what’s abundantly clear is that doyle is completely reworking harrison’s game to avoid the 2h bh altogether by running around it and/or defensively slicing. unfortunately, there’s no way he can he reach the highest echelon of the game with such a glaring weakness. eventually the tour will adapt and expose him. in the meantime, his desire, speed and stamina will keep him competitive.
I thought he always play like this as long as I can remember
(used the same tactic against Raonic last year and Doyle was't even his coach at the time
Ryan primarily uses his slice to put himself in better position to hit higher percentage backhand shot or to change pace/direction (allowing him to better utilize the whole court and throwing his opponent off rhythm). I like it and wish that more players would use it.
His teaching pro dad, Pat, instilled the slices in him since he was young (b/c his dad has a bad 1-handed backhand). Ryan used to have a 1-handed backhand before switching to a two-hander for more power.
I think his backhand is decent, not a weapon, but also not a major weakness. Like Murray said, you can't have too many holes in your game to be in the top echelon. If Roddick can spend most of his career in the 10 with mostly serve and forehand, I think Ryan will be fine. IMO, Ryan has more skills and variety than Roddick at this age.
Obviously, Ryan's serve is his best weapon (both 1st and 2nd). Not only does it give him cheap points and bailing him out during pressure times, it is a large part of his offensive points (1-2 punch, serve&volley, etc.). If his serve goes MIA, then he is screwed
. The biggest issue for Ryan right now is consistency
and that is also a problem for other young players including Tomic and Dimitrov.
I don't know if he can reach No.1 or win slams, only time can tell. But I know that he is fun to watch and is apparently the most exciting American prospect in quite a while.