My assessment Posted on July 14, 2017 at 00:29:42 AM by Jim
I just saw the video posted on youtube (didn't see it live), and as I always say, whoever has the forehand in the backcourt has a massive advantage at this level. So, I decided to count as I watched. In set 1, Lopez caught 14 forehands, and scored with 4. Errandonea caught 2, and only because he was forced into them. He didn't have time to run around them. But I will say his left side looks super good. He just needs to learn forehand catching and returns at this level. Granted, his frontcourter was way off, and the pairings were a mismatch. Two totally different talents levels. #1 seed vs say #22.
In the 2nd set, Lopez took 13 forehands to Errandonea's 3, all of which were forced forehands for Errandonea.
At any rate, clearly Aritz was placing the forehand rebote with absolute crystal clean power. Never seen a player throw a left side rebote and get the pelota react like a forehand picada was thrown. I've always said that about him. It's the best shot in the game right now, truly, apart from Goiko's forehand rebote cortada, which no one really attempts but him
Super short match, but still nice to watch. As most of you said, Lopez was playing maybe 3/4 pace, and STILL placing the pelota dead on. He has always been one to vary the pace, something that is hard to do, and still play offensively. What a player. Replies: