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great double dipping on the backhand --- January 23rd, 2017

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on the backhand shot you want to get your back knee and racquet head below flight path

quick transition --- January 22nd, 2017

we do drill work on coming off the serve and serve return with quickness- watching the Aussie open this is one of the level separators– McEnroe said the top players transition with great urgency

our man Richard --- January 22nd, 2017

Day 7 starts with sunny weather and an 86F forecast.
First up for me today is Herbert/Mahut vs Inglot/Mergea on Hisense. I/M take an easy 6-2 first set. I’m joined by my English friend Katie.
I/M break and are serving for the match at 5-4. Good drama as they save 5 break points and lose 3 match points before being broken. They then lose 5-7 on a double fault by Mergea.
It gets worse as the French team takes the opening 3 games and wins the 3rd 6-2.
I head to RLA where Barthel is at 3-4 against Venus. Venus takes the first 6-3. The 2nd is closer but Venus finally takes it 6-5. She seems generally happy to be here.
Next up is Murray vs Mischa Zverev and Michael enjoys the baking sun we have today. Andy gets the first break to go up 3-1. Mischa breaks right back. Murray saves 2 break points at 3-3 before holding. Zverev goes down 3-5 but recovers to 5-5
then breaks and holds for 7-5.
In the 2nd Andy staves off 3 break points to put Mischa down 0-3. We get another trade of breaks for 2-3 but Andy breaks a second time for 4-2. He drops serve again and Zverev serves at 3-4 and we get to 4-5, 0-40. Zverev saves 4 set points before we get to 5-5. Andy yells Yes and Lets go and takes the set 7-5.
Andy gets in big trouble early in the 3rd and loses it 6-2.
Mischa gets a break in the first game and holds 4 times. At 3-5 Andy is two points from loss 3 times but holds. Zverev holds for the match. Have both top seeds ever been beaten in a major by the 3rd round before? Amazing play from Zverev.
We join with Katie and get in to Hisense with Tsonga serving at 6-7, 6-2, 2-1 against Evans. After a few games Katie and I leave for Roger vs Kei on RLA. He goes down 0-4 in under 20 minutes. Amazingly he fights back to force a tiebreaker but Kei prevails for 7-6. In the 2nd Roger breaks early, holds and wins 6-4. David tells me Roger is the second betting favorite behind Wawrinka now. Roger is. Brilliant in the 3rd, taking it 6-1. Amazing.
The 4th is tight. At 1-2 Kei holds after 8 deuces and then breaks Roger. It goes on serve and Kei wins 6-4 and we go to a 5th.
Roger takes the first 3 games, bless his heart. Kei must save two break points at 0-3 but holds. It goes on serve to 2-5. Kei holds and Roger holds at love for the match. It was delightful to see the stellar play.
It’s past 11:00 so we call it a day.
Cheers
Richard

CoCo and shots --- January 21st, 2017

CoCo said she has learned from Hingis to have better shot selection– she said she use to over think and get confused– when Connors work with Segura they put a pad of paper down and made a mark– on each shot there is a better shot to hit- a better place to hit to and a clear place where to reposition– you want to have multiple weapons but you must delineate when to use them– there is no 3 point play in tennis– you get no extra credit for degree of difficulty- so why not take your easiest response

more dipping --- January 20th, 2017

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you want the racquet head to dip below the incoming flight path to increase your low to highlands hit

go Roger --- January 20th, 2017

Every facet of Federer’s game was purring. He dropped 14 points in 14 service games – just two on his first serve – and denied the Czech a single break point. On return he was deadly, breaking four times, and strung a seven-game stretch together from 1-2 down in the first to lead by a set and a break with less than half an hour on the match clock.

Federer’s backhand, so often the barometer of his form and confidence, was devastating. Three stood out: the first drew a stunned expression from Berdych’s coach Goran Ivanisevic in the stands; the second, a return winner on the rise late in the second set, and the third on match point. Of his 40 winners, 10 came from his one-hander.