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Can a serve-volleyer win Roland Garros?!

Not even great serve-volleyers like McEnroe, Becker, McEnroe, Sampras etc could win RG with their style of play. Can it be done in the foreseeable future?
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It's my dream...but I don't think so

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Re: Can a serve-volleyer win Roland Garros?!

Nope. Which is not to say that a player who serve-volleys on some points can't win RG.

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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.

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

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Re: Can a serve-volleyer win Roland Garros?!

what you are really asking there is can dent, ancic, karlovic, rusedski or tati rascon win RG? so as sjengster said...no!
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Well, some people thought Henman was going to win RG at one point last year. Imagine that Tim Henman, RG champion!
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Imagine that Tim Henman, RG champion!

That would be fantastic !

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with great difficulty...

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That would be. That would also need Coria, Nadal, Ferrero, Zabaleta and Nalbandian to all lose to someone else before they played him for it to happen.

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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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ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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That would be. That would also need Coria, Nadal, Ferrero, Zabaleta and Nalbandian to all lose to someone else before they played him for it to happen.
you can add hewitt to that list too (and federer and safin...and canas)
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Well, I'm not sure Henman and Hewitt would both get that far in the same year (I know they did last year, but that was fairly exceptional). OK, Federer too, but he needs to get to the second week of RG first.

Woh, how I could forget Canas??!! Yeah, him too.

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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you can add hewitt to that list too (and federer and safin...and canas)
The weird thing was, he said RG and many of the clay courts were playing faster than Wimbledon last year...it just goes to show that wimbledon is not a fast court these days by any means and hasn't been for the past few years...So, bizarre as it sounds, he may actually have a better chance in RG than wimbledon IMO
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The weird thing was, he said RG and many of the clay courts were playing faster than Wimbledon last year...it just goes to show that wimbledon is not a fast court these days by any means and hasn't been for the past few years...So, bizarre as it sounds, he may actually have a better chance in RG than wimbledon IMO
i think he has a poor chance at both to be honest. he needs to be at the net but the serve just isn't good enough to get him there in good position. cant believe the clay was playing quicker than the grass, but wimbledon is much slower these days due to the balls! (and everyone who moaned about the ivanisevic/sampras matches there )
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i think he has a poor chance at both to be honest. he needs to be at the net but the serve just isn't good enough to get him there in good position. cant believe the clay was playing quicker than the grass, but wimbledon is much slower these days due to the balls! (and everyone who moaned about the ivanisevic/sampras matches there )
yeah, the balls and the surface to some extent. A lot of players notice how much Queens is faster than Wimbledon since 2001. If the playing conditions were the same as they were in the 90s Henman would well have won Wimbledon by now - he just needs more penetration which the quicker conditions should provide
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Only if they chip and charge most of the time.
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yeah, the balls and the surface to some extent. A lot of players notice how much Queens is faster than Wimbledon since 2001. If the playing conditions were the same as they were in the 90s Henman would well have won Wimbledon by now - he just needs more penetration which the quicker conditions should provide
i disagree. dont see him as a slam winner regardless of the conditions. not saying he is mentally fragile but dont think he quite has what it takes. i might be wrong though.
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