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What is with Labadze?!!

What is with Labadze and beating former and current top 20 players?!! He has taken out Arazi, Carlos Moya and Agustin Calleri!! Is he a threat for a shock semi - final place?
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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

Didn't he beat Agassi once?

Last year or in 2002.
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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

He still hasn't lose his high Nandrolone levels ...



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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

yeah he did - Shanghai 2002 i think. I have never seen him play and don't know his strengths but i am taken aback by his success this week. That is considering the fact that when he played players like Gasquet at the start of the year he was losing 6-0 6-2 etc.
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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

He is a lefty with a good serve, he has a two handed backhand and he is a baseliner.

From the baseline he hits no winners, but he amkes almost no unforced errors,and he is very hard to break when he serves those lefty first serves to the backhand of his opponent.

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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

... not sure I agree with the previous post. I watched Labadze take out Moya at Indian Wells, and he was going for broke quite often on his groundstrokes in that match (though it's the only time I've ever seen him play). He did hit quite a lot of winners--especially forehands down the line--but also framed a few, and missed several by a lot.
Congrats to him for pulling it together often enough to win some good matches this week.
Now to check Nitsanh's ranking update, this should make for a big Labadze jump.
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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

Is he the guy fined for tanking a match last year?
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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

I saw Labadze play Spadea at the Roland Garros last year. He is as Tennis Lurker says a baseliner (at least on clay) with a two handed backhand and but he is not at all conservative. He hits the ball incredibly hard, i'd say as hard as anyone I've ever seen. He basically aims to overpower his opponent from the 1st shot. If his opponent manages to keep the ball in play for more than 4 strokes he will attempt to hit a ridiculous winner. Sometimes they fall in, sometimes they don't. He is VERY streaky and can go very hot and cold in the same match. At times he can be unplayable. Other times he can't put the ball in play for his life. I checked his stats for his match against Chela at the Austalian open this year and he hit 55 winners to Chela's 15. He also made 58 errors compared to Chela's 16. That's the kind of player he is. A little like Gonzalez without the imagination, flair or variety. Joachim Johansson or Philippousis when he was younger and less prone to going to the net would also be reasonable comparisons. Personally I prefer watching players who player with a bit more touch and flair but for those who like hardhitters he is definately one to check out.

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he playerd very different today, not very riskyQ. I read a couple years ago that you were a very risky player. In this match you were very patient. Have you changed your approach to tennis, maybe because of the chess?
IRAKLI LABADZE: No. I am a very risky player. But the difference between two years ago and now is that two years ago I was not thinking, I was not trying. Maybe I was lazy or mentally not so strong.
Now I just -- I'm fighting for every ball. When I see stupid to hit, why not to play one more time over the net, then I get a chance and I hit. I'm just doing it like this. I just try to keep more balls in the court. When I get a chance, hit, think a little bit.
As you see, it's working pretty good, so I don't want to change it.

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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

I'll be shocked if Labadze negotiates his way past Blake.
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Their record is 2-0 to Labadze, once in a challenger several years ago and the second time last year on American hardcourt in the second round of Memphis - he won in straight sets.

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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

I remember when Labadze came out and smashed Agassi, Baldy didn't have a clue what hit him that day.

Labadze is not rubbish, though I could see him just as easily losing 6-0, 6-1, though I don't want this to happen.
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Sounds like another Gonzalez. But Gonzalez learned to mix it up with some finesse or at least trying, I am sure someone else would pop up and play like aggressive without bound ...

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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

I read someone said that Labadze is another talent player that need to keep his head straight.
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Re: What is with Labadze?!!

It was Shanghai 2001... Then Agassi defeated him twice...
I can´t believe today match
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