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Second serve dilemma.

Posted by tennisplanet on September 7, 2010

Shouldn’t there be some kind of freaking penalty for not being able to return a second freaking serve – unless it’s Sampras across the net? And that penalty should move up couple of notches when the stupidity occurs at critical juncture(s).

It’s a second freaking serve. How much freaking mysterious can it get? And if it is a slider painting the lines and carries heat, you can understand. But players today are routinely failing to get the ball across in their attempt to add extra mustard on it. Wouldn’t it be better to first get the ball in, specially on big points instead of risking not starting the point at all? It’s the same reason I find an unforced error on match point beyond preposterous.

How many times have even the best players made a mess of a routine shot? Federer at Wimbledon, at Madrid this year………you name it. Doesn’t that point to making your opponent hit another shot a better proposition than attempting to craft out a nasty return while gambling everything on it? If you lose the point that way, isn’t that far better to stomach?


4 Responses to “Second serve dilemma.”

  1. Sir Vibhudi Aatmapudi said

    TP, if you’ve played tennis you will know that the second serve is to the first serve what Butch Cassidy is to the Sundance kid. Both work very well in taking the momentum off the opponent. At times, the second serve is far more effective than the first because of the spin imparted on it and its deviation in the air. It is also slower than the first serve, clears the net much higher than its first cousin and thus bounces a lot more. Federer at opportune moments, used his second serve as a first serve very effectively in the first set vs berdych at Toronto. Personally, I’d rather face a first serve that is flat and hard than a second serve loaded with spin and swerve. Always had trouble with those.

  2. Freddy said

    He’s right. A flat first serve is always easier to return than a kicked second. My coach (he was ATP top 200 at best) has a riduculous kick, he’ll stand at the doubles line and kick it into the fence. The top guys can get their second serves jumping way over shoulder height. I guess you could compare it to a Nadal forehand about 30 miles faster and bouncing higher. That being said however, you’d think that you’d be used to that from practicing 3/4 hours everyday…

  3. evie said

    Actually, one of the things I’ve found frustrating about Roger’s game is how infrequently he does anything special with a second serve, especially on break points. He’s content just getting it in play (usually a BH chip), or has been up until recently. But he can’t outright win points that are neutrally in play as much as he used to, so he has clearly made an effort to go for more on the second, at least occasionally. It’s a welcome relief to me.

    • kitty said

      Agree. Fed’s return game has been refreshingly oozing confidence for the fans who were tired of his passive return play till now. Atleast there is a ‘plan’ to go after on the weaker serve. For the return game he is trying to do something with the ball than just chipping it back. I am happy though it might not yield dividends all the time.

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