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Currently watching Nadal vs Lajovic and this is the most bored I've been with tennis ever. It's just so damn boring. People who like clay and are currently watching Nadal vs Lajovic, what in this game is exciting you? What am I overlooking?

I wish we would have some grass tournaments this season :(
 

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I agree. it is so slow and the ball bounces the highest. It is like every player is playing like Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.
 
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I too prefer surfaces that reward the attacking player. Clay is not one of them. For me it's the most boring part of the tennis calendar and always has been.

That said, this year Rome is even more boring than usual and I don't think it's because of the lack of crowd. So many matches of shitty quality, it's really quite amazing.
 

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Currently watching Nadal vs Lajovic and this is the most bored I've been with tennis ever. It's just so damn boring. People who like clay and are currently watching Nadal vs Lajovic, what in this game is exciting you? What am I overlooking?

I wish we would have some grass tournaments this season :(
If you dont like Rafa and or clay why watch it? I dont like Opera and if its on a given channel i change it as fast as i can.
 

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Would be less so if more than 3 players could play worth a damn on it
In '90s there were so many clay specialists, not this era anymore. They cannot dictate with their FH, cannot volley on it, just even cannot move/slide on it properly.
It's a conditioning thing clearly

Better than no tennis at all due to COVID. Be thankful.
You have become so stale as Master Yoda, mate
 

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The King of Clay happens to be the most exciting player ever. He has:

  • totally unique playing style
  • explosive movement
  • intensive top spin forehand
  • rock solid backhand
  • fiery body language, fist pumps and face expressions
  • fighting spirit and clutchness
  • warrior appearance
  • no matter the round, his matches are certain to impress and entertain

And all of that is by far the most evident on clay. Which means that clay enables highly entertaining tennis.
 

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I love clay, love the diversity of surfaces. To see who can adapt and play well and better despite the challenges. That is part of being great. Not just botting on a fast court. Clay rewards actual point construction and moving the opponent out of position and angles and drops, not just botting

btw, Nadal-Lajovic would always be like this, why not watch Schwartzman-Hurkacz? Very tense match right now
 

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Depends on the players. Actually Challenger matches on clay are fun cause there's less discipline and tactics.

And I gotta say watching Schwartzman vs Millman yesterday was the most boring shit ever. I'd rather watch paint dry than watch this again.
 

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I love clay, love the diversity of surfaces. To see who can adapt and play well and better despite the challenges. That is part of being great. Not just botting on a fast court. Clay rewards actual point construction and moving the opponent out of position and angles and drops, not just botting

btw, Nadal-Lajovic would always be like this, why not watch Schwartzman-Hurkacz? Very tense match right now
Agreed. I used to hate clay, but over the years I have really come to enjoy the amount of tactical play that is required to consistently win points on it.

One of the big reasons that the big 3 are so good on clay is not just because of their shot making, but because they are among the best at constructing points. Very rarely do they play the wrong shot at the wrong time (though Nole can get a little too drop shot happy sometimes).
 

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I like clay, but out of the better clay players, a lot are not exactly in-form right now (Fognini, Tsitsipas, Wawrinka for example). Combine that with Covid-break, a general decrease in tennis level of most players and this is what we get..

At least we could enjoy Musetti-Nishikori, Musetti-Wawrinka, those were the highlights for me so far.
Maybe should give Ruud a look since he can be also fun to watch on clay.
 

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Go Watch Something Else Then
 

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I find clay extremely entertaining, what we lack right now are good all-around players, which wasn't the case, let's say, 10 years ago? A lot of the top guys are clueless if they can't leech points off winners. I mean, old man and hiprray making semis in Paris are a statement about the current clay scene.

Dominic is the one real exception IMO due to his playstyle being tailor-made for the surface. But he's way too hot & cold to consistently win across the board.
 

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I like clay. And I’m really pissed at federer for skipping it 2 years in a row Without any relevant reason. He has shown last year that he can play on it. I also think Federer‘s Game looks best clay while Nadal‘s looks best on grass. It’s true that many matches don’t look all that great and are dominated by errors and pushing but that’s on the players who don’t know how to have a attacking gameplan on Clay.

It’s really nadal‘s dominance that bothers me. Especially because usually when he has a bad day, djokovic is there for the taking.
 
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