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Old 02-14-2013, 03:45 PM   #49
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Actually, if you look at atp world tour final matches/end of year masters, from the 90's on youtube, they occasionally had an (amazing) overhead angle of the serve, they'd do it every 5-6 points and you can see that Sampras threw the ball way to the right when he hit a big flat/slice first serve, and further behind and to the left when he wanted kick etc.

It's possible that the toss was the same every time and he twisted his body so it was further to the right or left relative to him depending on what serve he wanted. But it was very noticeable and even if you look at normal matches I think I could definitely tell if he was going to kick it or slice/cannonball it, although I obviously wouldn't return one out of a 100.

Maybe the real disguise was his ability to disguise the direction?
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