Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by Maximagq, Mar 19, 2014.
Small guy, weak serve. What makes him DI material?
Oliver Rochus is little too..and he was French Open doubles champion...
But Oliver Rochus has much better technique on the serve. Tsodikov's strokes don't look phenomenal, how does he do it?
Knowing how to win is more important than how pretty you look. He must know how to win. It may be hard to read his shots because of the two hands on both sides.
Exactly, what is the mental secret to knowing how to win matches at that level without huge weapons? That's what I really want to know.
His movement is great.
his skills maybe limited but if youn win your points,,...you win the matches
Saw him play a few times. Very good competitor. Takes the ball early, hits flat, uses the angles really well. Dictates more rallies than you would expect. Has really good counterpunching skills and can pass. Has trouble with heavy, deep ball hitters. Now he's running.
His weak serve is a monster liability.
Unreal hand-eye coordination.
He's like the D1 version of the public courts guy with bad strokes but gets everything back deep and you self-destruct against him
His serve is not as weak as it looks. It is very well placed and it has got a slice motion that lets it stay low to the ground. You will rarely see guys tee off on it and you'll see a fair share of returns go into the net because guys aren't used to seeing a skidding action. And he can occasionally pop a fairly hard flat serve in. He'll be playing at least in the middle of Stanford's lineup by the time he graduates and as he gets a bit bigger and stronger.
His success is a really big accomplishment. I'm sure a lot of people are really proud of him.
great hands hands, super quick, frustrates opponents, and calls some of the tightest lines I've seen, spells doom for many competitors. On the other hand he is hard to watch if you like good looking strokes.
Not sure what you mean that he calls the tightest lines? Is that a nice way of saying he hooks calls?
geez so he's not a skyscraper. You guys are acting like he is a person with a disability or something.
No, but he is listed at 5'7 130 pounds. Meaning he is literally smaller than about a lot of the women playing D1 Tennis. So it is amazing that he is as competitive as he is.
yes he's a lot of fun to watch... put him in a skirt and he'll be top 5,maybe #1 in WTA making tons of money...
Fun video to watch. That USC guy needs to put in some court time on short ball put-aways and his transition game to the net. USC guy seemed to be giving them away, but it really was hard to see what Tsodikov was putting on those short balls. Perhaps they were being kept lower to the court than it appeared on the video.
Perhaps Tsodikov's passes are good enough that he really puts pressure on someone approaching. Guys like Tsodikov are interesting. Serves are just good enough to not be a liability, quick movement and like a backboard from most of the court.
I've seen him play for YEARS...He wins by your inability to maintain patience, and shot consistency. Sure you'll make the groundies, but miss the approach. Sure you'll make the groundies, and approach, but you'll miss the volley. Sure you'll make the groundie, approach, volley, but you'll miss the overhead. Sure you'll make them all and you will win ONE whole point. That's how guys like him win. They are intently focused on one thing..GET THE BALL BACK. From there he allows you to implode, or win. He's willing to accept either outcome.
I love guys like him, not because of their tennis. Because of their minds.
Time for Tsodikov to play three.
Any of you see Dimitar Kutrovsky (former Texas #1) play ? The guy is maybe 5 foot five inches, he's on the tour now.
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