Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by tennis_hack, Jul 23, 2013.
Soderling probably hits even harder and with more spin.
Why does Del-Potro own him?
Mentally tougher and plays much better defense. I think Delpo also absorbs power very well, rare for a big hitter. Soderling can't handle Delpo's power while Delpo can handle Robin's, even though Soderling probably hit a heavier ball.
The plot thickens when you consider that Soderling owns Ferrer, and Del-Potro is owned by Ferrer...
What could be the match-up issue there?
Perhaps because Ferrer takes pace well, but not spin? Del-Potro hits a lot of pace, but Soderling hits pace and spin - like Nadal, who Ferrer also has a poor record against.
Del Potro is a lot less aggressive than Soderling, he actually rarely plays first strike tennis but prefers to build his way into rallies and then unleash a big bomb (often only when pressed). Ferrer rarely lets him into the rallies but jerks him around the court with his forehand and dictates play. Soderling just totally overpowered Ferrer off of the first ball, whether it was the serve or the return. And, as you said it's easier to redirect pure pace than pace and spin (Soderling actually hit a very spinny ball with his full Western grip while Delpo has an Eastern and only hits moderate topspin).
I've seen them play each other live, and Soderling isn't noticeably more powerful. Two obvious factors are JMDP's superior defence and his stronger mentality. That said, Robin was getting the better of their WTF match at 4-1 in the third, and then he choked.
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