Pretty significant serve and volley action in men's Pro tennis

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by eman70, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. eman70

    eman70 New User

    Sep 9, 2007
    did anyone watch Federer vs. Roddick from China today???

    seemed like serve and volley tennis is alive and well in the Federer camp and worked pretty well even against the new technology in Roddick's frames.

    And for those who've predicted the demise of Federed's game.......silly. !!!!

    Federer has PLENTY of game left no matter what happens in China
  2. coloskier

    coloskier Legend

    Jul 24, 2007
    There was even more in Paris. But you still don't see someone serving and coming in behind the serve like you used to. There is definitely an increase in approach shots and volleys, however. People are finally starting to figure out how to beat a baseliner that has a heavy western grip by hitting low shots and coming in behind them. They have no choice but to hit up on the ball. Also, players are now using more extreme angles on their approach shots and coming in behind them.
  3. alwaysatnet

    alwaysatnet Semi-Pro

    Feb 20, 2004
    The trend may be towards "stroke and volley" rather than "serve and volley" tennis. A lot of very good and talented players just can't survive by trading blowtorch ground strokes with the big hitters all day long. So there must be another way to win. Maybe it will be by coming to net behind a forcing ground stroke or a weak reply from an opponent.
    Whatever it takes to keep the net game alive.
  4. Fedexeon

    Fedexeon Hall of Fame

    Mar 28, 2006
    Federer has great net game. He show it in the Roddick match.
  5. RoddickistheMan

    RoddickistheMan Professional

    Jul 23, 2007
    Yeah great hands at net. Liked how roddick kept hitting the ball right back at him instead of lobbing. I sometimes wonder how Roddick became a pro tennis player. I think federer was using roddick as a guinea pig for his serve and volley tactics in order to get ready for his nadal and sampras matches.
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  6. downdaline

    downdaline Professional

    Jul 12, 2007
    ^^^ Your nick and your post dont seem to match. Hehehe. Kidding.

    Yeah, Fed had great hands. But i felt his volleys were too sublime, too gentle. There werent many hard penetrating volleys from Federer, just well placed soft ones. Both work well of course.
  7. mrDamien

    mrDamien Hall of Fame

    Nov 5, 2007
    Watched this games too. From the beginning of the match when Roddick unable to pass his first serve already telling that Roddick is going to lose. Roddick too panic and nervous against Fed :eek:. Hahaha.
  8. TonyB

    TonyB Hall of Fame

    Sep 6, 2006
    Serve and volley is back? Are you kidding?

    The ONLY reason Fed served and volleyed was that this match meant absolutely nothing. Nothing at all. He wanted to shake things up a bit and try to end some points early. He did not suddenly adopt a serve and volley policy as if to bring it back to the game. He wanted to catch Roddick off-guard and was very successful at it.

    Fed treated this match as a practice session. I'm sure he wanted to brush up on his net game and try to refresh his vertical game a bit before the semis and the finals.

    Don't try to read too much into Fed's aggressive play. That's not his style at all. Knowing that this was a throwaway match, he just wanted to practice his vertical game a bit, that's all.
  9. 10isDad

    10isDad Hall of Fame

    Jul 21, 2006
    Perhaps trying to brush up on it prior to the Pete exhibitions, after all in the one tournament match they played, Federer served-volleyed on nearly every 1st serve and many 2nd serves.
  10. TonyB

    TonyB Hall of Fame

    Sep 6, 2006

    I think you're referring to the Sampras-Federer match, Wimbledon 2001. A fantastic match, by all measures. I agree that it was a watershed match for S&V. It's permanently in my DVD collection.

    Pistol Pete was the King of S&V at that time. To see Federer out-S&V Pete was just simply incredible, especially considering Fed's young age.

    I could watch that match every day...
  11. Fries-N-Gravy

    Fries-N-Gravy Semi-Pro

    Mar 23, 2007
    Boston, MA
    people who were crying about the demise of S&V. it is coming back. federer might have to do that more often as well as approaching the net in general to stay atop his throne. it certainly has proven to be winning him more points. his exhibition match against roddick earlier this year probably helped him figure out what he needs to do if he S&Vs and how to apply it.
  12. tzinc

    tzinc Semi-Pro

    Oct 12, 2007
    On Red Clay
    He hit some beautiful shots today.

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