too European for the American Press tastes...

Sampras hated Muster and was incredibly jealous of him for his stature in Europe.
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Muster had a sense of humour, which is something Sampras never had in spite of all his Slams.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Muster was hilarious.

I mean, maybe his #1 ranking was a bit undeserved, but he didn't deserve to be ragged on by practically all Americans.
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They were jealous that this guy did it, but of course the fact the destroyed Sampras indoors at Essen in 95 was what actually helped him get those huge points as well as winning all the clay stuff.

Fitting that Miami was his last tournament victory.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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The thing I admired most about him is how he always tried to improve on the faster surfaces, at least in his later years.

He'd play a completely different game for hardcourts, and while being far from the best at it, he would grind his way to wins. While playing on that crap had to be torture for his legs.
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it's a shame that Sampras and Agassi didn't even have one-tenth of the personal rivalry with each other, that each of them had with Muster. It would have made the Sampras-Agassi matches a lot more interesting.
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The thing I admired most about him is how he always tried to improve on the faster surfaces, at least in his later years.

He'd play a completely different game for hardcourts, and while being far from the best at it, he would grind his way to wins. While playing on that crap had to be torture for his legs.
It was the hip that gave away, but he could only play on it for short period of times.

He had to change his game everywhere and not just for hardcourts and if he didn't change his game when he did, he would never have had the run in 1995.

If you ever want a video to get these are the ones:

Muster towelling Sampras indoors Essen 95
Muster bitchslapping Agassi in Davis Cup 90 ( I was there live for that one, too bad porker Skoff couldn't finish the job)

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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The thing I admired most about him is how he always tried to improve on the faster surfaces, at least in his later years.

He'd play a completely different game for hardcourts, and while being far from the best at it, he would grind his way to wins. While playing on that crap had to be torture for his legs.

Muster under-performed at the USO, so that was a big reason why he didn't get that much respect here. He never reached the USO semi's, which is what puts a tennis player on the national network television map.
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Muster under-performed at the USO, so that was a big reason why he didn't get that much respect here. He never reached the USO semi's, which is what puts a tennis player on the national network television map.
Big in the USA or respected internationally? I know which one I'd take and Muster would as well. A prick on the court, but respected everywhere in the tennis world.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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