Originally Posted by betterthanhenman
...Serve that is. And I'm talking about the top 3 Argentinian players in the world.
Nalbandian, Gaudio and Coria are all held back not entirely, but certainly to a large extent by their below par serving.
If Nalbandian could serve even to an average standard then he could be the world's best. It is the only discernible weakness in his game, besides his fragile psyche. The same can be said for Coria at present. The two of them can do everything but serve well. And the Gaudio serve is also at best, a liability. With the exception of Oli Rochus, surely they have the three weakest serves in the mens top 50.
Is it because their serves were not considered so important when they were developing as juniors? Is it because all three (especially Gaudio and Coria) are short by today's standards? Or, is it just one of those things? One of life's mysteries...
An Argentine friend of mine (who works in the tennis business there) - once told me that, until fairly recently, the serve was not considered to be an "important" stroke when they were teaching tennis to the kids over there. Instead they were just taught to get the ball in play, and their coaching techniques concentrated on fitness, speed around the court, and on their groundstrokes. This obviously worked when most of the Argentines played primarily on the clay court circuit and didn't do so much on other surfaces, but when they moved onto other surfaces the weakness was exposed. Now, they do teach the kids to work on their serves more - but obviously it wll be the next generation of players that will show the benefit of this.