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Does anybody actually enjoy defensive tennis?

2003
11-25-2011, 01:50 AM
Or do you think fans of those kinds of players simply love the player as a person and therefore come to accept their style, rather than falling in love with the style of the player because of their attacking game.

Or do you think people generally are on the edge of their seat with long rallies?

Ibracadabra
11-25-2011, 01:51 AM
It's love for the player, nobody dreams of defensive tennis.

rocketassist
11-25-2011, 01:55 AM
When it's not completely monopolising the game and winning all the slams, it's not too bad.

There were some clay court classics in the 90s. Even Nadal vs Coria in Rome was a phenomenal contest, but seeing the one style of play dominate across all surfaces is hugely tedious.

SetSampras
11-25-2011, 02:36 AM
Loved watching and still love watching it on clay ( the ONLY place it should be played).. Outside of clay???? God no.. Its terrible

Rafa = Fed Killa
11-25-2011, 02:41 AM
Depends on the definition of defensive

If it is intelectually setting up your opponent and breaking his pathetic will then yes.
If offensive means bashing the ball as hard you can like a mentally challenged donkey then yes I enjoy defensive.

If defensive is playing like NOLE or RAFA then yes I enjoy defensive.

Define defensive and then I will explain your illogic.

Shinoj
11-25-2011, 03:35 AM
Yes Most people love defensive tennis and they love Golf too. :lol:

SaFed2005
11-25-2011, 03:50 AM
When it's not completely monopolising the game and winning all the slams, it's not too bad.

There were some clay court classics in the 90s. Even Nadal vs Coria in Rome was a phenomenal contest, but seeing the one style of play dominate across all surfaces is hugely tedious.

+1

Pirata.
11-25-2011, 04:18 AM
Loved watching and still love watching it on clay ( the ONLY place it should be played).. Outside of clay???? God no.. Its terrible

Never thought I'd agree with Set Sampras.

Kat_YYZ
11-25-2011, 04:29 AM
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Sonja1989
11-25-2011, 05:34 AM
Yes, since everyone has different taste. I do btw.

MuzzahLovah
11-25-2011, 06:02 AM
It's more enjoyable then watching someone routinely miss the court by several feet.

abraxas21
11-25-2011, 06:12 AM
it mostly depends on variety rather than the "offensive v. defensive" dichotomy which is rather simplistic.

for example, while to some ponyboy is awesome for his offensive tennis, i personally find him a bore to watch given his constant ball bashing brand of tennis. little variety in his game.

by contrast, a player like andy murray, who generally likes playing defensively, is much more entertaining because he can actually mix up the play and do stuff that most players don't do these days.

Lurking
11-25-2011, 06:29 AM
Does anybody enjoy watching Berdych hit easy error after easy error whenever it gets tight?

abraxas21
11-25-2011, 06:34 AM
no but then again the only ejoyable aspect of berdych is his girlfriend

Shinoj
11-25-2011, 06:42 AM
Defensive game is when you always wait for your opponents mistake than create a point of your own. I still don't get how people like a defensive game. I think other than the same nationality of the player and the fans who don't have too much idea about the game and just like the fact that somebody is winning nobody likes a defensive game.

green25814
11-25-2011, 07:10 AM
Tennis is at its best to watch when its an offensive player trying to break down a defensive player, with the court surface offering no advantage.

Dr.Slice
11-25-2011, 07:48 AM
Rather defensive tennis that watching the most boring tennis ever - serve and volley.

Navratil
11-25-2011, 08:37 AM
I only did watchin Lleyton Hewitt cause he was such a great fighter! And he had great skills, good serve and solid volleys.

But compare Hewitt to compatriot Rafter and all his matches are boring as hell ;)

But is it really fair to consider Nadal as a defensive player??

Thank god there is no Wozniacki on the ATP tour :D

Forehander
11-25-2011, 08:51 AM
Depends on the definition of defensive

If it is intelectually setting up your opponent and breaking his pathetic will then yes.
If offensive means bashing the ball as hard you can like a mentally challenged donkey then yes I enjoy defensive.

If defensive is playing like NOLE or RAFA then yes I enjoy defensive.

Define defensive and then I will explain your illogic.

Defensive = When Federer run around chasing the ball down with his magician like racquet work. Some of the best defense you'll ever see. Don't you agree?

ossie
11-25-2011, 09:53 AM
i'll take defensive tennis over mindless serve bots any day.

BodyServe
11-25-2011, 10:37 AM
Tennis is at its best to watch when its an offensive player trying to break down a defensive player, with the court surface offering no advantage.

Totally disagree, there is no such thing as "court surface offering no advantage" and you know how the point will end, either a winner or an unforced error, is it really exciting?

Watch some Davydenko-Nalbandian indoors encounters or even the Delpo-Soderling WTF 09 to see what tennis at its best is (winners coming from both sides of the court).

sexybeast
11-25-2011, 10:49 AM
I enjoy watching Djokovic against Nadal alot, it is a fucking war out there when they play. I love it.

asmazif
11-25-2011, 10:52 AM
It's more enjoyable then watching someone routinely miss the court by several feet.

Arguable.

Nole fan
11-25-2011, 11:01 AM
Depends on the definition of defensive

If it is intelectually setting up your opponent and breaking his pathetic will then yes.
If offensive means bashing the ball as hard you can like a mentally challenged donkey then yes I enjoy defensive.

If defensive is playing like NOLE or RAFA then yes I enjoy defensive.

Define defensive and then I will explain your illogic.

This. :yeah:

Nole fan
11-25-2011, 11:03 AM
Rather defensive tennis that watching the most boring tennis ever - serve and volley.

I agree with this too.

zdravkelja
11-25-2011, 12:01 PM
I can respect and enjoy defensive tennis if it's played smart. But I preffer offensive, Federer style.

Shirogane
11-25-2011, 12:12 PM
Yes and no. In fact I do, when it's against a player I dislike :lol: — which practically never happens on the men's side, as far as I'm concerned.

Modetopia
11-25-2011, 12:15 PM
Yes Most people love defensive tennis and they love Golf too. :lol:

It's good if you have insomnia...:angel:

Tennis-Life
11-25-2011, 12:19 PM
Yes Most people love defensive tennis and they love Golf too. :lol:

don't forget about cricket too :haha:

BroTree123
11-25-2011, 12:31 PM
Depends on the extent of the defensive game. If you got for example, Caroline Wozniacki, then I'd need to take eyedrops to watch her matches --> 100 def/0 off. Rafa's got at least some mix of Def/Off I suppose. Roughly like 65 def/35 off.

Filo V.
11-25-2011, 12:55 PM
I enjoy it in moderation.

Kat_YYZ
11-26-2011, 02:10 AM
i'll take defensive tennis over mindless serve bots any day.
serve bots :hearts: ... but not mindless ones!! ;)