corner defence—speed-accuracy tradeoffs
Absolute wordsmith. Well done. I relived the match again thanks to you!
Amazingly insightful analysis, as always. You provide an extra level of understanding of this game that I find nowhere else. Keep up the good work and thank you so much!
Two questions in one:
1) Do you think there is an interest for Alcaraz to change his backhand motion? As you said it is a game of tradeoffs and I feel like he is the best at redirecting / flattening high balls, he does that great so it’s hard to expose him backhand cross. I though he managed to turn around his backhand or go line way more in the second, but I might change my mind after rewatching and statting both sets.
2) You often compare Alcaraz’s backhand to Rublev’s but I can’t help but feel Alcaraz’s is just one or two tiers above his. Is it just the locked wrist feature that helps control you mentioned several times (and that I again saw in Alcaraz today especially when he tried going for depth or changing direction) or is there more ?
Love this writeup. Your analysis is my favourite part of watching tennis
I haven't watched Ruud much this year, so I don't know if this is typical for him: he sliced a lot to give Zverev low balls. He seemed to draw in Z, hit a forehand right at his feet, and then get an easy passing shot if Z's volley wasn't perfect.
I think Ruud can make it interesting in rallies against Novak, but I am not confident in the Norwegian's serve over 5 sets.
Can you expand on “subtle change-of-direction”? What does that look like? How does it differ from standard change-of-direction?
Brilliant analysis. Novak’s biggest strength is definitely his control, added with his resilient mental strength. What a champion.