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Why does Manuel have to repeatedly go forward? ... just stay back and catch the ball in the air

Having watched all those Aritz singles points, it's clear that he is a very smart player in addition to all his other game skills.

If you show him that you are camped in the back, that there is NO defense up front, then his dejada will be extra high to squish the error rate down to almost nothing. His carom might be medium paced and get nowhere near the wood. You WILL see a kill shot.

Seriously, Aritz's caroms can occasionally be caught, and his dejadas can sometimes be got to as well. So, Manuel making a big point to come up to midcourt to be ready for those otherwise lethal shots is probably the main reason he why didn't have to face them. I'm 100% convinved that Aritz would have put him out instantly if he had stayed back.

Manuel apparently agrees, otherwise he wouldn't have put all that energy into covering at midcourt - even on the lead-in to his point-winning rebote.

Worst case scenario you force him into throwing a shot that he may mess up

Sounds good, but Aritz will just user safer, ultra-low-failure-rate kill shots. Because of those videos, this is not just a matter of opinion. Anyone with the time or inclination can see for themselves.

The guy just threw the ball 13 times in a row he is probably going to do it again.

Looks like this is morphing into a legend. In reality, Manuel faced 5 passing shots, one of which he cut off. The second one looks like it was a 1/4 inch away from a chula, in which case this topic would never have existed. This is a case of great play on his part, AND catching a few breaks. In most cases like this he will be off the court very quickly.


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