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Novak Djokovic = better version of Paul Haarhuis

KrisJB
10-15-2007, 10:19 AM
There's such a huge similarity between these two players, especially between their serves, movement and forehands. Of course, Nole has a better backhand, but still you can find a better copy of Haarhuis in his game. Moreover, there is nothing outstanding in Nole's game, his play vs. Wawrinka were medium-paced shots, too long ball exchanges and thanks to Wawrinka mediocre play the result was so one-sided.

Montego
10-15-2007, 10:39 AM
Maybe there is some similarity in style, but Djokovic is 5 times better than Haarhuis ever was.

kulikuli
10-15-2007, 12:14 PM
There's such a huge similarity between these two players, especially between their serves, movement and forehands. Of course, Nole has a better backhand, but still you can find a better copy of Haarhuis in his game. Moreover, there is nothing outstanding in Nole's game, his play vs. Wawrinka were medium-paced shots, too long ball exchanges and thanks to Wawrinka mediocre play the result was so one-sided.

This means the Djoker would have fared well against Sampras:

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/?player1=Haarhuis%2C+Paul&player2=sampras

BTW - Haarhuis wasn't even professional at Djokovic's age. He was already 23 years old when he turned professional.