Stefanos Tsitsipas says he is determined to reintroduce serve and volley into tennis after his brilliant ATP Finals win over Daniil Medvedev.
Tsitsipas overcame the former world number one 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in Turin, and the variation in his game was a key element of the victory.
And, according to the world number three, it’s something he has deliberately been working on.
“I have improved my serve over the course of the past few years. I think that is the reason why I am able to do that a bit more comfortably and with confidence.
“I come to the net much smoother and more relaxed on the serve, which in the past, I think, I believe was slightly different, the more the match went through.
“I would say the serve, the volleys, I put a lot of work in simplifying it without swinging too much. It has helped me to be more consistent and finding the right spots when I come in”
When Tsitsipas arrived in the ATP he was seen as a fresh throwback to the serve and volley days, and he was even loosely compared to Roger Federer for that reason in some quarters.
He admits he has been pulled away from that type of tennis, but it’s something he wants to get back.
“For sure serve and volley is something that can be added to my game. I have been using it a bit more than before. I have been using it on clay. Not as much as let’s say in recent years. Two, three years ago I used it a lot.
“I am working day by day to introduce it back into my game, to have pretty much my opponent guessing a bit more, not get comfortable every single time. I think the tactic is fun for fans. It has been lost over the years in our sport. Not many players do that anymore.
“It’s a beautiful kind of transition from the serve to the net. It introduces so many things. It’s tennis modernized, but at the same time keeping its aggressive elements of the game”.
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