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Forum: General Player Talk 11-12-2010, 10:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,605
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Forehand Slice

Yeah, it's good for me as my topspin forehand sits up at the best of time and I just can't get the penetration on some of those low balls as I'm lunging forward so the slice is useful.

I got into...
Forum: General Player Talk 11-12-2010, 10:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,633
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Worst injury you've had?

I've been lucky with injuries but the body is starting to creak more as I get older! The only issue I've had was a sore back for the last year or so, I have considerable back bend on the serve which...
Forum: General Player Talk 11-12-2010, 10:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,204
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: What do you do for fitness?

Yeah, as the guys have said speed, endurance and core work are your friends here. I got lazy over the past couple of years and stopped working on my fitness outside tennis and it's hurt my movement...
Forum: General Player Talk 11-12-2010, 10:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,622
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Why do I like tennis?

It's a great question. I think the variety of the game really draws me in, there are just so many ways to play and I don't think I've ever played two matches in the same way. Physically speaking...
Forum: General Player Talk 11-12-2010, 09:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,896
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Do you find yourself unconsciously emulating shots of pros?

Less so these days than I used to, perhaps because I don't the time to watch as much tennis anymore.

Saying that have had a few problems with the serve this year, my motion's fallen a bit out of...
Forum: General Player Talk 11-12-2010, 09:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,580
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Question about wrist movement during serve

Snapping your wrist downwards will lead to more power and spin, it's a good way to go so long as you're keeping control of it and it feels natural.
Forum: General Player Talk 11-12-2010, 09:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,605
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Forehand Slice

Forehand slice is the shot of kings. I use it less these days than I used to but it's great for when you get pulled off court like you say.

I also sometimes use it as an approach shot when I'm...
Forum: General Messages 06-03-2010, 11:09 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 16,200
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Melzer defeats Djokovic 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-4

Great stuff from Melzer and having a grand slam semi on his CV will make much sweeter reading at the end of his career. The backhand dropshots and vicious forehands down the line were great to watch.
Forum: General Messages 06-03-2010, 11:05 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 10,930
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: WWW Berdych vs. Soderling RG SF

Soderling too solid off the ground for Berdych, I feel. Should be a good match though.
Forum: General Messages 06-03-2010, 10:57 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 8,088
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: WWW: Nadal vs Melzer RG 1/2

It will be an interesting matchup in that Nadal's bread and butter crosscourt forehand will fall right into Melzer's hitting zone for his standout shot of this tournament - the forehand down the...
Forum: General Messages 12-01-2009, 10:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,524
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Poll: Will history be kinder to Henman than Murray?

Haha, nice exchange there and not far from the truth.
Forum: General Messages 12-01-2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,451
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Who is better: Tommy Haas or David Nalbandian ?

I love Tommy's game and think he could have competed against the best in any era. Nalbandian has slightly better results but that's all for me really, Haas is the more talented player.
Forum: General Messages 12-01-2009, 01:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,524
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Poll: Will history be kinder to Henman than Murray?

Henman played in a mentally tough era, I hope people will remember that when noting his achievements (or lack of). There's no getting around the fact he was a bottler though.

Murray has achieved...
Forum: General Messages 11-30-2009, 01:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,732
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: London World Tour Finals ... big crowds... players perform... a success...?

Yeah, it was good, and I'm looking forward to attending next year.

I wish it was covered by a major channel here though. The BBC only showed the opening match, the first semi-final and the final. If...
Forum: General Messages 11-29-2009, 11:30 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 21,135
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: London SF: Davydenko def. Federer 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Not sure what to make of this handshake-gate!

I thought it seemed quite cold when watching it live but re-watching it, it seems like a regular handshake really so I'm not sure what the fuss is...
Forum: General Messages 11-29-2009, 09:07 PM
Replies: 257
Views: 13,539
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: London F: Davydenko def. del Potro 6-3 6-4

Not a huge fan of Davydenko's game, but good to see him get some more deserved recognition.
Forum: General Messages 11-29-2009, 09:03 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,543
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Whose service motion did you like the best from the 90s big-serve-generation?

Definitely Pete for me - poetry in motion.

As for the argument about today's players having better serves than their 90s equivalents, you have to be joking. What variety do we see on the first serve...
Forum: General Messages 11-25-2009, 03:57 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 13,038
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: London RR: Soderking swats away Djokovic 7-6(5) 6-1

New favourite for the tournament ;)
Forum: General Messages 11-25-2009, 02:25 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 16,980
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: London RR: Federer outclasses Murray 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Plenty of bait for Clydey to sink his teeth into.
Forum: General Messages 11-25-2009, 11:07 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,950
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Andy Murray - a Technical discussion and his chances of Major success in 2010

You're right, Federer's serving was much more effective. Hopefully with experience Murray will use his serve more intelligently, he has solid enough technique and it could become a dominant weapon...
Forum: General Messages 11-25-2009, 10:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,508
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Interesting stat...Federer vs. Chang

Federer and Rosset are 2-2.
Forum: General Messages 11-25-2009, 10:17 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 16,980
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: London RR: Federer outclasses Murray 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Federer has a strong claim for best slice on tour, who is better in this area?

Last night's result had everything to do with Federer's slice. Any time Murray got a foothold in a rally Federer was...
Forum: General Messages 11-25-2009, 09:53 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,950
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: Andy Murray - a Technical discussion and his chances of Major success in 2010

Murray needs to work a LOT on hitting down the line in the off-season. He seems to have lost all confidence in his backhand down the line which used to be his signature shot, and he hardly ever hits...
Forum: General Messages 11-25-2009, 09:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,814
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: WWW: London RR Federer vs. JM Del Potro

Federer will get revenge, he has all the tools to beat Del Potro comfortably as we know.

If Del Potro hits his spots he can cause Federer problems, but I just don't think the Argentinian is in that...
Forum: General Messages 11-25-2009, 09:43 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 16,980
Posted By Bernard Black
Re: London RR: Federer outclasses Murray 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Took Federer a while to get out of the blocks but once he did, there was no stopping him. Even though I was supporting Murray you just have to doff your cap to amazing tennis like that.

Great to see...
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