Yes! BTW, for me, that 2009 Yokohama match was one of the best matches I have ever seen. Kenta was such a huge promise, he dazzled with his blocking techniques. Brute power often prevails, however.
OTOH, Ma Long has the brains to know when to use his chop/sideblocks.
Ya, I remember watching that match live on ITTV. Arguably the best match of that WTTC, and definitely one of the most memorable, intense and anti-climatic matches in the 40mm era. His dual-side tomahawk serve and all-round style were refreshing and mesmerizing to watch on TV. The home crowd support was fantastic given Japan was hit hard by the swine flu. Gave the CNT a big sweat. If not for LGL's timeout at 1:4 in the 7th, I believe MLin would have been eliminated.
As for ML, I think he first used the chop-block extensively in the match against Lee Sangsu in the men's team final at the ATTC 2013. Was down 0:2 in games and that stroke turned the table and saved the day.
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