The Modern "Pusher"
This point of view has probably been stated multiple times on the board, but I think it deserves a thread of its own.
I don't think it's a coincidence that the likes of Wozniacki, Radwanska, Kerber and Errani (and to some extent Azarenka) have all risen to the top of the game in this generation. The common line of thought about Radwanska is that she is a genius with a racket who is unfortunately too underpowered to be more than a spoiler, and that she would no doubt have already reached number one and be a perennial slam contender, say in the 70s, 80s, or 90s.
I would argue that this era of tennis is in fact, uniquely suited for her (and other similar players):
- Power: Radwanska's key offensive strategy is to deflect pace and keep the ball deep. This is made possible by the immense power afforded her opponents by modern racket technology.
- Yet, she is not liable to being completely overpowered because of the slower surfaces that allow her to retrieve (her main strategy is ultimately defensive).
- The focus on power instead of control or point construction is what allows her to vulture UEs while attacking opportunistically.
- Players like Cetkovska, who were a dime a dozen in the past, routinely eat Radwanksa up for lunch.
- String technology: Easy topspin for Wozniacki and Errani.
To be added on, as we think of more.
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met./All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;/'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.'
Love long has taken for his amulet/One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet/One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get/One perfect rose.