Forehand: I'll give him a 4 on that. In the Monte Carlo final, I think he was able to keep up with Rainer on the baseline pretty well with it, causing Rainer to hit alot of unforced errors. BUT I took the 1 from him cuz most of his errors come off his forehand.
Backhand: 4 again I guess. It's very effective, he can create some stellar angles with it (as with his forehand too), nice "down the line politics" as my mom would call it, BUT I took the one cuz I'm sure there's something wrong with it
Serve: Eh, what can I say? It's not powerful but VERY effective. He generally always has a very high first serve % and doesn't hit very many double-faults. OOO!!!! In that second set of the Nasdaq-100 Open!!!! It was a duece game but I can't remember the score. He was messin' Andy up in that damn corner!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!! I think I almost died laughing at that shiz man!!! Andy was like "Oh c'mon!" LMAO!!!!!! Guille just kept serving that ace in the corner. Wasn't fast at all but had a mad wicked angle on it. Oh yeah!! The rating: 4.8.
Another thing he's got is some bad ass ground strokes. I thought Shalken was bad (and he is) but damn, Guilles' ground strokes are disturbing. Uhm, he's also mentally stronger than he was last year. That's a great thing cuz a match like yesterday, he would've lost last year. Last year he was...51-1 after winning the first set. Had a half-and-half record after losing the first set but he's really improved on that
One thing that has also gotten better is his attitude on court. Last year, rooting for Guille went something like this: "Shut up Guille, let it go. Shut the hell up. Stop. Get on with the match. Damnit Guillermo, shut the fuck up!!" Now, it's much better. People can go on and on and on about how he whines but they must still be living in 2003. I've seen him "protest" about....3 calls this year. 1 in the Pacific Life open against Agassi. He didn't get into it with the Ump, but he kept looking at it and swearing under his breath. Tapped it once and I was like "Damnit let it go!" He protested 2 calls in the match against Gonzalez in the Nasdaq open. The first one he was just like "OMG I can't believe that was called in!" and just looked at the umpire but he let it go pretty quickly and got on with the match. The second call was a bit more. A call "on the line" was ruled wide and he went up to the net and said something sarcastic to the linesperson, then let it go. I heard he threw a hissy yesterday but oh well, so did a whole lot of other folks I bet.
One thing I wish he'd STOP doing is trying to hit a damn winner off of EVERYTHING!!! Damn ball going wide, he gon' hit the damn thing anyway. Shit! He did that like a BILLION times in the simis vs Gonzalez in Miami. And he always fucked it up. Man I was so pissed off!!! I threw everything possible at the damn tv. Let the damn ball fall wide!!!! Let it go!!! Ok?
Uhm, he needs to either work on his dropshots on HARDCOURTS, or don't do it. No Guille, it's not gonna go over the net and die like on clay. It's gonna BOUNCE, real HIGH, setting your opponent up for a very nice passing shot.
Oh he's got a few good tactics too. Those insane lobs man. LMAO!!! Some of dem lobs look like they just SHOULDN'T work. It be insane when those damn things be fallin' barely inside the baseline. Does he actually practice that? Maybe he calculated the the distance and the volocity at which he'd have to hit the ball, divided by the speed x direction of the wind...nah. LMAO!!!!
We all know about his BAM!!!! SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF A BASELINE RALLY!!! dropshot. It's pretty insane on clay. Folks be like "Damn! I knew he was gonna do dat!!" just don't know WHEN he gon' do it. If he can get it straight on hardcourts, that'd be quite stellar.
He's doing pretty good on hardcourts this year too. I'm anxious too see....what happens in the summer. I'm guessing he's still gonna play all the European tournaments while alot of other players are gonna be trying out the US Open series. But if I'm correct, the US Open series is entirely on hardcourt. I think it's very important that he plays more tournaments on hard cuz I think he can be exceptionally great at it.
Ok! You shouldn't have asked cuz now you had to read all that up there ^.