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Soderling vs. Harrison (the young American hopeful) at 2011 Brisbane





This is a very short highlight youtube of the match. Ryan Harrison really has a serve motion reminiscent of Sampras. He has good volleys and ventured into the net against the thundering Sod's forehands. Those forehands were on the mark on the passes against Harrison, and kept Harrison pinned to the baseline, watching them go by. A good effort by the young American, but look at those emphatic last two serves by Soderling. Bigger serves than Harrison's own.


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Comment by Tim Prapong on January 5, 2011 at 1:15am

He looks physically bigger than the 19 year old Sampras. Maybe you're right, Mike.

But I still say those groundies need more depth, more closed face and greater extension.

Comment by Tim Prapong on January 5, 2011 at 1:10am
I wish I saw the entire match and see that Jason. Hopefully, youtube will have it soon.
Comment by Jason Rudokas on January 4, 2011 at 7:42pm
Harrison had a few pretty good cracks at Soderlings second serve
Comment by Tim Prapong on January 4, 2011 at 6:14pm

Yeah, Harrison's groundies just aren't as penetrating. He doesn't have as low and wide a base as Soderling. I believe Soderling's long coil windup really adds tons of weight on the ball.

You can see Harrison's forehand is more upright and not as wide a coil. It looks more like a compact serve and volleyer's forehand. It's going to hurt him if he keeps it that way.

Plus, his double hander doesn't come forward enough in this clip. It is not forward in the strike zone like Nadal, Del Potro, Agassi or Connors. He goes upwards too much.

Comment by Mark / The Mayor on January 4, 2011 at 6:07pm
Good review.  In addition it seems that Harrison needs to hit deeper.   He needs to use his forehand as a weapon more too.

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