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  1. Jacopo
    Jacopo October 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm |

    Very thorough analysis. I’d like to point to something I’ve read recently as I also always believed (and tried applying on court) that you should look closely at someone’s toss to try to anticipate the direction of someone’s serve. In Geoff Colvin’s book: Talent is Overrated p. 86 it reads: ‘researchers showed tennis players films of opponents serving at them, and used sophisticated equipment to track precisely their eye movement. Average players focused on the ball. But in the brief period between the start of the serving motion and the moment when the racket hits the ball the best players weren’t looking at the ball. The researchers then stopped the film at the moment of contact and asked the test subjects where the serve was going to go. The average players, being focused on the ball, had no idea. But the best players knew, and as a result, they could start positioning themselves to return the serve even before the serve was hit. By the time the ball landes they were already there.
    I’d love to know what you think.


  2. Jewell
    Jewell October 29, 2012 at 8:36 am |

    *waves hello*

    Enjoyed this very much, thanks. Liked the Fed-Roddick comparison as well – and I hadn’t realised that this, THIS sort of thing is what I’m missing in most pieces about the WTA until I saw it. 🙂

    One quibble – memory says that the third of the four Serena winners in that last game was after a short rally. I remember two outright winners off Sharapova second serves, then a short rally ending with a Serena winner, then to cap it all off, that final winner off Maria’s first serve.

    It’s amazing to think how shaky Serena looked in her first two matches – her first serve was way off, and she couldn’t consolidate vs Li at all, what a mess of a match that was from both players – in comparison to how overwhelmingly brilliant she was yesterday.

    I’ll also remember Radwanska vs Errani as a highlight match.

    Not a good seven days for Barry Flatman, really.

  3. Patrick of La Verne
    Patrick of La Verne October 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm |

    Just a note to compliment you on a very thoughtful piece. Well done!

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