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Old 09-06-2010, 08:51 AM   #137
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Default Re: On The US Open 2010 Road

There is a good article about the smart game proposed by Arno against Fish here http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.co...-than-a-score/

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For Older Players, 30 Is More Than a Score

And what about Arnaud Clement and Patty Schnyder yesterday? Mardy Fish got all the glory for outlasting Clement in five sets on Armstrong. The home crowd chanted “Go Fish” and treated Clement like an intruder. But the small Frenchman played the far more fascinating game. The 32-year-old Clement, who has modeled himself on Andre Agassi, is a classic counter-puncher. And in recent years, he has had to adjust to the trials of aging by developing a more cunning style, full of spin and flair. He now molds shots, going inside out to set up a slicing, down-the-line backhand. Intent on saving energy and neutralizing more powerful opponents, he takes balls off the short hop, cutting down on the distance he needs to run, controlling the pace. Unlike Fish, he doesn’t have a killer serve. His serve spins in, deceptively. He’s got guile and touch on his side, producing more complex tactics than most younger men attempt these days.
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