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With Djokovic in current scary form Murray has almost no chance to outplay, outhit or outgring him. He should probably forget about a tactical passive counter-punching style that brought him 2 Slams and start reconstructing his game making it ultra-aggressive in AO-12 semifinal fashion, but even more risky. When Murray won 2nd set in USO-14 1/4 clash vs Nole he was hitting blistering hard forehands, so is there any reason stopping Andy from playing more aggressive tennis considering that Murray looks like the most muscular guy in top 10?
 

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I'm not sure if Mandy remembers how to ballbash :shrug:
 

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Even if he doesn't it's never late to learn again:baby:
First he can fix his WTA second serve, and then he can rediscover a thing called "pace" on his FH side, and then he can worry about ballbashing.
 

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Given the fact that he's seemingly lost some physical conditioning compared to his peak, he could definitely benefit from integrating some tempered aggression into his game. The days of him relying on his outrageous defense to win big titles are gone - he simply can't do it match after match anymore. Ball bashing will never be his strategy, but he's certainly capable of more shotmaking than his predisposition produces. A more balanced approach between aggression and defense would definitely be beneficial at this stage of his career I feel.
 

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Given the fact that he's seemingly lost some physical conditioning compared to his peak, he could definitely benefit from integrating some tempered aggression into his game. The days of him relying on his outrageous defense to win big titles are gone - he simply can't do it match after match anymore. Ball bashing will never be his strategy, but he's certainly capable of more shotmaking than his predisposition produces. A more balanced approach between aggression and defense would definitely be beneficial at this stage of his career I feel.
It is interesting and strange that he's lost so much of his physical prowess even though he still looks in great shape. I wonder how much that surgery really affected him.
 

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Ball bashing will never be his strategy, but he's certainly capable of more shotmaking than his predisposition produces. A more balanced approach between aggression and defense would definitely be beneficial at this stage of his career I feel.
My constant refrain: has the ability, just doesn't tend to use it :(
 

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Djokovic carves up ballbashers even easier than he does other grinders.

So not really a tactical plan that'd pay off.
 

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He doesn't poccesses the power to play like a ballbasher. :shrug:
 

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Sure, he should abandon a gameplan focused on his strengths where he's almost peerless on tour (movement, defense, stamina...) and adopt a ball-striking based gameplan where there are dozens of players better than him... this suggestion from the same forum that criticizes Mauresmo's coaching skills to no end.
 

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He lost every match in 2014 against Nole trying these ball-bashing tactics.

I think he's figured out a "winning" pattern this year though... going hard into the forehand corner, getting a short down-the-line reply, and ripping a backhand cross court.

The only problem is Nole usually gets back into his backhand corner, floats back a desperate reply, and Murray fails to put away the smash or takes the mid-court forehand and dumps it into the net.
 

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Given the fact that he's seemingly lost some physical conditioning compared to his peak, he could definitely benefit from integrating some tempered aggression into his game. The days of him relying on his outrageous defense to win big titles are gone - he simply can't do it match after match anymore. Ball bashing will never be his strategy, but he's certainly capable of more shotmaking than his predisposition produces. A more balanced approach between aggression and defense would definitely be beneficial at this stage of his career I feel.
Well according to him, that's exactly what he's trying to accomplish. He's stated he wants to play with more variety like he did pre 2011 and not be so reliant on defence.
 

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Berdych said it in Miami, Murray is playing more aggressively this year, and that is why he has tied up their head to head.
 

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With Djokovic in current scary form Murray has almost no chance to outplay, outhit or outgring him. He should probably forget about a tactical passive counter-punching style that brought him 2 Slams and start reconstructing his game making it ultra-aggressive in AO-12 semifinal fashion, but even more risky. When Murray won 2nd set in USO-14 1/4 clash vs Nole he was hitting blistering hard forehands, so is there any reason stopping Andy from playing more aggressive tennis considering that Murray looks like the most muscular guy in top 10?
Andy was outplaying Djokovic in the first two sets in Miami. The only reason he didn't easily win the first set, and therefore the match, was because he gave away two of his servive games with some shaky play. The sun didn't exactly help his serve.

Andy's entire game is superior to ballbashing so it wouldn't help at all.
 

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Murray trying to be super aggressive is usually a bit of a horror show due to his low net clearance and reluctance to repeat a failed tactic.
 

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With Djokovic in current scary form Murray has almost no chance to outplay, outhit or outgring him. He should probably forget about a tactical passive counter-punching style that brought him 2 Slams and start reconstructing his game making it ultra-aggressive in AO-12 semifinal fashion, but even more risky. When Murray won 2nd set in USO-14 1/4 clash vs Nole he was hitting blistering hard forehands, so is there any reason stopping Andy from playing more aggressive tennis considering that Murray looks like the most muscular guy in top 10?
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How would it help Andy?
 

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Murray is a class above the Wawrinkas and Berdychs of this world. Why on earth would he want to become one of them?
 
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