Join Date: Sep 2004
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Players out of their comfort zone with success
I'm curious to know if some of you remember seeing players changing their usual tactics or style of play in order to beat an oppoenent or even better to win a tournament, doing so with success.
The most famous example is Borg winning so many Wimbledons while his natural game was quite defensive with a lot of topspin. He adjusted to volley more and did it with, mmh, quite a lot of success. I watched recently the Noah-Wilander finals in RG 1983 and I was amazed to see how Noah kept patient with big loopy topspin forehands to prepare his attacks, while his initial game was pure S & V. Special mention to Lendl who managed to reach a certain success in going more to the net, winning the Queen's twice I think, but never managed to win the big W
In the opposite, Roddick going more to the net trying to beat Federer without results outlines the difficulty of the task. I think it's quite rare at the pro level but there might be other examples of successful changes.
"I asked a bloke in the front row if he liked the serve-and-volley stuff," said Rafter. "He said he did but asked if he was going to get to see any rallies. 'Not today, mate,' I told him."
Last edited by mdhubert; 02-22-2006 at 11:07 AM.