Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Whose serve is the best to copy?
Unless you have a very lively serving arm and strong knees then I wouldn't try copying Roddick's, the toss is so fast and the racket-head speed is just impossible to replicate. Hewitt's serve looks rather cramped and awkward to me. Federer's is probably the best technically out of all the top players, but he himself said it's always best for young players not to try and directly imitate the technique of the pros on any shot, but to find what works best for them.
With the service motion, the simpler the better in most cases. I have a Bjorkman-like capacity for imitating players' actions, which is fun for a little while but means I can never settle on a single one and use it all the time.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.