Shelton...where is the serve?

mental midget

Hall of Fame
At the time of this writing, it's 6-2, 6-6 against RBA...and shelton has 6 aces, averaging 116 mph. noticed this in his matches in Kooyong as well, just nowhere near the serving level you would expect. Wondering if because he's hit a few really big ones, it's set an expectation that day in, day out, he doesn't really live up to? not particularly good at hitting his spots either, the more i watch.

having said that, the rest of his game is quite good...but for now at least he is not in the ballpark of a kyrgios/raonic/hurcacz, or certainly, goran-style ace machine.
 

1hander

Rookie
At the start of the match, he mentioned "having arm problems" to the chair umpire in his tussle about his arm sleeve logo.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
but for now at least he is not in the ballpark of a kyrgios/raonic/hurcacz, or certainly, goran-style ace machine.
Whoever said Ben has ever had the serve level or quality of any of these guys? He's never going to have Goran's devastating serve, even though both are lefties. And he's nowhere close to having Nick's lethal serve, or Raonic. That's never going to happen.

It's like saying, "Med isn't in the ballpark of Fed, Rafa or Agassi's FH!" Nobody ever claimed he did.
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
Whoever said Ben has ever had the serve level or quality of any of these guys? He's never going to have Goran's devastating serve, even though both are lefties. And he's nowhere close to having Nick's lethal serve, or Raonic. That's never going to happen.

It's like saying, "Med isn't in the ballpark of Fed, Rafa or Agassi's FH!" Nobody ever claimed he did.
mostly my own expectations i was speaking to. with the ability to bring that much heat i've been expecting him to win a lot more free points on serve than he does currently.

my amateur opinion but some of the shoulder issues might come from a toss that looks to me to be too much over his head, often, and not out to the side enough. in any case, have to say the rest of his game has come a long way, great shot tolerance, nice hands at net...if he can keep that shoulder healthy he's going to have a big year.
 

Sipho

Rookie
Last week Bryan Shelton was on Tennis Channel's T2 show, Second Serve.

He was talking to the guys on there, Jimmy Arias and Nick Monroe (and I forgot the name of the host), and I think he was saying that they were going to be mixing up the pace of the serve.

I noticed in Auckland last week during some of his service games he would serve a normal 120 or 130, and then on game point crank it up to over 140 and the return would float into the crowd or whatever.

So I guess the strategy is 120 and 130, they get used to that. And then you come with 140 on the big points and they can't do anything with it because they're not used to it.

It's a sound strategy if you can implement it.

On the rest of his game, he talked about it after his first round match...


On the match in general I guess he just did enough to win in straights against a good player...


He's playing singles and doubles, so I guess he'll get in plenty of service reps to work on whatever it is they want to do.
 
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