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That first cross court backhand by Javier was hit so hard Jason didn't even have time to move before it was by. Wow!! Many shot like that makes this game an all time favorite.
I also included this video because if you want to see some of the best short hopping with power and accuracy, then look no farther than Javier in this video. If you can do this effectively it takes away much of what an opponent can do to you with a lob game and puts the pressure back on them. However, as we have all experienced, if short hopping is not done just right and timed properly, the results are a big set up for your opponent.
I remember watching John Egerman, formerly #3 in the world in the mid 80's practice this before a match at an open tournament in Boise, Idaho by standing mid court and hitting a mid height lob to the front wall and then step in and take it either in the air, or on the short hop. Both back and fore hand. For about 50 shots before the match. It was clear that he intended to control center court. It was against Jeff Evans, later to be #12 at a different time on the pro tour. John took this match in the finals in 1987. Jeff blasted away from back court, hitting the ball hard and accurately and John controlled center court, winning many many points by taking the ball before it bounced or just after. Great tiebreaker match. Jeff was about 6'1" or so and a powerhouse shooter and fast (also a great soccer player) and John (who now plays more handball) about 5'7" or so and quick as a cat with all the shots. And Jeff won their next meeting maybe six months later. A great lesson in style contrast and playing to your own strengths. The two serve game was still in play. I had the pleasure of playing John once in practice, and had played about a year earlier with Jeff for about three months, or so, once a week at his club in the Seattle area. Great experience in playing different styles.
Javier, here, is a load of fun to watch as someone who enjoys the game and situation to it's full. No humorous moment is ever lost on Javier, as he plays the audience to the hilt. Only Jason is his equal in this; witnessed on other occasions. Here in this other video is a great example. http://racquetballstrategy.blogspot.com/2011/09/jason-manninio-and-jack-huczek-ten.html And this makes for high entertainment in either case. Nothing better for the game of racquetball than players like this. Your commentators are top notch players who add all you need to know in detail, to fully understand what's important to note as you watch. Woody Clouse and Tim Doyle.
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