Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Andy Roddick Spectacular Shot

Andy Roddick called it the "best shot I've ever hit in my life." Considering it was a tournament-winning, Boris Becker-style, all-out dive for a winner that gave him his 30th career title and a tense victory over an up-and-coming star, it's not just hyperbole.


The miracle shot capped a thrilling 7-6 (5), 6-7 (11), 7-5 Roddick victory over Milos Raonic in the finals of the ATP 500 event in Memphis. If Roddick doesn't get to the ball or hit it in play, Raonic, the big-hitting 20-year-old Canadian would have been serving at deuce to get into a decisive tiebreak.

But, oh, did he get to it: Nobody was as surprised at the end result as Roddick: "I played a pretty good point before that. Just making the return, you get disheartened when he doesn't miss the next ball because it's tough to get a serve back. He had a great volley there. I don't really remember much else besides the fact that I went for the ball, I hit it, I didn't really think much of it. Then I heard people cheering. I was like, ‘No, there's no way that went in.' I guess it did."

Raonic was equally impressed. After the match he said he was proud to be on the receiving end of such a spectacular point and that he looked forward to seeing himself on YouTube as a result. With bloody knees and elbows, Roddick accepted the winner's trophy in Memphis for a third time. On Monday, he withdrew from a scheduled tournament in Delray Beach. I'd say he deserves the rest.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Yonex RDiS 100 Mid

Offering a crisp response from all areas of the court, this player's racquet rewards those with solid technique. Those with the ability to utilize the mass of this racquet will find excellent plough through from the baseline. Our playtesters found lots of bite from the stringbed and a very crisp feel. Spin production comes easily and our testers were finding lots of hop on topspin shots and plenty of bite on slice shots.

At net the racquet feels very crisp and clean providing lots of feedback for touch and placement shots. The stiff frame result in a high level of stability and lots of pop from the sweetspot of the racquet. Best suited to advance players.

Head Size:93 sq. in. / 600 sq. cm.
Length: 27 inches / 69 cm
Strung Weight: 12.1oz / 343g
Balance: 8pts Head Light
Composition: High Modulus Graphite / Elastic Titanium / CS Carbon Nanotube
Power Level: Low
Swing Speed: Fast
String Tension: 50-65 pounds
Player Using This Racquet : Lleyton Hewit
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