Bernard loving this result from his jail cell. :haha:
Disagree - his game works fine on normal modern grass court.Nothing special from Kukushkin, just solid grass court fundamentals.
Thanasi on the other hand, has a game which is ill-suited to grass court tennis.
With his top spin obsession, he tries to make the ball bounce high instead of seeking the advantage of making the ball skid through low.
He takes an eternity to wind up his shots instead of going with short back swings.
He tries to slide on grass instead of being nimble footed on the surface.
He stands 3 metres behind the baseline like it's a clay court where moonballing is the order of the day.
He takes no advantage of the only part of his game which is amenable to grass court tennis - his serve - to back it up with a volley.
Hewitt would have given Kukushkin a much better match than this, Groth with his serve and volleying would have troubled Kuku. I just don't understand choosing Kokk for this match personally.Probably that Hewitt is well and truly past it and Groth has a tendency to choke, having managed to lose each of his two dc matches to date.
His results on all sorts of grass haven't been much to write home about though.Disagree - his game works fine on normal modern grass court.
But this isn't that and didn't adapt tactics enough against peaking Kukushkin.
Have to admit that Groth's s&v probably would have been a better choice on this old style of court.
Interesting to hear Masur acknowledge that grass probably not the best choice for Oz any more though, as Kokk (and Tomic irrelevant as he now is!), possibly even Kyrgios are actually better on hard.
Hewitt definitely would have given it a better shake. If nothing else he would have made Kukushkin earn it.Hewitt would have given Kukushkin a much better match than this, Groth with his serve and volleying would have troubled Kuku. I just don't understand choosing Kokk for this match personally.