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[Blog] Why the upcoming clay season is vital - The Continental Grip
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[Blog] Why the upcoming clay season is vital - The Continental Grip
Why the upcoming clay season is vital

The clay season looks intriguing after having seen the first quarter of the year. Many prominent players and dormant youngsters will look to emerge on top in a field featuring cut-throat competition. Rafael Nadal needs his first title now, Djokovic and Murray need to come back to playing decent tennis and certain others like Dominic Thiem will want to prove a point.

This season can make or break Rafa

Rafa has returned to playing decent tennis. He has reached three finals in 2017 and has been bettered only by Roger who has miraculously deciphered a way to beat him after a decade of struggle. Rafa has played better than everyone else. The only thing probably holding him back is his current inability to play an aggressive game. He plays best when his game is more balanced and has a touch of aggression. He knows it and probably also knows that his subdued confidence might be the issue here. And it is this state of mind that is making him hit a lot more passively in the rallies in the big matches. The good news for him and the Rafans is that the clay season is here and it always brings out the best out of Rafa...

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13-Apr-2017 09:27 AM
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RE: [Blog] Why the upcoming clay season is vital - The Continental Grip
Good summation of the main players in the upcoming clay drama.

I would add another layer, which is we're seeing a sea change in the second tier. Which Stan will show up? Will Berdych turn things around? Can Tsonga return to his strong form from earlier in this year? Will we see anything from Cilic? Will del Potro continue to improve? Can fast-fading Ferrer stall the inevitable and have one more good clay season? What about perennial disappointments Raonic, Nishikori, and Dimitrov? Are Kyrgios and Zverev ready to win a big title (Masters)?

None of these have quite the high drama and sense of importance as the players you mention, but it seems like clay season could be important for a number of these players.
13-Apr-2017 04:59 PM
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RE: [Blog] Why the upcoming clay season is vital - The Continental Grip
(13-Apr-2017 04:59 PM)El Dude Wrote:  Good summation of the main players in the upcoming clay drama.

I would add another layer, which is we're seeing a sea change in the second tier. Which Stan will show up? Will Berdych turn things around? Can Tsonga return to his strong form from earlier in this year? Will we see anything from Cilic? Will del Potro continue to improve? Can fast-fading Ferrer stall the inevitable and have one more good clay season? What about perennial disappointments Raonic, Nishikori, and Dimitrov? Are Kyrgios and Zverev ready to win a big title (Masters)?

None of these have quite the high drama and sense of importance as the players you mention, but it seems like clay season could be important for a number of these players.

Thanks for your inputs. I have written only a summary of the best contenders for the masters and the grand slam that people must watch out for. It's only a superficial article for the casual reader.

13-Apr-2017 10:12 PM
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