Monday, March 30, 2009

Quote For The Day

"I feel like serve-and-volleying off of first serves, if you have a big serve, is a huge advantage. Guys can't just block returns back in play. I volley well enough to back it up. Second serve I think is a bit rough, but I see these guys games all the time. I practice with them all the time and they don't see me. the nice thing is I feel like I can play a few different styles. So it will be an advantage as soon as I get my consistency up there."--Taylor Dent

8 comments:

tangerine said...

I didn't realize how much I missed Taylor until I saw him play this week. He's one of the tour's true good guys and watching him play his powerful attacking s/v game is so refreshing, I've gotten used to seeing nothing but defenders and baseliners of late.

If Taylor can keep his nerves in check he can give Federer a good match tonight. Roger doesn't like s/v players. ;)

Karen said...

Hi Craig, if you see this can you let me know whether Serena's match is on tv now - thanks very much

Graf_sampras said...

the Serve and Volley Game -- the GOOD one practiced is really based on a strong baseline foundation . from where everyone started...

but serve and volley is the CLIMAX of the the game of tennis' variety of shotmaking skills and athleticism.

we must , after all, never forget that even serve and volleyers have to "seek" for the opportunity to ATTACK and put pressure -- and therefore must at least match their opponent in DEFENDING from the baseline or attacking forward....

but then they ADD to THIS foundation the volley and attack...

which is still no guarantee - for which the good ones will have to have the skills to "backtrack" if necessary to "start again" - until they can bring through their attacking game-- always aiming to put pressure on an opponent rather than "Defending" mostly.

remember also that the good serve and volleyer needs to DEFEND AT the net simultaneously with ATTACKING or putting pressure AT the net...so it becomes a "double jeopardy" in a way.

that's likely why so FEW ever develop into the full-blown serve and volleyer.

John McEnroe put it another way:

"I am convinced to this day -- that a Great Serve and Volleyer, a great Attacking player -- who plays very well -- what I call the BIG GAME, the "pressure game"

will BEAT THE BEST BASELINER ANY DAY".

Graf_sampras said...

baseliner playing - no matter how great - is really the game of STUNTED GROWTH. lol.

Graf_sampras said...

by the way -- tangerine and others, apart from dent's big middle -- am i the only one that noticed , if correct, that his LOWER legs are very thick? i mean muscular thick. it seems it's just the way he is built and it seems to help him in his explosive game's style demands. do you think?

i have noticed this with edberg , rafter, and sampras too. the lower legs are THICK right down to the ankle area.

Craig Hickman said...

Serena is getting killed.

MMT said...

Wood racquets my friends...wood racquets...

Beth said...

I would love to see him give Federer some pause. I really hope Dent BRINGS it.