IN MEDIA RES
- Looking at some ideas in this analysis of Diego Schwartzman’s forehand, working on the high five preparation to the side with the off-racket hand.
- Still puzzling over the lag concept – not really sure that I have it right yet. I seem to grip too tight and constrict the wrist flex. Working on it.
- Had some success with a sort of flat take back, racket face parallel with the ground and then collapsing the wrist down to the ground first ahead of the frame – I got some lag – still too new to say
- The big takeaway is the timing of the split jump on their hit – I had been landing on their hit – this is better, especially on serves.
Backhand – still working on the two hander. Theres’s progress, but it’s still tentative.
Serve – I’ve been using a Roddick-like truncated serve prep for a long time, but I’m trying to rebuild with a full first back upswing, dropping into trophy position, timing the drop with the knee bend.
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Aron, 8:30-10 – 6-4, 10-8 tie break
- Very humid today, Aron is a major schvitzer and had a lot of trouble with his grip
- I worked on the new split but tended to forget as points progressed
- New serve inconsistent, finally gave up and went with the old one
- Forehand return a topspin block, backhand a two hander with a slice if forehand side
- It’s a rarity that I end up at Aron at the end, and it’s usually due to some breakdown on his side. Like today.