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Who is this? Hint: Actress.

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Oh, thanks so much for covering up.

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Unseen Photos: Brando Prepares for His First Film.

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Black Parents Shocked to Give Birth to White Baby Girl.

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See Lindsay Lohan’s Depressing Jail Cell.

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Possible explanation to Soderling’s anger at recent losses – Wimbledon / Bastad…..

Posted by tennisplanet on July 20, 2010

It’s a syndrome that usually sits on the shoulder of most defending champions. Have a clue? No, you don’t!!!!!!!

Soldering has progressively improved his showing on the tour catapulting him as a Slam contender nearly overnight. His career high No. 5 ranking right behind the big four is a good reflection of his recent efforts. Just last year he was ranked as low as No. 26. He started this season at No. 8. Besides, he has reached three (OK two, Geeeezzz!!!) Slam finals. Before reaching the finals at Roland Garros last year, Soderling was eliminated in the second or the third round at ALL previous majors. But since then he not only made it to another final at Roland Garros this season, he has reached the quarters of all others with AO the only exception (opening round).

Additionally, the ONLY two players he has lost to in the majors since his first FO finals last year have been Nadal and Federer. AO being the only exception. While on this run, he has defeated Nadal, Federer, Davydenko, Berdych, Cilic among others – mind you this is only at the majors now.

That is quite a steep rise for a guy who was ranked as low as 59 just two years ago. With this rise comes expectations – not just from your own psyche but from fans and pundits too. But along with all that flows another juice just to test your mettle. It’s that feeling within you that takes all this brilliance and adds two and two resulting in an automatic and ‘taken for granted’ progression to the next step. Did you get that? No, you didn’t!!!!!!!!!!!!

The next step may have some roots in what you have done in the past but that’s not the ‘end all’. There are a host of other factors you have to rein in before reaching the next notch on the rope. These factors outweigh and out-muscle what you have achieved in the past so dramatically that relying on them disproportionately to expect a northward journey will not only result in massive disappointment it will actually force you to take two steps back past the frontier you have already conquered.

All that gets even more magnified and exacerbated when you are talking about moving from No. 5 to No 4 compared to the far easier jump from say No. 20 to No. 12 – under near-similar conditions. This is typically also the time when your appreciation of current and former greats of the game gets massively heightened – as knowledge of the intricacies and subtle stages their journey to the top entailed reveals itself to you through this painful process.

Soderling now expects to make a break through just because he did this or that in the last few months failing to recognize the ceiling which now demands a tweaking of a highly intangible kind instead of the very real backhand or forehand Xs and Os which got him thus far. If he fails to recognize the price he has to pay – in a hurry – and continues to demand the booty without commensurate effort he will become just another stat.

BTW this is what most defending champions at ANY endeavor face making the effort to repeat back to back ANYWHERE that much more difficult.

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ATLANTA- JULY 19: John Isner and James Blake

ATLANTA- JULY 19: Mardy Fish returns backhand

ATLANTA- JULY 19: John Isner

ATLANTA- JULY 19: Mardy Fish serves

ATLANTA- JULY 19: Bejamin Becker

If eyes get any closer shouldn’t he be locked up in the zoo? Geeeeeezzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!

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Is this for freaking real? Or is this that ‘Honey, I shrunk…’ BS? Geeezzzzz!!!!!

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Andy Murray beginning his US Open preparation at the Atlantis resort in Nassau, with Kim Sears. From Stella. Thanks.

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Andy Murray holidayLounging around: Andy Murray plays on his Nintendo DS as girlfriend Kim Sears reads her book on holiday in the Bahamas

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Andy Murray beginning his US Open preparation at the Atlantis resort in Nassau, with Kim Sears.

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Phil on Federer’s grip / wrist problems. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on July 20, 2010


I might be in the minority here, but I reject the whole “his wrist fell apart because he’s so tall and hits so hard” theory. Delpo’s current situation is entirely his own fault. He had wrist problems after the US Open last year, and NEVER let it heal fully before playing again. He kept taking short breaks, letting the wrist rest for a few weeks, but it never was 100%. Wrist problems are fairly common for tennis players, and the solution is always to let it heal the second it starts. He didn’t, so this surgery was, in my opinion, preventable, and has nothing to do with his “brute power.”


Interesting points about Fed’s grip and I bow to your expert knowledge on this, Phil. I agree about the careful scheduling, but as I recall, he played far more smaller tourneys when he was younger which would make sense as a young, ambitious player on the rise.. It would be interesting to back-track to say 1999/2000/2001/2002. Possibly our colleague Sergeant, or anyone else may find this of interest if they have time :-)


Well obviously his careful scheduling plays a large part, but I think it also has to do with his grip. I believe he uses more of an Eastern grip on his forehand, and he uses extreme “whip” on his wrist to get the top spin he needs. The impact is less strenuous and easier on the wrist than doing the same thing with a Western grip, which almost everyone else uses on the forehand side. (Actually, as far as I know Fed is the only one using this grip at the moment, at least of the top guys).

True, he did play much more when he was younger. He has been lucky on the whole.


Very few people have pointed this out, but Federer’s grip is actually insanely difficult to play with in today’s game. I’ve tried to emulate it, and when you time it just right the ball really does fly beautifully, but the timing required to do so consistently is inhuman. The more traditional Western forehand is much more forgiving. This is why, when Fed is playing poorly, he frames a ton of balls, because there really isn’t that much margin for error on his shots.

At first I thought I was just not good enough to play with a grip like that, but after talking to many coaches and kids playing elite juniors, it is apparently just insanely difficult. It’s a shame that such a technical marvel isn’t highlighted by commentators more often.


Great observations Phil. I use the semi-western forehand grip on a Wilson N-Code N Tour 85 simply because it seems more natural to me. No strain on the wrist. You are right about shanking forehands with this grip when the timing is off; especially with a smaller frame. I used to wonder why that happened, now I know. The only time I switch to eastern is when taking a high-looping ball on the half-volley near the baseline. Again, this is because it seems to be the best suited grip to effectively get the ball back in play.


No worries Jenny. I think it’s good to get into the technical details sometimes. It just gives one a greater depth of appreciation for what these guys do.

@Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi…Yeah it’s especially difficult with a heavy, small frame like that. Your timing just needs to be superb every time or you’ll shank the ball into the stands on a regular basis. It’s funny, but Fed seems to make his life as difficult as possible (small frame, difficult grip), but still makes it look so easy.

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Soderling disappointed, angry after Bastad loss. From Blake. Thanks.

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“I See Your True Colours Shining Through….”

from’s Ticker:

Soderling disappointed, angry after Bastad loss

Local favorite and defending champion Robin Soderling exited Bastad upset and angry after losing the final on Sunday. The Swedish No. 1 refused to acknowledge the umpire after the match or congratulate his victorious opponent Nicolas Almagro in his post-match speech, and he left the court before the trophy ceremony was over.

Swedish press reported that Soderling appeared to be close to tears. “I was so incredibly disappointed,” he said.

Soderling received a warning for smashing his racquet after losing the first set and got a point penalty for the same offense in the last game of the match.

“I bounced the racquet and caught it twice,” Soderling said. “If you’re supposed to give warnings and point penalties for such things, it would be 10 warnings in every match.”

And you wonder why Rafa fans (on the majority) hate Robin Soderling? Here’s a clue: It’s not just because of what happened at the 2009 French Open

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