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Build a serve like Pancho Gonzales, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer!
In "Building Your Serve From the Ground Up," TennisOne Editor Jim McLennan shows you exactly how Pancho Gonzales, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer built the serves that propelled their legendary careers Then, in a step-by-step fashion, Jim shows you how to build your serve into a powerful weapon by following the same serving foundation as Pancho, Pete and Roger. In this DVD, you'll learn the five master keys to the serve: balance, rhythm, effortless effort, spin, snapping through the serve. This DVD will enable you to see and feel these keys and show you exactly how to incorporate them into your serve, from the ground up.
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- "Building Your Serve from the Ground Up," Jim McLennan Members Public
- "Building Your Ground Game," Jim McLennan Members Public
- "Building a Kick Serve," JIm McLennan Members Public
- "Achieving Peak Performance the Wholistic Way: The Mental Game," Happy Bhalla Members Public
- "Building a World Class Serve," Phil Dent Members Public
- "Building a World-class Volley," Dave Smith Members Public
- "Best of Ken DeHart," Ken DeHart Members Public
- "Corrective Techniques & Myths," Ken DeHart Members Public
- "Defeating the Monsters in Your Mind," Ken DeHart Members Public
- "Skills, Drills and Games for Beginning Players," Ken DeHart Members Public.
- "Drills for Intermediate Players," Ken DeHart Members Public
- "Drills for Advanced Players," Ken DeHart Members Public
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Back on Track?
A year ago, everyone was talking about the tragic, tearful decline of the greatest player of our age. Now, the tennis world is united in acclaiming Roger Federer once again as the greatest, wondering: 'how could we have ever doubted him?' But what does the future really hold for Federer? Is the Fed Express really back on track, or is this a short blip on the long road of decline? Adam Gale asks himself some serious questions about Federer's future, and gets some surprising answers from the game's history.
Roger Federer declined in 2008–true or false? True. Between 2004 and 2007, the Swiss master won 86% (76-12) of his matches against top opponents, those who have reached grand slam finals since 2003. From January ’08 to May ’09, before he took the Madrid title, Federer won only 56% (18-14)–a thirty percent reduction. When it came to winning deciding sets in those close matches against the top ten, it was even more dramatic. Where before he had won two thirds (10-5) of those top-ten matches that went the distance, between the Australian Open 2008 to Rome 2009 the Swiss won less than a fifth (2-9).
The only area where Federer was still at peak levels was his ability to beat the rank-and-file consistently, continuing to win over 90% of matches against players outside the top twenty. It was hardly a bad run by anyone else’s standards. Nonetheless, his inability to beat Murray, Djokovic, and Nadal in particular kept him from winning as prolifically as he had done before.
Click photo: Since he reversed his decline of 2008, Federer is once again being hailed as the greatest player of all time.
But now Roger has returned to his peak form? Again–true. The turning point came last year when he won the ATP World Tour 1000 event in Madrid, turning around a five-match losing streak against Rafael Nadal, and on a Spanish clay court of all places. As the number one player and holder of three of the four slams, Federer is now firmly back in the driver's seat. Following his stunning victory over Murray in straight sets in Melbourne, Federer now owns a 17-4 record (81%) against grand slam finalists since Madrid ’09. He has won a respectable half of his top ten deciding sets in the same period (5 of 10) and only had one loss to a player outside the top twenty (l. to Benneteau in Paris).
With Nadal's knees the way they are now, nothing can stop Roger's final assault on the record books. Erm
that's sort of subjective; we can't really know what will happen in the future.
He'll win at least twenty majors before he decides to retire, maybe more. Well, I don't see how you can say that quite yet, and besides
Federer's return to form is yet another example of his unique brilliance as far and away the greatest men's singles champion ever. Whoah
okay, hold on a minute! I can answer that one. False! There have in fact been several players who have bounced back from a decline to find their peak form.
Like Ivan Lendl. Lendl was the greatest player of the 1980s. He was number one straight for three consecutive years, 1985-87. After an injury-plagued 1988, he was deposed from the year-end number one spot by Mats Wilander, a player who won three of four majors that year and who had been previously known mostly as a clay-court specialist. Lendl regained the number one spot, something only Federer has since emulated. Then there was Boris Becker. After years of relatively sub-par performances, Becker had a great 1996. He won his second Australian Open title–five years exactly after his previous major victory–and four other titles that year.
You're living in the past. Anyway, you can't compare those guys to the Mighty Fed. 16 majors, anyone? Okay, Pete Sampras. 'Pistol Pete' is the man Federer is most often compared to, and he's almost exactly ten years older than Roger. He had a relatively poor 1998, and didn't win a title in the first half of 1999. Then he won Queen's Club. Then Wimbledon (again). Then he won every other tournament he entered for the rest of the year, barring only those from which he had to retire injured. Nobody's bounced back quite like Pete.
Both Ivan Lendl (right) and Boris Becker managed to regain their form after down years but neither stayed on top very long afterward.
