Beware the deft drop shot of tennis’ hottest new star!
Carlos Alcaraz struck 50 drop photographs en path to profitable the Miami Open introduced by Itau lately, profitable a staggering 70 per cent (35/50) of them. It was a shocking show of off-pace technique that completely complemented the 18-year-old’s highly effective groundstrokes that sizzled at occasions greater than 100 mph via the Miami warmth. As he embarks on the European clay-court season, count on him to proceed his dual-threat tactic.
An Infosys ATP Past The Numbers evaluation of Alcaraz’s 50 Miami drop photographs recognized that the Spaniard acquired off to a near-perfect begin in his first 4 matches, profitable 18 of his first 19 drop photographs, together with profitable 16 in a row. The next breakdown uncovers his prowess with the drop shot in opposition to his six Miami opponents.
Alcaraz Drop Photographs Per Match
Forehand vs. Backhand
Most gamers choose their main drop shot to come back from the backhand wing, as they will conceal the change of grip behind their again to disguise their intentions higher. Alcaraz is a unique animal. His most well-liked drop shot got here from his forehand aspect in Miami, the place he hit 30, profitable a powerful 73% (22) of them. He hit 20 drop photographs from his backhand, profitable 65% (13/20).
The rationale the Alcaraz forehand works so nicely as a drop shot is that it sometimes follows a crushing forehand groundstroke that pushes the opponent nicely again behind the baseline onto the again foot. The Spaniard then strains up for a repeat blow and cleverly adjustments to a drop shot on the final second with good disguise.
The opponent expects a rocket and as a substitute finds themselves chasing a feather.
Alcaraz hit 18 clear drop shot winners in Miami, with 13 coming from his forehand aspect. He solely made seven drop shot errors within the internet, with 5 coming from a backhand and two from a forehand.
Serving vs. Receiving
Alcaraz was twice as more likely to make use of a stealthy drop shot when serving over receiving.
Drop Photographs When Serving = 34
Drop Photographs When Receiving = 16
Alcaraz received 74 per cent (25/34) when he hit a drop shot when serving and 63 per cent (10/16) when he hit a drop shot when returning. It seems the serve, similar to the ability forehand, supplies a hidden “help” for the success of the drop shot.
Alcaraz’s solely three-set match was a 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over Kecmanovic within the quarters. Alcaraz went to the drop shot 10 occasions within the deciding third set, profitable six. He doubled down on the drop shot within the third set tie-break, profitable three of 4, together with two forehand drop photographs that have been clear winners.
The one match the place the drop shot proved ineffective was within the last in opposition to Ruud, the place Alcaraz solely received 36 per cent (4/11). It’s not a stretch to think about Ruud was prepared for it since Alcaraz had received a powerful 79 per cent (31/39) with drop photographs in his first 5 matches.
Alcaraz’s thunderous groundstrokes at all times impress. Then you definately uncover his dexterous means to drop shot, particularly in important moments of a match. With Alcaraz, the specter of baseline energy at all times places a shock drop shot squarely on the desk.
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