Casper Ruud; serve โœ… too much topspin? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ backhand needs work ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ”ง stats ๐Ÿ“ˆ 2020 ๐Ÿ”ฎ

Casper Ruud is someone I’ve watched a lot of this year and I was excited to see him come to Milan and a round robin exit will disappoint him but can walk away with positives and plenty to build on going into 2020.

Ruud is from Oslo, Norway and will celebrate his 21st birthday just before Christmas. Ruud is a lifelong Liverpool supporter and his tennis idol is Rafael Nadal spending most of his time training at the Rafael Nadal academy in Majorca.

Serveย 

Very good serve, probably second best to De Minaur out of the eight guys in Milan for the Next Gen Finals.

I thought he mixed it up well and really got that swinger out-wide put to good effect.

v Kecmanovic
12 aces
0 double faults
78% first serve won
44% second serve won

v Davidovich Fokina
9 aces
0 double faults
68% first serve won
61% second serve won

v De Minaur
2 aces
0 double faults
55% first serves won
31% second serves won

There were struggles against De Minaur and that can be a learning curve to take more risks and try not to hit into the forehand too much. However, 23 aces and 0 double faults this week was very good.

Too much topspin?ย 

I do like Casper’s ground strokes, I would say they are progressive during a course of a rally but can become problematic and that is down to too much topspin.

During the NextGen finals his average rpm (rotations per minute) were;

2700rpm on the backhand
3400rpm on the forehand

Those are impressive numbers but a problem.

In 2018, players like Nadal and Thiem who play with high topspin still weren’t at those averages.

Nadal – 2500rpm on backhand and 3200rpm on forehand
Thiem – 2400rpm on backhand and 3100rpm on forehand

There is a benefit hitting with great topspin but you have to go in with interest.

If the ball isn’t landing off the wings deep with topspin and pace deep on the court it’s dangerous for Ruud. When it bounces in the green it’s coming back with interest but in the red it is more difficult to send back with more on it.

Screenshot 2019-11-09 at 19.19.45

The problem for me in Milan was the backhand of Ruud. It had top-spin but not depth, it bounced and sat up nicely putting him on the defensive.

More from the backhand?

Most definitely there could be more from it.

I thought his backhand with the topspin isn’t the one going forward, it looks pretty but it is pretty ineffective. It’s ok in neutral rallies but the moment the opponent adds a bit of pressure and targets the backhand corner he can’t defend it.

This was a problem highlighted during the week on the hard courts in Milan that everyone peppered the backhand corner and left him stuck in no mans land.

Stats from the week;

23 winners
0 aces
32/47 points won at the net
34 forehand winners
27 forehand errors
8 backhand winners
17 backhand errors

2020?

2019 had a lot of milestones and I think a first title would be a fair achievement and progress in the rankings for Casper.

He will pick up some early points as in January this year was knocking around 112 in the world so won’t have to go through qualifying.

He is 56 in the world right now and I think top 40 is doable.

Screenshot 2019-11-09 at 19.15.00

image credit – Casper Ruud

 

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