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Stepanek: an old-fashioned player in more ways than one

Sjengster
02-26-2006, 06:32 PM
Not only does he bear a certain resemblance to Lendl, not only does he tuck his shirt in, not only does he hit a forehand that probably hasn't been taught by tennis coaches since at least the 1980s, but he is one of the few players out there whose best surfaces seem to be clay and indoors. Here are some results from last year:


Milan, Italy
International Series, 31-Jan-05, I, Carpet , Draw: 32

R32 Bracciali, Daniele (ITA ) 93 7-6(3) 6-4
R16 Karlovic, Ivo (CRO ) 117 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(5)
Q Schuettler, Rainer (GER ) 64 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3
S Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO ) 15 6-4 6-2
F Soderling, Robin (SWE ) 117 3-6 7-6(2) 6-7(5)

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
International Series Gold, 14-Feb-05, I, Hard , Draw: 32

R32 Nalbandian, David (ARG ) 15 6-2 4-6 6-1
R16 Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP ) 55 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3
Q Johansson, Thomas (SWE ) 21 2-6 6-7(5)

Barcelona, Spain
International Series Gold, 18-Apr-05, O, Clay , Draw: 56

R64 Labadze, Irakli (GEO ) 93 4-6 6-2 7-5
R32 Ventura, Santiago (ESP ) 73 6-3 6-2
R16 Canas, Guillermo (ARG ) 18 6-7(6) 7-6(2) 7-6(5)
Q Wawrinka, Stanislas (SUI ) 120 3-6 6-3 6-2
S Nadal, Rafael (ESP ) 2 5-7 2-6

ATP Masters Series Rome, Italy
Tennis Masters Series, 2-May-05, O, Clay , Draw: 64

R64 Ancic, Mario (CRO ) 17 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3
R32 Chela, Juan Ignacio (ARG ) 35 6-4 4-6 6-1
R16 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP ) 93 4-6 6-4 6-2
Q Nadal, Rafael (ESP ) 2 7-5 1-6 1-6

Roland Garros, France
Grand Slam, 23-May-05, O, Clay , Draw: 128

R128 Srichaphan, Paradorn (THA ) 48 3-6 6-3 6-1 6-1
R64 Serra, Florent (FRA ) 165 6-3 6-4 6-1
R32 Grosjean, Sebastien (FRA ) 38 1-6 6-4 6-3 3-6 4-6

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
International Series, 26-Sep-05, I, Carpet , Draw: 32

R32 Lee, Hyung-Taik (KOR ) 90 7-6(3) 6-1
R16 Vico, Uros (ITA ) 167 6-2 6-1
Q Monaco, Juan (ARG ) 71 6-3 6-4
S Johansson, Thomas (SWE ) 16 7-5 6-4
F Bjorkman, Jonas (SWE ) 81 3-6 6-7(4)

Vienna, Austria
International Series Gold, 10-Oct-05, I, Hard , Draw: 32

R32 Horna, Luis (PER ) 66 6-7(2) 6-0 6-3
R16 Henman, Tim (GBR ) 35 6-7(2) 7-6(3) 6-1
Q Lopez, Feliciano (ESP ) 30 7-6(10) 7-6(5)
S Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP ) 16 6-7(3) 3-6

ATP Masters Series Madrid, Spain
Tennis Masters Series, 17-Oct-05, I, Hard , Draw: 48

R64 Bye, () N/A
R32 Henman, Tim (GBR ) 33 6-4 1-6 6-3
R16 Acasuso, Jose (ARG ) 44 7-6(3) 4-6 7-6(5)
Q Nadal, Rafael (ESP ) 2 6-7(11) 4-6

ATP Masters Series Paris, France
Tennis Masters Series, 31-Oct-05, I, Carpet , Draw: 48

R64 Bye, () 0
R32 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP ) 32 7-5 6-2
R16 Mathieu, Paul-Henri (FRA ) 50 7-5 6-4
Q Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS ) 7 7-5 6-4
S Berdych, Tomas (CZE ) 44 1-6 6-3 3-6


He did make a SF at Sydney and QF at Tokyo last year, plus SF at Queens, but most of his points come from clay and indoor courts. I suppose he has the sort of game that can translate well to both surfaces: serve and volley and slice and dice for indoor events, and good dropshots, court awareness and movement on clay. Indoors is certainly where he has had his biggest success, however.

gusman890
02-26-2006, 06:40 PM
yeahh a Final and SF at paris two years running, the guy likes fast courts.

and now he has a title he can call his own =)

Neely
02-26-2006, 06:52 PM
Stepanek's serve loses too much effectivity when he isn't playing under a roof. He's capabable of playing well on clay too and will get results there but won't win (hardly) over good or above average players on clay too often (which he is capable to do indoors).

Deivid23
02-26-2006, 09:11 PM
Stepanek's serve loses too much effectivity when he isn't playing under a roof. He's capabable of playing well on clay too and will get results there but won't win (hardly) over good or above average players on clay too often (which he is capable to do indoors).

Ditto.

PD: U forgot to say he´s a fucking jerk, Sjeng ;)

Peoples
02-27-2006, 12:13 AM
Ditto.

PD: U forgot to say he´s a fucking jerk, Sjeng ;)
WTF :rolleyes: Radek is a nice polite young gentleman.