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Tell Me about Acasuso's Game

Having recently returned to following tennis more closely than just the Grand Slams and a few players, I'm trying to fill in some gaps in my knowledge. I'm starting with Acasuso - whose recent results have really brought him to my attention - along with some other Argentines, as a few of their countrymen already rank among my favorites.

What can you tell me about his game - I've picked up on the fact that he has a good serve? What are his strengths, his weaknesses, does he have a style of play similar to another well-known player that might help me place him?

Thanks for any information on his game.
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I think GWH is the best person to answer this one - and I'm sure he'll be pleased to once he's finished in Chucho's match scoring thread - but the best word I can use to describe Chucho is "unpredictable" - one day he'll be totally brilliant - and the next he'll lose to someone you have never heard of Yes - he does have a big serve (better than the other Argentines)- and he describes it as his best and favourite shot. He is certainly not the easiest of players to support (often you feel like strangling him ) - but he brings his own rewards. Nice to see you here by the way Anna - I recognise you from Gaston's Forum.

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I can't think too clearly now, so I will give more details tommorrow. The simple version is he has a good serve, smooth and excellent groundstrokes, forehand is good, but his backhand down the line is an excellent shot, a poor volleyer, can move well on clay for a big guy, on court he is unique.

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


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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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Yeah, and don't forget to add how many metres he stays behind the baseline, no matter if it's clay or hardcourt. Plus the specific attitude to his stay on court sometimes... For sure, this personality is unique. Of course, his backhand is one-handed. OK I don't but in, I know GWH can describe him just like he should be described.

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he is pretty strong clay player as all argentinians..but carpet doesn't suit him...

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Thanks for these details on his play. Hopefully I'll get to see him - preferably on one of his better days - next season. I wasn't able to watch all of the matches I recorded from Madrid - maybe I'll check through those after the Paris marathon and see if he ended up being shown.
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I better do this properly an analysis of Acasuso's game isn't the easiest thing to do. This is at best and not on his worst days.

Serve: He has an excellent serve, the best out of the Argentine guys on tour at the moment, he hits it at good pace and on a roll he's hard to break. One thing he should do more though is hit more kick serves, especially with his height, he can get good angles with it and put them out of court, then have fun with running them ragged.

Forehand: It's a good shot and can hit well with angle and not just power, it's a safer and more consistent shot than his backhand, but not as spectacular as his backhand.

Backhand: The down the line backhand is his most spectacular shot, but the one which he will make the most errors from most of the time. Yes, it's one handed and with both the strokes they are well produced, when he can be bothered to move his feet.

Movement: For a big guy he moves quite well laterally, but not that well when he has to come forward to the net, vulnerable to short slices, where he would have to move forward off the baseline.

Temperament: Inconsistent is Chucho all the way, he can have his day, then lose to nearly any player, when he isn't playing well. He always looks like he is stoned on court and at times gives the impression he doesn’t care on court, so the unpredictability of what Chucho brings to the court, can be either extremely frustrating or very enjoyable.

Overall, well what can Chucho achieve, that depends on him. 2005 has been good to him overall, but he is capable at his best to be between 10-20 and be ranked between 20-30 so he shouldn’t have to qualify for TMS event, whether he can be bothered or can is another thing.

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.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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omg george...u're an atp official?

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Re: Tell Me about Acasuso's Game

I like to consider him as a South American Ivan Ljubicic
(They even dress the same LOL)
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I like to consider him as a South American Ivan Ljubicic
(They even dress the same LOL)
, though I think Chucho has a better forehand and Ljubicic has a better volley, but an interesting comparison.

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, though I think Chucho has a better forehand and Ljubicic has a better volley, but an interesting comparison.
They're around the same height (6'3'' and 6'4''), they kinda weight the same, they're both right handers, with similar service motion. They're both great servers, they both have One handed backhands.... and they dress the same!

Is kinda like Chucho is a youngster Ljubicic.

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They're around the same height (6'3'' and 6'4''), they kinda weight the same, they're both right handers, with similar service motion. They're both great servers, they both have One handed backhands.... and they dress the same!

Is kinda like Chucho is a youngster Ljubicic.

And I just love that Diadora shirt
Señor Andres there is a resemblance between Chucho and Ljubo, the shirts, the games have certain similarities, they both don't like grass, just hope Chucho can have some more improvement in the hardcourt results.

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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Well I hope the resemblance between Ljubo & Chucho can reach another level: wisdom coming with age........

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yeah,wise and bold!

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