I put Schrichipan, Roddick, blake, Gonzalez and a few others all in the same category. They hit big but haven't yet figured out how to play tennis.
Let's not forget Roddick was number 1. Although your point still stands. And quite tall actually.
Agassi's game is probably the most mature developed game on tour right now, his biggest weapon is between his ears.
Agassi is the very personification of high percentage tennis. He's like a disciplined blackjack player strictly playing the odds, whereas fools all around him are betting on gut instinct. Yeah.
There was kind of a unspoken rule that tennis players don't play after age 30 but now we're seeing guys stay out there longer. And allot of guys are winning the very first titles at the age of 30 and over. The reason is because their games have matured and their playing smarter tennis.
Let's not forget that in the 80's there was Connors, and in the 70's Ken Rosewall. Yeah, the age is a big thing but mostly because there's no true off season, and most pros start playing professional ball in their teens. After 10 or 12 years of playing almost every day year round, yeah, you're probably ready to retire. Agassi took a few years off, that helped save him. What I'm getting at is I don't think there's something about being 30 in tennis that's intrinsically disadvantageous to the pro tennis player the same way being 20 might be a hindrance in high level female gymnastics.
Arthur has arguably the nastiest lefty serve in tennis, and that certainly didn't hurt his recent success.
That's what makes Federer so good, he's in his early 20's yet his game is amazingly mature. Federer rarely goes for more than he has to to win a point.
I'm not so sure I agree with this. He doesn't go for a lot for Federer
, but if it were a lesser player going for the shots that Roger makes look routine, we would think they were playing recklessly. He looks like he's playing more mature than he really is because he's always so calm and he's so damn good. You sit there and watch him and say "oh, that's all you have to do... just prepare early, be in the right spot, and hit the passing shot..." but looks are deceiving. What he does is incredibly difficult even for other pros.
About his calmness, look at any picture of Federer hitting a shot. Other pros are grimacing, looking like they're taking the biggest dump of their live, and Federer looks calm like he's petting a puppy. I've never seen anything like it.
Nadal is another one, the reason people expect such great things from him is because most 18yo don't have games that are that developed, he has a very mature game.
I think his shot making is developed, but I don't know if I would consider his game mature. In the matches I've seen he's just simply hit his opponents off the clay court.
In my opinion I don't think we will see safin at his best until he gets a little older. He's game isn't mature enough to challenge Federer regularly although it is close. I think as these guys get older their games will mature and they will play smarter and might win more.
I agree. Safin needs to mature. Mostly, I think his attitude needs to be more mature. But, yeah, he could definitely play more disciplined tennis. He's got a powerful gun, he just needs to learn to aim it better.