Originally Posted by ARFED
In my opinion there is no such thing as an unstoppable player, because there is no perfect player. Laver for example couldnt do much , even when playing his best, on a fast court against a power hitter (Becker, Sampras, Ivanisevic, etc) with a perfect serve day. How could he, if he isnt able to touch the ball on the return games??? Take a look to the 5 set between Nadal and Rosol at Wimbledon, i honestly dont know if Laver, Sampras, Mc Enroe, Federer or whoever you choose would have stopped Rosol that day. In a way mostly all the players at the top level can be unstoppable so for the same reason none of them really are
The statistics are very much against slowing down one of these untouchable servers (who hit ace after ace) on a perfect serve day, much less defeating him. Maybe to be unstoppable, one has to serve first and win the first game overwhelmingly. So that the opponent is immediately rattled, always playing from behind, and never able to get into his (service) rhythm and game.
In addition, it takes several things: 1)great returns, 2)great anticipation, 3)an ability to read something
and thus know where the serve is going, 4)your own flawless serve game, 5)supreme confidence in your ability to figure out
your opponent and weather the onslaught of first serves, and come back, 6)a rain delay to break that serving rhythm, and 7)luck that it does not continue for the whole match.