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Old 01-03-2013, 02:59 AM   #16
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Let's see how he handles the pressure of a breaker
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I kind of agree with Smokey that from a technical standpoint, the backhand is better. The preparation being the main point here. The forehand has slight stability issues.

From an execution standpoint, he has no major problems on either wing. He's blasting winners very handily.
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He got tight there, which isn't surprising. Let's see how he responds now.
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I kind of agree with Smokey that from a technical standpoint, the backhand is better. The preparation being the main point here. The forehand has slight stability issues.

From an execution standpoint, he has no major problems on either wing. He's blasting winners very handily.
I feel like that's a common thing. From my personal experience my backhand is very technical, had to take a lot of hours worth of lessons to get it right, whereas my forehand I just figured out from hitting it a lot, so I personally can do it very well, it just doesn't look technical.
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I kind of agree with Smokey that from a technical standpoint, the backhand is better. The preparation being the main point here. The forehand has slight stability issues.

From an execution standpoint, he has no major problems on either wing. He's blasting winners very handily.
Yeah, maybe you're right. His backhand cross-court is very good, better than down the middle (tends to sail long).
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Yeah, maybe you're right. His backhand cross-court is very good, better than down the middle (tends to sail long).
yeah DTL is more inconsistent
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yeah DTL is more inconsistent
Thats common in tennis. DTL is highest part of the net, and more footwork is required to close the body, and there's more timing required.
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Thats common in tennis. DTL is highest part of the net, and more footwork is required to close the body, and there's more timing required.
Yeah I know. But even when he is just hitting up the line as a rally shot without that much pace he is missing too often, whereas even when he is really going after it cross court he doesn't miss it much.
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Looks a prospect for sure. You guys have dissected his game pretty thoroughly so I won't bother repeating it. Obviously the one thing that stands out is the serve, especially for a 16 year old kid. Might go and watch some of his matches in AO qualies to see how he plays in a quieter sort of environment. It's easy to be motivated and play your best tennis when you're playing on a big court in a huge stadium rather than grinding it out on court 15 against a seasoned campaigner...
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Looks a prospect for sure. You guys have dissected his game pretty thoroughly so I won't bother repeating it. Obviously the one thing that stands out is the serve, especially for a 16 year old kid. Might go and watch some of his matches in AO qualies to see how he plays in a quieter sort of environment. It's easy to be motivated and play your best tennis when you're playing on a big court in a huge stadium rather than grinding it out on court 15 against a seasoned campaigner...
Agreed. He was definitely playing on adrenaline for a good part of the first set.

Nando is letting him hang around.
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7-6 6-3 Good effort.
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Good match from The Kokk. Amazing experience to have so early in one's career. Hope he can have a successful Aussie summer and keep developing as the season goes on.
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Looks a prospect for sure. You guys have dissected his game pretty thoroughly so I won't bother repeating it. Obviously the one thing that stands out is the serve, especially for a 16 year old kid. Might go and watch some of his matches in AO qualies to see how he plays in a quieter sort of environment. It's easy to be motivated and play your best tennis when you're playing on a big court in a huge stadium rather than grinding it out on court 15 against a seasoned campaigner...
Between Kokkinakis and Kyrgios, who impresses you the most? I saw a little bit of Kyrgios (Jr. Wimbledon), he seemed more like an all-court player than Kokkinakis (but that is based on one match though).
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He's obviously got time on his side, but he mustn't use that as an excuse not to keep working very hard. This is genuinely somebody who could be at least playing challengers full time by their 18th birthday, which is so unusual in the modern game. That's obviously assuming he keeps this up and improves on the futures circuit.
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