Erratic hitting from Shapovalov left himself a mountain to climb against Djokovic in Shanghai

I think it is fair to start off with the fact that no one was expecting Denis Shapovalov to defeat Novak Djokovic in Shanghai with a 1-11 top ten win record since the beginning of last year but was that performance worrying? In a word, yes. 6-3 6-3 to Djokovic, score-lines can be deceiving but this wasn’t a contest and the theme was set early with erratic hitting. From the opening 6 games or so I picked up some ground strokes which were as I said, erratic. Blue is backhand and red is forehand, yellow is where the ball bounced. … Continue reading Erratic hitting from Shapovalov left himself a mountain to climb against Djokovic in Shanghai

How David Goffin paints the lines with one of the best backhands in the business

When in full flow David Goffin’s backhand is a thing of beauty. One of the best on the tour? Absolutely! David is playing his best tennis of the year in the final couple of months and his game oozes confidence and composure. Add some time to that and you have one of the best backhands in the business. He can’t hit this without time on his side. When that ball sites up you see him get his body ready: Back is straight Racket head behind him ready to swing Feet together Right foot is planted Left foot and racket head … Continue reading How David Goffin paints the lines with one of the best backhands in the business

Daniil Medvedev guides his backhand well but would he find more joy & authority with a ripped approach?

Daniil Medvedev’s game is unorthodox but effective and in my opinion good on the eye. Some have said his tennis isn’t attractive but how can you argue with a formula that has him with the most tour wins this year? He has a Masters 1000 title and a major final under his belt of late and I see him causing trouble and competing at the highest but is there a slight issue with his game? I wouldn’t call it an issue but a room for improvement. I think he can take his backhand to the next level. If many were … Continue reading Daniil Medvedev guides his backhand well but would he find more joy & authority with a ripped approach?