Murray's passing shot

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  1. Mortifier

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    I've been watching a lot of highlights during the off season, and since Murray did win a lot of matches during 2009 his name did come up a couple of times.

    It's probably been said before - but his passing shot is almost NEVER up the line. It's crosscourt, 90% of the time, both from the forehand and the backhand, and he often tricks his opponents with his, and gets away with it.

    I've been thinking about it for several months - How can he get away with it? Almost noone has picked it up, he is doing it atleast a couple of times every match. CROSSCOURT. :neutral:

    Please give your opinion on the subject in matter.
     
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  2. chanee

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    Murray's crosscourt passing shots are one of the best out there. It's very difficult to reach it if it's very good.
     
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    Murray has one of the best crosscourt passing shot ever, so most of the times, even if it is predictable for his opponent, the quality of the shot, does it for him.
     
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    If u watching the wtf when federer played Murray, u can see that federer figured that out.
     
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    Murray is more than capable on hitting passing shots down the line off both wings too.

    If an opposing player gambles on him going cross court, he'll just leave a gap big enough to drive a bus through. So they have to just try and cover the angle as best they can.

    Even if the opposing player guesses right, Murray's cross court passing shots are sometimes hit at such extreme angles, the best they can do is dig the ball up, which sits up for Murray to put away easily on the nest shot.
     
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    With a flat approach, Murray will own you. He is fast enough to reach the ball, uses to pace to redeflect the ball and creates a ridiculous angle.

    To beat him there, you need to use the slice. Thats what Roddick did at Wimby. Murray then no longer has the pace to work with so the ball sits up a lot more.
     
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  7. Mortifier

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    I actually watched that and I was like "Everybody should do this". But very rarely it happens, a guy like del Potro was passed like over ten times in a match, but still didn't figure it out.

    Okay, the quality of the shot is superb, but to be fairly honest, he is very comfortable with going crosscourt and the opponent should rather cover that shot more often than the one down the line.

    He is probably gonna pass you anyway, but I am pretty certain that it will reduce his odds in the long run if you anticipate the crosscourt more often than not.

    I'm not a very good player myself, but is there any unspoken "tennis-rule" that says "cover the one down the line rather than the crosscourt"? I mean, I know that he hits both of them with extreme precision, so rather than trying to cover both, just stand in the middle of the court a couple of times and cover the one that's reappearing all the time?

    And the one with Wimbledon and Roddick, you totally right, watched the highlights. Many of the passing shots were even netted or put long since he can't use the pace from the opponent. Brilliant. Although, he did make Roddick pay a couple of times for comming to the net (and some of them were actually down the line).
     
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