Which Big Hitting Serve Specialists Will Light Up Wimbledon 2018

Which Big Hitting Serve Specialists Will Light Up Wimbledon 2018

WillServeAndVolleySpecialistsComeOutOnTopAtWimbledon?

June27,2018

Inthemid-1980s,ayoungGermanplayernamedBorisBeckermadeanameforhimself。

Asa17-yearold,hesurprisedtheworldbywinningatQueensClubusingapowerfulserveandvolleystyleofgame。

HethenconfoundedthepunditsbygoingontoreplicatethatsuccessacoupleofweekslateratWimbledonastheunseededGermanwonthefirstofhisthreeWimbledontitlesin1985。

Thatwin,combinedwithimprovementsintechnologyandthedevelopmentofplayersoverallfitnessandstrengthhelpeduserinaneweraatWimbledon,whenplayersthatcouldservefastandalsovolleytheballwellatthenet,wouldbeatabigadvantageovermoretraditional,touchandfeelorbaselineplayers。

NotallWimbledonchampionsfollowingonfromBeckerfittedthemouldofatypicalserveandvolleyplayer,AndreAgassicertainlydidn’t,butagoodnumberofplayersthatdidwinWimbledon,oratleastreachthefinaldid。

PeteSampras,MarkPhillippousis,GoranIvanisevic,RichardKrajicekandRogerFedererallcertainlyarefineexponentsofserveandvolleytennis(andmorebesides)。

Inthepasttwoyears,wehavebothMilosRaonicandMarinCilicreachthefinal,bothofwhompossesshugeservesandwhosegamesareparticularlywelladaptedtograss,althoughitisinterestingthatbothlostintheirrespectivefinals,AndyMurraybeatingRaonicwhileCiliclostlastyeartoRogerFederer。

Withthisbeingatraitpeculiartomen’sgrasscourttennisinparticular,thewomen’sgamedoesseebigservershaveanadvantage,buttheirrelativelackofpowerandstrengthcomparedtomaleplayersmakesabigservelessadvantageous,whoarethebigserveandvolleyplayersthatcouldmakeanimpactatWimbledon2018inthemen’sdraw?

ServeandVolleySpecialistsatWimbledon2018

Lookingthroughthemen’sseedingsandthereareanumberofplayerswhopossessabigfirstserve,aswellasfineskillsatthenettoputawayanyreturns。

Althoughitisworthnotingthatsomeofthenamesonthislisthaveafarstrongerall-roundgamethanothers。

Theirhighesteverrecordedservespeedisshowninbrackets。

JohnIsner(253kmh)

MilosRaonic(250kmh)

FelicianoLopez(244kmh)

JuanMartindelPotro(240kmh)

MarinCilic(235kmh)

StanWawrinka(234kmh)

GrigorDimitrov(233。

4kmh)

RogerFederer(230kmh)

Ofcourse,thereisabigdifferenceintheall-roundgameofeight-timeChampionRogerFederercomparedtoJohnIsner,orindeedmanyoftheotherplayersonthelist,andthatdoeshavetobetakenintoaccountwhenjudgingwhetherFedereristrulyaserveandvolleyspecialist(andI,personally,wouldarguethatheisnot)。

WhatisclearisthatthreeofthelastfourmaleWimbledonfinalistsareonthislistandthatallofthesenameshaveenjoyeddeeprunsintothetournamentinrecentyears,althoughperhapstellingly,onlyRogerFedereronthelisthasactuallywonit。

Soifthereisaconclusionwecandrawfromthis,itisthatplayerswithabigserve(andwhousuallyfollowupthatwithavolleyatthenet)dotendtogetthroughtheearlystagesofWimbledon,buttheydon’ttendtowinit。

Soperhapsthequestionshouldbe,whatinadditiontoabigservedoesRogerFedererpossessthatmakeshimsospecialasaWimbledonchampion?

TheFedererenigma

ThereisabsolutelynodoubtthatwhenitcomestothegrasscourtchampionshipsatWimbledon,RogerFedereriswithoutdoubtthefinestexponentofthegame。

TheSwisslegendhasrackedupeighttitlevictoriesovertheyearsandinhislastwinin2017,hewentthrougheveryroundofthetournamentwithoutlosingaset,afeatonlyachievedoncebeforebyBjornBorgbackin1976。

However,whatwasremarkableaboutFederer’srecordlastyearwasthatheachievedthatattheageof35yearsold,whichisregardedasalmostancientinthemoderntennisindustry。

Borg,incontrast,wasjust20whenhewonWimbledonwithoutdroppingaset。

Ofcourse,itistestamenttoRogerFederer’sfitnessthatthenow36-year-oldkeepshimselfinsuchfineshapethatheisabletooutlastmuchyoungeropponentsonthegrasscourts,occasionallyinverywarmconditions。

There’snodoubtthattheSwisslegendsscientificapproachtohisfitness,andhisdecisiontonotplaytheFrenchOpen,thussavinghisenergytofocusonWimbledon,servedhimsupremelywelllastyear(andwilllikelydothesamethis)。

However,beingfitandwellresteddoesnotmeanyouwinmatchesatWimbledonagainsttheworld’sbestplayersandbiggestservers,sowhatelseistheirwithFedererthatmarkshimoutasatruegeniusofthesport?

Andinmyview,itisnotFederer’sservewhichishismostpotentweapon,buthisabilitytoreturneventhebestservesofotherplayersthatmarkshimoutasatruegeniusofthegame。

Alongsideflawlesstechnique,Federer’sabilitytoreacttoeventhemostpowerfulservesisincredible。

Notonlythat,buthecanoftenreturnthemwithequalvelocityandinsuchapositionthattheserverhaslittletonotimetoreacttohissecondshot。

IfFedererdoesnotwinthepointoutrightonhisreturn,thenhisreturnisusuallyofsuchqualitythatheisatabigadvantagefortherestofthepoint,whichhisnaturaltalentandgeniususuallyturnsintoapositive。

Inessence,Federer’sabilitytouseaplayerspowerfulfirstserve,againsttheserverhimself,iswhatmakeshimsuchathreatatWimbledonandtheSwisslegendhasbeendoingitforyearsandintruth,hestandsagreatchanceofdoingitagainatWimbledon2018。

WillFederermakeitnineatWimbledon2018?

AftersittingouttheFrenchOpenagainthisyearandlookingsharpinwarmup,IwouldcertainlybackFederertoearnhisninthWimbledontitlein2018。

Hemaybe36,butwhenheisathisbest,thereissimplynobodyanywherenearhisstandardonagrasscourtstill。


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