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Shelton shocked by success after moving into Japan Open semis

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Shelton is an entertaining young player, but the big news here should be local hero Mochizuki advancing to the semis.

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Shelton is an entertaining young player, but the big news here should be local hero Mochizuki advancing to the semis

I totally agree. I can't play tennis but am a genius at watching it. Mochizukin and Japanese players are much better technically and better behaved than their foreigner counterparts. Why some rich spoiled American is in the Japanese news instead of a Japanese player is a travesty. Also, I must say, the reason Shelton was able to beat Paul was because the Japan Open uses different balls than Paul is used to. The balls used by the Japan Open are better suited to players used to living and playing in hot humid god forsaken places like Florida and Japan, and guess what people, Shelton plays for University of Florida.

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Not sure about the influence of the balls, they use Dunlop AO, the official ball of the Australian Open. But indeed players have favorite balls, and there is a discussion on the possible correlation between using different balls on the tour and the increase in wrist and arm injuries. But I think the surface impacts the most, and the fast surface at Japan Open does favor big servers like Shelton. Plus the amount of fatigue at the end of the season is quite different between players who constantly ran deep into tournaments and the younger upcoming ones.

Nevertheless, I really look forward to the semis today. A Japanese in the final would do great for the popularity of tennis in Japan.

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Japanese players are much better technically and better behaved than their foreigner counterparts.

Well that's painting with broad strokes, now isn't it?

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Interesting thing to say, considering that the top Japanese tennis players learned theit technique abroad, Nishikori, Nishioka, Mochizuki, etc at IMG, and Daniel mostly in Spain

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