Dimitrij ovtcharov backhand serve

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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Asked 1 week ago

I noticed these few days that dimitrij ovcharov has developed a backhand serve that seems quite simple to read. I thought the top players are most likely gonna crunch through that serve but somehow he actually disrupts their momentum quite well. What's happening there? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 week ago

Hi Jasper,

It is a serve he has used for a long time. It looks simple but he gets some good variation and angles on the serve to make it difficult.

He generates a lot of spin and deception with the extreme turn that he gets.

We have a tutorial on it.  Take a look at the Ovtcharov serve tutorial.


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Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 week ago

I think u thought i was talking about his signature backhand serve?....


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 week ago

Yes Jasper.  I haven't seen a new serve.


Jasper Low

Jasper Low Posted 1 week ago

Well he has a new serve but he doesn't really use it that much 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 1 week ago

Ah yes, I have seen it in his match against Ma Long at the World Cup.  It is a very basic backspin serve but he puts the ball over very low and makes it difficult to attack.  He also has little speed on it which means that the receiver has to generate the speed to make a strong shot.  He uses it when he is down and needs a change up.

Sometimes the simple can be effective even at the highest level if it is a change and something that your opponent isn't ready for.



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