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Service comparison: Djorkovic vs Federer

September 10th, 2007

Djorkovic has what I consider to be the best “classic” serve. As you can see clearly in this video, it is compact and hence repeatable. It is a three-step move, (down, up, hit!) and the ball toss is completely vertical. Check it out:

Compare Djorkovic’s serve to Federer’s:

His move is fluid so it’s hard to say how many steps it is. Also, he loops his ball toss! Most instructors will kill you for doing this, because it is so hard to repeat. But for Federer, it gives him a great advantage: he can achieve different spins and placements off the same toss depending on how and when he chooses to strike the ball. In contrast, Djorkovic will vary his toss too to change spins and placements but his opponent can tell before he hits it what he is likely to be doing.

Well, I guess yesterday’s result shows that the loopy toss is the best if you are as good as Federer. I’m not, so I’m working on the straight and narrow!

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