Originally Posted by fluffyyelloballz
It is difficult to watch as Novak runs down balls that would once have been good enough for winners and sends them back for winning lobs or passing shots. It is clear that being defensive and able to slide and run down balls on hard courts is more rewarded than great shotmaking and aggression. I thought slowing down the courts was partly to stop the dominance of big serves and first strike tennis on fast courts but it has gone too far the other way. Now the actual tennis skills with the racket are secondary to grinding athleticism.
And while the rallies are gasp worthy, they always were.
in many sports today defense is more important than offense and good attacking positions come from good defense at the first place.
Some of these sports are most popular one - basketball, football, handball, hockey, american football, rugby etc.
Simply the key thing in sport is - everybody wants to win and they try to figure out strategy and game plan to do it. If you rely only on offense you will loose in most of these sports, and finally they figured out that if you want to win for sure, defense is more important.
I understand that you dont like this in tennis - but thats the way it is.
I dont like either when Djokovic hit forehands and backhands which should be winners and Murray and Nadal get them back slowly with their moonballs or slicing but I need to live with it.
So you should do the same too.