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  1. Prior to 2012, I would argue that it was much...

    Prior to 2012, I would argue that it was much more difficult to gain a medal at the Olympics than it is now. For example, Jorgen Persson lost against Liu Guoliang in the Bronze Medal match in 2000...
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  2. I don't care. It's not sportsmanlike to hide your...

    I don't care. It's not sportsmanlike to hide your serves in the finals of the Olympics.
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  3. His backhand was on fire in the European...

    His backhand was on fire in the European Championships. Oddly, Ovtcharov didn't seem near his best in that tournament and is on fire now.
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  4. I completely agree. You need a very different...

    I completely agree. You need a very different skillset now. Case in point, the Chinese National Championships in 2019 was won by a 39 year old chopper named Hou Yingchao. Younger players are not...
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  5. Exactly. I don't remember any Waldner fans...

    Exactly. I don't remember any Waldner fans insisting he's better. Ma long was probably the GOAT after the 2019 WTTC and today he sealed the deal.
    ​​​​​​I say this even though Waldner is my favourite...
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  6. You lose the lefty-righty combination if you play...

    You lose the lefty-righty combination if you play Ding Ning and Xu Xu Xin. I mean, they are a strong double. They made the finals quite easily but as the favourites, definitely felt the pressure.
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  7. I don't think the Time Out call was that bad....

    I don't think the Time Out call was that bad. Zhang Jike took timeout in the first set in 2012.

    However.....Did I miss something or when did it become common to celebrate nets and edges?
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  8. What happened with Paul Drinkhall? I've seen...

    What happened with Paul Drinkhall? I've seen comments here and there but apparently he won unfairly?
  9. True but it was much more difficult to have a...

    True but it was much more difficult to have a good backhand with the celluloid ball and even more difficult with the 38mm ball. Almost no one was playing counter topspin from the backhand side with...
  10. Timo Boll Interview in English

    Timo Boll has several interesting interviews on his channel, but for the first time, he did a Q and A in English. Check it out. In some points, he goes into more detail than I was expecting


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  11. Kind of unrelated but this reminds me of a...

    Kind of unrelated but this reminds me of a Waldner anecdote, in which he stated that Liu Guoliang's serves in the 2000 Olympics were so spinny that he hurt his back trying to return them. That's such...
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  12. Let's go back to 40- . 38mm might be too big of a...

    Let's go back to 40- . 38mm might be too big of a change.
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  13. It's underwhelming but it makes sense. If you...

    It's underwhelming but it makes sense. If you aren't very well balanced, the collective minds of the top 100 players and their coaches will sniff out your weaknesses pretty quickly and you'll only...
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  14. Waldner found a way to beat every generation of...

    Waldner found a way to beat every generation of Chinese players he faced and I highly recommend watching the Bragden documentary to see how the Swedes had to innovate to beat the Chinese at the...
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  15. I think all top 10 players have a certain...

    I think all top 10 players have a certain "X-Factor" but they also really nail the fundamentals. For some greats, such as the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, their speciality is precisely having little...
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  16. It looks like a pendulum serve. He is bending...

    It looks like a pendulum serve. He is bending down far more than your average player and accelerating with his entire body. It also seems that the ball is hidden for a certain amount of time behind...
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  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHtrlbS10Lk ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHtrlbS10Lk

    Timo Boll streamed recently with the trainer Helmut Hampl that sculpted him into the player he became.


    1. Trainer opportunities: His parents were...
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  18. Didn't Thomas Weikert say in a podcast with Dan...

    Didn't Thomas Weikert say in a podcast with Dan that in 2020, ITTF will secure the rights?
  19. A very interesting piece of information from...

    A very interesting piece of information from Larry Hodge's book on tactics comes to mind. Waldner was apparently China's kryptonite when it came to studying an opponent for an important match. Larry...
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  20. Wow, excellent work.

    Wow, excellent work.
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  21. That's great news!!

    That's great news!!
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  22. Oh, I had no clue but it's excellent news for me...

    Oh, I had no clue but it's excellent news for me :D Vega pro is almost the perfect rubber for my forehand. The only problem is the ball slips sometimes and the rubber plays very differently after a...
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  23. What I'm waiting for is an update to the Vega Pro...

    What I'm waiting for is an update to the Vega Pro that is higher quality
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  24. Well played Lin Yun Ju! Well deserved, commercial...

    Well played Lin Yun Ju! Well deserved, commercial match or otherwise :D
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  25. https://youtu.be/foT9rsHmS24 This is...

    https://youtu.be/foT9rsHmS24


    This is hilarious and also kind of relevant given the quality of translators we have
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