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El Aynaoui and Arazi

The Freak
03-18-2007, 04:44 PM
Couls somebody describe each of their playing styles? Such as their strengths and weaknesses, Thanks.

Sjengster
03-18-2007, 04:53 PM
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 Freak
03-18-2007, 04:55 PM
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.

Thanks, man.:)

The Freak
03-18-2007, 04:57 PM
Do they both go one-handed on the backhand side?

Sjengster
03-18-2007, 05:04 PM
Arazi yes, El Aynaoui's topspin backhand is a two-hander but it's such a shaky shot that he nearly always plays the slice instead, which ends up being quite effective at breaking up an opponent's rhythm. I remember once when he beat Nalbandian in Miami, he suddenly hit a gorgeous one-handed topspin backhand for a winner in the third set and a commentator said, "That looked like Stefan Edberg!" - but clearly it was a bit of a fluke.

The Freak
03-18-2007, 05:06 PM
Arazi yes, El Aynaoui's topspin backhand is a two-hander but it's such a shaky shot that he nearly always plays the slice instead, which ends up being quite effective at breaking up an opponent's rhythm. I remember once when he beat Nalbandian in Miami, he suddenly hit a gorgeous one-handed topspin backhand for a winner in the third set and a commentator said, "That looked like Stefan Edberg!" - but clearly it was a bit of a fluke.

Thanks again.:)

CooCooCachoo
03-18-2007, 05:08 PM
I agree with Sjengster, although I would maybe make the description of El Aynaoui a bit more nuanced. He wasn't all that big of a power player as I think you make him sound. He is not a Roddick or something.

soraya
03-18-2007, 07:09 PM
Arazi yes, El Aynaoui's topspin backhand is a two-hander but it's such a shaky shot that he nearly always plays the slice instead, which ends up being quite effective at breaking up an opponent's rhythm. I remember once when he beat Nalbandian in Miami, he suddenly hit a gorgeous one-handed topspin backhand for a winner in the third set and a commentator said, "That looked like Stefan Edberg!" - but clearly it was a bit of a fluke.

Point. especially the Arazi/Santoro comparison.