Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: El Aynaoui and Arazi
El Aynaoui - big serve, big forehand, a weak backhand that he covers up by switching to the slice. A straightforward power player, but a dangerous shotmaker who likes to play to the crowd and get them involved by showing emotion. His serve was devastating since it was powerful and well placed and he also managed to hit such a high percentage - 70% first serves as an average over the entire 5-hour epic against Roddick at the AO.
Arazi - the stereotypical "crafty lefty", another shotmaker, who manoeuvres opponents around the court using sharp angles off both wings and often finishes up hitting the most audacious winners. However, at 5'8" the inevitable lack of service power and groundstroke power has held him back from achieving great things, and perhaps one could place him in the Santoro category of awkward, unorthodox players.
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.