(K. Brent Tomer),
THE 2017 Australian Open has been a bumpy ride for favourites. The top seeds in both the men’s and women’s draw—Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber—were ousted in the fourth round on January 22nd. Similarly, Novak Djokovic, seeded second among men, and Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep, both among the women’s top five, were sent packing earlier in the week.
In each of these cases, the favourite fell to a more aggressive player. Mr Murray’s conqueror, Mischa Zverev, is one of the few active players to rely heavily on the serve-and-volley tactic, and Coco Vandeweghe, the American who eliminated Ms Kerber, has used a cannonball serve to record her only career titles on speedy grass courts. These aren’t the only competitors to attack their way into the late rounds: Veteran aggressors <a…Continue reading