Whatever. So Roger’s not the only one to get back to the top. It doesn’t mean he won’t win twenty majors. No, it doesn’t. But here’s the thing–all those other guys experienced this great resurgence, and then dipped again. Fast. Lendl had a good 1989-90, but from 1991 until his retirement in ’94, his overall winning percentages really dropped, from well over 80% to below 70%. Boris Becker followed his great 1996 by collapsing in 1997. He never won another title. Even Sampras couldn’t hold back his decline for more than a year or so. After winning Wimbledon (again) in 2000, he entered into freefall, enduring a title drought that lasted more than two years, until his last hurrah at the US Open final in 2002 against Agassi. Now that was a match.
Never mind that. You're saying you don't think Roger will last? Did you see that Australian Open final? Yes, I did. It was great. What I'm saying is that if Federer follows the pattern of all those other guys, it won't last long. You can't argue with history.
Aren't you forgetting something? No, no I don't think so.
All those guys were serious injury cases–Becker's wrists, Lendl's back, Sampras's everything! So?
So Federer's clean, mean, and injury-free. He had mono in 2008; he started losing some. He gets better in 2009; he starts winning again. It's as simple as that. Okay, maybe you're right. Injuries are important and Federer's been remarkably healthy. His losses in 2008-9 may have been down to the lingering effects of glandular fever, the improved play of rivals Nadal, Murray, and Djokovic, or simply a lack of confidence coming from either or both of these sources.
It's true that he's back to his winning ways again and that even in 2008 he wasn't so ill that his run of consecutive major semi-final appearances was broken (it now stands at an astonishing 23-and-counting). It's all very impressive, but remember nothing lasts forever. Besides, injuries aren't the only problem to come with ageing. Federer's been on the pro tour since 1998–i.e. this is his thirteenth year as a professional tennis player. How long can he really stay motivated? Most guys are already in the twilight of their career after ten, and I challenge you to find anyone who’s still winning tournaments after fifteen years as a pro.
That's easy: Agassi. Oh.
Ken Rosewall made the finals of the US Open and Wimbledon at the age of 39.
Andre Agassi dropped out of the world's top 100 in 1997. Two years later he was world number one. Eight years later he reached his last major final, at the age of 35! He won 5 of his 8 slams in that 'second career' and 8 of his 17 ATP Master's Series/World Tour 1000 trophies. He stayed pretty motivated. I was hoping you'd forgotten about him. And Agassi's a bad example anyway–he was rarely fully-focused for more than a year at a time before he came back from tennis oblivion. It's not a fair comparison.
Don't make me bring out Rosewall. Okay, okay–let's just agree on one thing, shall we? Federer might keep on winning for years to come, if he stays healthy and motivated.
Which he will. Which he might. Come back in five years – eight years. Come back in eight years and we’ll talk again. Agreed?
Until then, we can just agree to disagree, okay?
I don’t agree to that.
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Squash Shot: Emergency Response Shot with Effect
Today's players are fitter, moving better, covering far more court, and able to hit shots that can get them out of trouble. A shot today, that we seldom saw professionals hit a decade ago, is the “Squash Shot. This shot is hit on the run on the forehand side, when a player is stretched wide. The shot is usually hit with a slapping motion of the wrist, and usually with a lot of slice. Dave Smith shows you how it's done.
Returning Break Points
Jim McLennan talks about the art of winning and specifically returning on breakpoint. The ability to successfully convert breakpoints as much as anything else is often the determining factor in the winning or losing of a match. The Federer/Nadal rivalry is a classic illustration of this concept. Federer's inability to convert a high percentage of breakpoints in the add court has often led to his defeat. Here Jim offers some tips and strategies about converting these often match deciding points.
ProStrokes 2.0 – Tomas Berdych's Forehand
This young man from the Czech Republic, with the massive forehand, has been on tour since 2002. He turned pro at the tender age of 16, has amassed over $5 million dollars in prize money, and reached a career high ranking of 9th in 2007. Currently ranked 23rd, Tomas is a dangerous "floater" in any draw, capable of big wins and unexpected upsets. In 2009 he held wins over Safin, Cilic, Davydenko, Blake, and Wawrinka. Elegant ground game, two fisted backhand, Tomas is still young enough to become a solid competitor within the top 10.
TennisOne Writers Store
One of your many new benefits as a TennisOne membership is your ability to purchase selected instructional DVDs at 20% off ($7.50 off each) in our new TennisOne Writers Store (login in first to access members links):
- "Building Your Ground Game," Jim McLennan Members – Public
- "Building a Kick Serve," Jim McLennan Members – Public
- "Achieving Peak Performance the Wholistic Way: The Mental Game," Happy Bhalla Members – Public
- "Building a World Class Serve," Phil Dent Members – Public
- "Building a World-class Volley," Dave Smith Members – Public
- "Best of Ken DeHart," Ken DeHart Members – Public
- "Corrective Techniques & Myths," Ken DeHart Members – Public
- "Defeating the Monsters in Your Mind," Ken DeHart Members – Public
- "Skills, Drills and Games for Beginning Players," Ken DeHart Members – Public.
- "Drills for Intermediate Players," Ken DeHart Members – Public
- "Drills for Advanced Players," Ken DeHart Members – Public.
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