Originally Posted by MikeHitsHard93
Roddick hasn't changed a bit. His competition on the other hand has gotten much better and more diverse. His forehand is still the same as it once was, as is his slice bh.
Pros hit with so much spin from high rhs because they are so fit. Depending on how their strokes have developed over time, they choose a racket that compliments their game. Not one that tames it.
Well, in a recent interview (within the past month) Roddick revealed that he had lost RHS on his serve due to shoulder injuries, which was one of the reasons he chose to retire. If his shoulder affected his serve it definitely affected his forehand too. I think this actually solves the mystery of why Roddick's forehand lost sting from early to late in his career. From these recent comments, I suspect that Roddick may have developed something of a "dead arm." The dreaded dead arm happens to baseball pitchers and usually is a result of damage to the labrum of the shoulder joint. Damage here causes muscular inhibition, and the shoulder muscles are no longer able to contract as forcefully as they once did, resulting in a loss of "snap" and speed.