I was watching the Madrid matches on the Tennis Channel and the announcers were discussing how hard it is for one player to get into any kind of rhythm when their opponent was playing listlessly. One would think that if one is playing well, an aggressive smart player would try and make quick dispatch of this opponent. But does this apply to every player or not? Does it make sense to think that some players get totally thrown off when their opponent is playing poorly? Thoughts. Thanks.
When a player has limited control, and hits with crap technique. It's difficult to read the ball, or even rally.
This implies to Roddick. Who grinds very well, and gives you anonymous unorthodox trash to work with on every second ball.
For a player like Nalbandian, and there is no better example.
Hits textbook groundstrokes, blatant body positioning, and willingness to play an efficient game are part of his inability to win tournaments.
Quality players will find it's only a matter of staying in the point for long enough (which isn't too difficult, because the Nalbandian groundstroke projection is about as varied and imperfect as a ball machine) before he runs out of options.