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It is fact that Ma Long usually beats Fan Zhendong. There are of course many reasons: footwork, athletism, speed, IQ, etc... i don't know...
But in my opinion, one of the main reasons is Ma Long is relaxed during his strokes but Fandendong is not. I remember you said "be relaxed to get more power in your strokes". Ma Long is very flexible compared to FZD. What do you think? If I am wrong, which things do M Long better than FZD?
I think one of the biggest part of this is a mental superiority.
When FZD beat Ma Long at the Asian Cup earlier this year it was only the 2nd time he had beaten Ma Long on the World Tour compared to 13 wins by Ma Long. The Head to Head now stands at 14 - 2. There have been 4 matches that have gone to the 7th game and Ma Long has won them all.
I think this success also leads to being more relaxed in a tough situation.
Recently Ma Long has improved his backhand and can now match it with Fan Zhendong in this area by using a lot of variations of speed, spin and placement.
Would be great to hear other readers thoughts.
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