Andy Roddick Criticizes Carlos Alcaraz’s Lack of Serve Evolution

Iker Kind 07/02/2024 at 6:25 p.m. CET

Andy Roddickformer world number 1 and one of the best punches of this century, has criticized the little evolution of Carlos Alcaraz’s service in the last two years. “His serve leaves a lot to be desired. When he won in 2022 in Miami, he began to register serves of more than 210 kilometers per hour. Now it does not exceed 200.”

Alcaraz He is the first to have stated on more than one occasion the need to improve his serve. Currently, players like SinnerMedvedev, Zverev, o hasta Djokovic They surpass the Spaniard in the speed of their services, a difficulty with which they also coexisted Nadal throughout his career.

The former playerthrough his own podcast, too He questioned the Murcian’s game. “It’s not not even a very powerful punch nor someone who can cause excessive discomfort with changes in height, speed and spin. He serves well with spin from the advantage side, but beyond that he fails to put the receiver in trouble.”

A great punch

Roddick held the record for the circuit’s fastest service for 8 years, after reaching 245 km/h in a Davis Cup match. In addition, the former tennis player from Austin is the fifth player with the most aces in historyexceeding 9,000 in his entire career.

Despite the disadvantage that Spanish tennis players usually live with, the second fastest service in history currently performed by Alexander Davidovich, tennis player from Malaga and current number 24 in the ranking, reaching 252 km/h. The surprising thing is that he achieved that service in the Rome Masters 1000a tournament that is played on a surface like clay that does not usually allow as many aces.

That Alcaraz is not a great server is corroborated by the statistics and by himself. Since the Spanish tennis player has been part of the ATP circuit, the Murcian has accumulated 83% of games and 66% of points won with his serve. The success with his first service is a line to improve, placing himself at a modest 65% effective.

Even so, Alcaraz, at 20 years old, can boast of having more Grand Slams than Andy Roddick throughout his career. The American won his only major in the 2003 US Open. Carlos knows that he must improve his service to be more complete and harmful. Even so, for now, with a title in Wimbledon y un US Openit’s not going bad.

2024-02-07 17:25:17
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