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Chang's underhand was actually pretty bad if you watch it, it was long, and didn't have much backspin on it, Lendl could have hit a much better shot than that, or put it back short, he had many options. Ivo had a much better one, hid it much better, and was a lot shorter as well, Haas didn't have any chance to return it.

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Chang was just playing mind games at that point. He was cramping badly, and was just trying anything to disrupt Lendl´s rhythm. And it worked.
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Can't believe it worked against the Fed. He had hours to set up for that forehand.
I LOVE Fed's smile there lol.

If executed perfectly though, it's a deadly serve. It should be used more often.
It'll come in handy once a while.
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

I've always thought Fed should use it against RN at RG.

Not only is it annoying and unexpected for the opponent, but it would also tire him out and make him guess laterally as well as forward-backward.


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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

I love underarm serve, if executed perfectly, opponent gets extremely pissed, which is main purpose of it. Not everyone can laugh it off like Fed did. Karlovic uses this sometimes, I have seen him do it against Youzhny and some other players too .You always expect huge cannonball from Karlo, and if you get this instead...To be receiveing end of it is not funny at all.
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

This should be employed by anyone who sees the other player standing way back of the baseline.
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It may be legit on principle but I dont find it sporting at all.
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

I've never really gotten how it's generally allowed in matches to be honest.
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

It would be smart to mix it up.

Why try hitting so hard and so fast when a guy can just stick a racket out and time it well and it is right back at you?

Better to hit a drop serve, or a slice drop serve or something. Or just toss the ball in the air, wind up a forehand and hit it.

Seen as classless by those who get burned by it.

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I've never really gotten how it's generally allowed in matches to be honest.
What is wrong with it? It is almost same as well disguised dropshot, sly, unexpected, totally legit. If you think tennis is only about hitting 200km/ h serves and 150 km /h forehands... well it is much more. You cant ban the shot, because it is too weak and short, this is ridicilous idea.They even dont ban hitting your opponent with 150 km /h flying ball( = bullet ), why should they ban totally harmless slow shot ?
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It should be used more IMHO. Great shot!

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I love underarm serve, if executed perfectly, opponent gets extremely pissed, which is main purpose of it. Not everyone can laugh it off like Fed did. Karlovic uses this sometimes, I have seen him do it against Youzhny and some other players too .You always expect huge cannonball from Karlo, and if you get this instead...To be receiveing end of it is not funny at all.
How do you do exactly an underarm serve?! :P
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Re: Why is the Underhand Serve so Reviled?

stakhovsky did it a couple of times against raonic recently.

i joked to him on twitter he should use it more and he replied that it was considered rude and that he apologised to milos after
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Best one was Karlovic against Haas. Tommy camping on the back fence, actually moving the linesman's chair. Karlovic basically dropshot-serves him.
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It would be smart to mix it up.

Why try hitting so hard and so fast when a guy can just stick a racket out and time it well and it is right back at you?

Better to hit a drop serve, or a slice drop serve or something. Or just toss the ball in the air, wind up a forehand and hit it.

Seen as classless by those who get burned by it.
No matter what the level, it is considered rude and disrespectful, otherwise it would be used more. Whenever you use it, you insult your opponent, that´s just the way it is.
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Wow! So great to know this is legit. Hope Roger uses it as a surprise element against Rafa someday, esp the kind Lendl played against McEnroe that stays low.

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