28 April 2012
24 April 2012
Unfortunately the video we were originally embedding has been withdrawn in the meantime by youtube due to a copyright claim. This is why we had to look for another version of Jonathon Powers's extraordinary shot, that can be seen from 0:55 onwards in the below video:
this is the original video that has been withdrawn unfortunately:
15 April 2012
14 April 2012
Sometimes it's just wiser not to say a word. No way I could describe the complexity level of what is going on in the below rally. Long live Ramy and Nick.
13 April 2012
The other thing to note is how extremely Ramy bounces to prepare for his split-steps. You probably remember our post about the split-step, but to be honest I wouldn't recommend to many people to try to implement this boxer-kind of movement as it is very very demanding. It's part of Ramy's genius that his stamina is capable to deal with such a high rate cardiac investment, but for more ordinary people it is also possible to have an excellent split-step in a much more economical mode (best examples probably would be Gregory Gaultier, Peter Barker or Karim Darwish for this version).
05 April 2012
01 April 2012
Long quality rally between Hungarian champion Mark Krajcsak and Peter Barker at this year's Canary Wharf Classic, first round. Lots of variations, accelerations, decelerations, rhythm stuff, then breaking the rhythm and so on. Krajcsak (in red shirt) surprises Barker a few times - mostly at 1:32 with that lovely volley-boast - however it is interesting to note that whenever he is looking to gain advantage through sheer acceleration, he takes time away more from himself than from his higher ranked opponent - as for example at 1:00. Still, a very well constructed rally from both sides, even if Krajcsak was unlucky to find the tin after having forced the loose shot with that great volley-boast. To make a final point: I think this last shot was not only unlucky, it can also be analyzed from a psychological point of view: in general, when the underdog finds himself in a position where he has a chance to conclude, he rushes his execution, as he is fearing the recovering capacities of the favorite; whereas with a bit more cool, he might have hit that volley a touch later, with slightly less pace but more cut and precision, half killing-half fading it towards the back and the side-wall. Of course, easier said than done.