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WWW Newhaven R2: stepanek v.s Gonzalez

misty1
08-24-2010, 12:10 AM
Radek stepanek's win today sets up a very interesting match in round 2 against fernando gonzalez

neither one is playing well and both have had patchy seasons because of injruy, illness or personal reasons

gonzalez is coming back from an injury and hasnt played in a while and while radek has been in action for a while he hasnt had alot of matches

Roddickominator
08-24-2010, 12:21 AM
sex god in 2

Javier Bardem
08-24-2010, 12:21 AM
this is a weird matchup to predict but it's definitely safer to go with stepanek here. this is probably just practice for gonzo to get ready for the open but stepanek has been so rusty himself

tennishero
08-24-2010, 12:23 AM
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Ibracadabra
08-24-2010, 12:23 AM
Normally gonzo but maybe radek, tough to call

Filo V.
08-24-2010, 01:15 AM
I'm going with Gonzo here in straights.

malisha
08-24-2010, 01:29 AM
Radek knows how to deal with Gonzo...serve to his backhand and charge the net

easy matchup for him

Filo V.
08-24-2010, 01:33 AM
I would almost always say Radek to win this, but I don't trust him or his level enough to back him. I think Gonzo is going to come back and play good tennis now that he's healthy; Radek needs to prove he can beat good players.

malisha
08-24-2010, 01:48 AM
well he suffered from patellar tendonitis.....ugly knee injury...sholud have played both Toronto and Cinci but cancelled

Radek is still on his comeback yeah but at least hes getting better...Fog scholled him in Toronto...was competitive in first set against Troicki and winning matches now

if he wants to win here i think it will be a quickie sth like 6-3 6-2

malisha
08-24-2010, 01:56 AM
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/5422/stegon.jpg

against Gonzo Radek spends more time at the net the on then baseline and yes it works

Filo V.
08-24-2010, 02:00 AM
well he suffered from patellar tendonitis.....ugly knee injury...sholud have played both Toronto and Cinci but cancelled

Radek is still on his comeback yeah but at least hes getting better...Fog scholled him in Toronto...was competitive in first set against Troicki and winning matches now

if he wants to win here i think it will be a quickie sth like 6-3 6-2

As far as I know, his knees are healthy now, but he had/has a calf issue which prevented him from playing the masters events. Radek is obviously farther along in his comeback, he seems to be making a slight resurgence in form, especially from where he was in Toronto, however, this is the best player he has played since his comeback, and with Gonzalez coming back himself, a player that gives him a target like Stepanek does is a good way to come back and get sharp quickly.

By he, I'm guessing you meant Gonzo? I think if Gonzo wins it's going to be easy, and if Radek wins it will be comfortable but a closer scoreline (like 6-4 6-4 or 6-4 7-5). I don't think Radek can actually destroy Gonzo but if he plays well and is sharp this is definitely a winnable match.

emotion
08-24-2010, 02:03 AM
Unfortunately, Stepanek proves precision beats power.

Filo V.
08-24-2010, 02:04 AM
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/5422/stegon.jpg

against Gonzo Radek spends more time at the net the on then baseline and yes it works

He knows what he needs to do to win, he's going to have to keep that serve percentage up, and whether he's quick enough right now to get to the net and cover it effectively is in question to me. But, that serve to the backhand and wait for the chip to put away strategy works every time with Gonzo.

Filo V.
08-24-2010, 02:18 AM
Unfortunately, Stepanek proves precision beats power.

Well, guys like Roddick, Stepanek, Karlovic, Federer, they don't allow Gonzo to get away with that backhand return. Big serve to the backhand, take the slice out of the air or simply get an easy volley and end the point. Or S&V, and make Gonzo hit the pass with the backhand. Rafa is the same way in mentality with a different game style, serve out wide to the backhand, get an easy return, dominate the point with forehand. It's a simple and very easy and effective strategy with Gonzo because he slices the backhand return so much, and the slice floats weakly most of the time. You can dare him to hit over the backhand with the return because it's not consistent, and he also struggles to create with it when he doesn't have pace and he struggles at times with it being in the middle of the court, making it easily attackable. His backhand in general is nothing more than average, so guys who know how to exploit it, beat him.

emotion
08-24-2010, 02:24 AM
karlovic does not count as s&v :p
he is s&htdgib (serve and hope they don't get it back)

Filo V.
08-24-2010, 02:33 AM
karlovic does not count as s&v :p
he is s&htdgib (serve and hope they don't get it back)

That's true :) But he does have some S&V ability, he's not an awful S&V player, he's not an awful volleyer. The main reason is because his big ass moving forward and being at the net intimidates players. Also being so tall he can get floating balls easily. What he struggles with are guys like Rafa and Roger who have the spin to put balls down to his feet. Gonzo doesn't have that with his backhand so Ivo doesn't really have to worry about it. I remember at Queens how Ivo chipped the ball to Gonzo's backhand a lot and came to net, and Gonzo kept missing the backhand. You don't even need to be a great volleyer, quite frankly, you just have to make Gonzo hit tough backhands and put the pressure on by coming to net or taking his floaters and attacking. Hold him accountable for that backhand return and you got him.

emotion
08-24-2010, 02:36 AM
Yeah, and as he ages, he has to hit more and more backhands with his knee issue...why not a low slice vs Karlovic? (e.g. Lopez)

emotion
08-24-2010, 02:37 AM
I think it might be equally inconsistency. You can not lose focus vs a big server, and you can count on Gonzo to lose focus.

Filo V.
08-24-2010, 02:41 AM
Yeah, and as he ages, he has to hit more and more backhands with his knee issue...why not a low slice vs Karlovic? (e.g. Lopez)

He doesn't have a low slice, or at least I've yet to see him use it a lot or enough. That's actually his biggest issue against a guy like Karlovic, Nadal or Stepanek. He has a slow, floating slice, a less effective version of Roddick's (and they had the same coach so that isn't an accident). His topspin backhand generally is either moonball-ish, or it's really flat. He lacks variety and creativity with his backhand. He will be forced to hit more backhands with his age and reduced movement as you say, so he's gonna have to put in the work to improve that shot.

Filo V.
08-24-2010, 02:44 AM
I think it might be equally inconsistency. You can not lose focus vs a big server, and you can count on Gonzo to lose focus.

Very true. He gets frustrated too quickly, gets mad, gets mopey and as you say, loses focus. Also, he likes to end points with winners and many times will go for broke and try to hit return winners when that isn't necessarily effective or even possible with big servers.

straitup
08-24-2010, 03:27 AM
Not thinking Steps is the type of player Gonzo wants to be playing to get some form back, so Stepanek in 2

case
08-24-2010, 03:41 AM
is there any tennis player anywhere as slimey as stepanek?
i cant say i missed him, but i can say i am sorry he is back. he makes soderling look like a gracious winner

latso
08-24-2010, 11:00 AM
Gonzo in 2

Radek is nowhere near the form he was in their last encounter

and he needs to be at 100% to win anyone on hard, except Cuevas and maybe Dabul

sheva07
08-24-2010, 11:59 AM
Hopefully Gonzo but I think Sexy will win.

TommyCZE
08-24-2010, 05:23 PM
Go Radecek! Big surprise for me 2 breaks in the first. Gonzo not 100 % for sure, both players need match practice though. Keep it up, Radek!