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Re: Is Berdych's style really similar to Del Potro's and Söderling's ?

Berdych is actually a very solid serve and volleyer off both serves when he chooses to use it. At times I actually wonder why he doesn't opt for a little more of that (and quite a few commentators agree with me on that).
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Yes they are all similar- big hitters category for sure, at their peaks they can be ,,unplayable,, Delpo has worst serve among them, right now 2009 Delpo was better server, Soderling has hardest serve among them. They have all big FH- good FH, Berdych flat-clean, other 2 play with more spin and hit harder, about movement, i think they are all bad movers-comparing to top 4 - that´s their weakness against big 4. Berdych has best volleys among them i think.
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I don't think that Del Potro's style similar to Berdych and Soderling. For me, every skills he better than both, except serve.

On the tour, I think only Cilic's style quite similar to Del Potro's.
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Classic thread example of lots talking at cross-purposes.

For example, when people say movement, is that speed? acceleration? footwork? anticipation? understanding patterns of play?
Anyway I would be happy to know your analysis with more precise words

What are the common points and what are the differences ? Is Söderling more similar to Berdych or to Del Potro ? Does the assumption "Berdych between Federer and Söderling" make sense or not ?

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Berdbrain has the best technique out of the three thats for sure. His backhand stroke production is near flawless.


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Re: Is Berdych's style really similar to Del Potro's and Söderling's ?

They are all pretty similar. Tall, big hitters off of both wings, rather decent footwork for their height. However, Soderling/Berdych have much better serves than Del Potro who has quite a mediocre serve in general, although it was beginning to be a weapon in 2009. Del Potro, however, does have IMO the better volleying skills than Berdych and Soderling. He has fantastic tough in fact. Berdych is great at closing in on the net and Soderling is adequate too though.

I wouldn't say any of them are more varied or whatnot. Berdych doesn't particularly do anything too different from Del Potro/Soderling. Yes, Del Potro does love hitting cross-court shots, but Soderling hits quite a few of his shots down the line as well.

One thing for sure is that Berdych has very clean strokes. Doesn't seem to be moving too much body especially when hitting the forehand but his ability to generate pace is quite extraordinary sometimes because when you watch Soderling or Del Potro they just hammer their body into the ball while Berydch just strokes the ball and generates just as much pace.

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Soderling is between the 2. Berdych is a great striker of the ball, relies on technique and timing, not muscling the ball, that is why he can get effortless power. Del Potro is a ballbasher through and through, his one strategy on court: go big or go home. He covers the net well cos of wide reach, but he does not have great touch or feel at all.

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del potro has decent touch at the net.....he volleyed well last wimbledon......his problem at the moment is he is not that agile and not that consistent......once he gets back to his 2008, 2009 level, we will have the big five......
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Re: Is Berdych's style really similar to Del Potro's and Söderling's ?

They are similar in regards to some things, not to others. This is trivially true of course, but my opinions as to places where all three are similar is as follows:

Height (this is the only one not up for debate)
Power (whilst not equal in this regard, in the countext of the whole tour, they are surely in a bracket of 'power' players)
Strong forehands

After that, it may start to break down. For example, in terms of patience, I would say JMDP >> Soderling >> Berdych. That is to say, JMDP is most willing to engage in long rallies, Berdych least. Soderling can do either, his power game dominates many weaker players and at his best we've seen him comprehensively overpower Ferrer on clay and even did the same to Federer on clay (though in a much closer match). However, when it's needed, Soderling plays long rallies. Watch the London match between JMDP and him, a lot of long points because neither player was giving up a lot of space.

JMDP is the best defensively imo, not to say necessarily the best mover but certainly the best in a defensive position on the forehand side. Berdych is worst defender imo, he has decent movement but usually only wins matches he is the aggressor in. For example, when Federer has played him, he has won or come very close to winning when he has dictated play, lost otherwise.

There is much more to say about these three interesting players, Berdych is much the most 'natural' ball-striker. Quite what I mean when I say that is hard to state but it is exemplified by his easy power off the forehand especially. JMD is powerful, but mainly because he absolutely smashes the ball. Soderling also has easy power but to me it looks a less technically proficient stroke.

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