Right-handed, two-handed backhand
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MEET XAVIER MALISSE
Xavier Malisse first came to prominence against a peak Pete Sampras. They met in an ATP event in Philadelphia in 1998, when a teenage Malisse, with multi-coloured hair and flashing groundstrokes, pushed the great Sampras to a tight deciding set. ‘He’s really talented. A shotmaker’, said Sampras, afterwards. How right he was. Malisse would go on to be one of those players that his rivals would make a date to watch, and crowds would flock to see on outside courts. Whilst not always the most consistent player in the world, when he was on, he was truly sensational. His peak came in 2002, when he beat Britain’s Greg Rusedski and the 1996 champion Richard Krajicek on his way to reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals. David Nalbandian ultimately stopped him in 5 sets. Two years later, he combined with compatriot Oliver Rochus to win the French Open doubles title. Around all the good results on court, Malisse always enjoyed the tennis circuit off court as well. That comes across in life-loving attitude today.
TIE BREAK STRENGTHS
Malisse is a player that can conjure any shot from anywhere. In a tie-break situation, he can make something happen out of nothing.
He has a penchant for the spectacular, extravagant and flamboyant. As a result, he makes opponents nervous, because they don’t know what’s coming next.
With his skill-set, Malisse rarely gets nervous. He is loose-limbed and ready to go in a tie-break.
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