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Alex Daniels replied to Tim Prapong's discussion 'Nadal withdraws from the London Olympics!!!'
"Well that sucks. I hope Roger gets the gold in place of Nadal. The singles gold medal is like the missing piece on Fed's resume."
Jul 21, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Chin Be's discussion 'Federer loses to Benneteau!'
"Would have been amazing if this had happened. Federer and Nadal both out of a grand slam within the first week."
Jul 1, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Mark / The Mayor's discussion 'Baker Beats Nieminen; Draw Parts Like Red Sea'
"His strength is definitely his return game. In general he has a very complete game and does everything at least moderately well. Good forehand, good backhand, pretty good serve, moves very well, and even has a decent net game. His weakness in my…"
Jun 30, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Tim Prapong's discussion 'Nadal's actual racquet shown and his specs!'
"Yes, they custom fit everything for the top pros. Even the grip which they use is specially designed for each player to prevent blistering."
Jun 30, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Mark / The Mayor's discussion 'Baker Beats Nieminen; Draw Parts Like Red Sea'
"Benoit Paire. Yes, I think he'll beat Brian Baker. Paire, has a heavier forehand than Baker. Maybe a better serve too. "
Jun 29, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Tim Prapong's discussion 'Nadal loses to Rosol at Wimbledon????'
"I had never even heard his name before the match. It's got to be the biggest upset of all time."
Jun 29, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Mark / The Mayor's discussion 'Baker Beats Nieminen; Draw Parts Like Red Sea'
"Paire, will down Baker. At least if he plays as well as he did against Dolgopolov."
Jun 29, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Tim Prapong's discussion 'Nadal postponing practice for Wimby!'
"It really doesn't seem like there's enough of a warm up for Wimbledon. The clay court season is two months long but grass gets shoved into four weeks."
Jun 23, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Chin Be's discussion 'Brian Baker into Wimbledon Main Draw!!!'
"Don't think that will happen. Tsonga, is on a completely different level than Baker."
Jun 23, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Tim Prapong's discussion 'Nalbandian facing assault charge on line umpire?'
"What a shame. I know he didn't mean to kick the linesman but that apology at the end of the match was pathetic."
Jun 21, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Chin Be's discussion 'Brian Baker into Wimbledon Main Draw!!!'
"It depends on the draw. He's definitely got a good clay game. Pretty good return game and a decent serve but I'm not sure how he'll transition to grass. It's doubtful that he's played much on that surface. So I don't…"
Jun 21, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to Tim Prapong's discussion '2012 French Open finals: Djokovic v. Nadal, Sharapova v. Errani'
"The majority was right. Nadal won his seventh French Open and Maria completed her grand slam."
Jun 11, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to CoachV - William Vazquez's discussion 'New Tech VS. Legacy ..... Old Man VS Young MAN..... DEREK D. VS COACHV Bronx Championships'
"A 6.0 on a bad day is still far better than a 5.0 player. A 6.0 has better fitness, experience, and weaponry than a 5.0.  "
Jun 8, 2012
Alex Daniels commented on TennisWithD's blog post 'Happy Mother's Day!'
"Interesting video. Olympic athletes have to go through extremely rigorous training and make sacrifices along the way to achieve their level of success. You have to be incredibly determined and crazy to be able to pursue that kind of career. I say…"
Jun 8, 2012
Alex Daniels commented on Tim Prapong's photo
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Swiss cowboy?

"Wonder how much he'd pay to have not had the picture taken?"
Jun 8, 2012
Alex Daniels replied to CoachV - William Vazquez's discussion 'New Tech VS. Legacy ..... Old Man VS Young MAN..... DEREK D. VS COACHV Bronx Championships'
"I should probably just stay out of this but I can't follow what's going on. CoachV, you say that you are a 5.0 and a 6.0? I'm sure that you realize the difference between these playing levels is huge. You can't be both. A 6.0…"
Jun 8, 2012

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Tennis Fan, Teaching Pro or Coach, Other
Favorite pro tennis player(s):
Anyone and everyone (except for Dani Koehler.)
My tennis skill (please check your NTRP if you know it):
NTRP 5.5
On the court, I am a:
rightie, singles player, all courter, tournament goer
Relationship status:
In a relationship, Who wants to know?
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Alex Daniels's Articles

How to become a great server

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 3:04am 4 Comments

This is a follow up, to my post on how to become a great returner. Most recreational players are enamored with the speed of fast serves. And I'll agree, it's fun to swing away on the first serve. But in terms of importance, it's consistency, placement and then power. Keep it in this order. Because you can't have a good serve without consistency.

I equate consistency with topspin. When you hit with topspin you are adding safety to your shot. With this in mind, it makes sense…

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Top 10 players I'd like to have a match with

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 2:46am 5 Comments

It's time for the next installment in my series. For those who don't know. This is where I pick an active player, who's playing style I find interesting and create a dream match scenario. Complete with court surface, strategy, and my reason behind why I'd want to have a match with them.

#9 Nicolas Almagro

Coming in ninth on my list is Nicolas Almagro.…

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Roddick vs Nadal the transformation

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 2:04am 2 Comments

I found something interesting at tenniswarehouse.com.  A thread on the Roddick vs Nadal 2004 US Open match. I was delighted to find a link to the highlights, because I've never seen the match before.

This was the first meeting between them. At the time Roddick was playing some of his best tennis and Nadal was years away from his prime, especially on the faster courts. Roddick destroys Nadal, then goes on to reach the quarter-finals where he lost an epic 5 set match to Joachim…

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