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May 27Liked by Hugh Clarke

Hugh, I thought I had read that Federer was left eye dominant. For those that focus on this, that is supposedly the reason his head is so turned on contact with his right handed forehand. In other words, he is right handed with a left dominant eye, an unusual occurrence. Alcaraz seems to have the same forehand head position, but I have never read about his eye dominance.

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May 27Liked by Hugh Clarke

I agree with you Jonathan. My observation has always been that left eye dominant folks generally tend to have more natural forehands while right eye dominant players tend to have more natural backhands.

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You are both correct! Unforced error on my behalf. I've corrected on the site. Thanks for that fellas.

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May 27Liked by Hugh Clarke

Hello Hugh. Just one error I believe you made in your post. I believe Federer (and Alcaraz) are most likely left eye dominant (not right eye like you’ve stated).

This helps them with their forehand since they don’t have to open up early like djokovic would do.

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Thanks Dan - terrible unforced error on my end! I have corrected on the site.

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May 27Liked by Hugh Clarke

If Carlos can play into form and let himself swing free (all accounts are his arm is fine but that he's nervous about it), it's possible that this reserved version of Carlos could make him a better player. What made him great at Wimbeldon last year was his ability to play within himself. He was selective when he unloaded on the forehand. JJ Wolf was GOD AWFUL yesterday, but I was pleased to see Carlos play the percentages, hit with margin and place emphasis on the backhand line, which seems to really have improved.

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I was thinking along the same lines yesterday - he does not need to blast as many forehands as he likes to; therefore, if he dials down the power a bit, he could actually be more effective in many settings by reducing UFEs and focusing on control and accuracy. Last year versus Novak in RG he was actually outplaying himself by trying to overpower the Djokovic forehand and then getting pushed back and wide by stable redirects.

Injury / health status is always hard to assess from the outside, but right now his forehand does not worry me as much as his handling of deep feet-height balls (and, sometimes, backhand height / depth control). Will have to wait and see how comfortable he plays the following match(es)

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May 27Liked by Hugh Clarke

Unrelated, I like Ruud as a real value bet to win the FO. He is the oddsmakers 6th favorite to win the tournament. His forehand is a clay court marvel, with his top of the food chain rpm's. It seems like he is never going to miss it. And he is extremely fit and primed for what we all know is necessary to win this tournament.

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