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re: Tennis Discussion Thread
Yeh, very straight forward for Murray. Simon obviously wasn't moving his best and the key for Murray was to keep his concentration which he managed to do which is good. His matches have all been pretty short so far and as well as Chardy is playing, I think Murray should come through that quite comfortably.
I wouldn't say all courts should be the same speed but slower courts match what is required for the modern day player. Players now should be all around athletes, they should be able to retrieve very well, be aggressive when they need to, serve well, volley well, basically be all rounder's. That's what the best players are because they've adapted to the court no matter which it is. They are obviously slower than they were a while ago but players should be able to work to play well on them.
It's not like the faster grass courts are unplayable to the more defensive player. In the past couple of years we've had Nadal and Djokovic as champions and Murray as a finalist, they've managed a faster courts despite not being as aggressive and powerful as say a Tsonga, so it should work the other way round too. Tennis is now having players at the top focused on being the very best athlete they can be. Most players at the top don't just 'grind' out wins with defensive play, they use variety which is what it's all about.
You see Djokovic, Nadal and Murray at the top and you clearly see the work they put into being that physical and it works, they beat the other players. It's obvious to me, that to be as good, other players must do the same. Forget about court speed, that's what's required.
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