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Does anyone know who Andy's regular hitting partners are?

I just wondered, after watching the final with Djokovic last week, if he regularly practiced with Djokovic, what impact this would have on his game?  No one else can really come close to the pair of them going at it, in terms of defence, retrieving and endurance in rallies. 

Do the reasons for not practicing with your greatest rival really outweigh the potential advantages?



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Born2WinTennis wrote:

Does anyone know who Andy's regular hitting partners are?

I just wondered, after watching the final with Djokovic last week, if he regularly practiced with Djokovic, what impact this would have on his game?  No one else can really come close to the pair of them going at it, in terms of defence, retrieving and endurance in rallies. 

Do the reasons for not practicing with your greatest rival really outweigh the potential advantages?


For someone like Murray who is adept at defensive game style, the answer is a categoric YES for "Do the reasons for not practising with your greatest rival really outweigh the potential advantages?". Unless he uses such sessions to specifically try out some aggressive/offensive play to see what might work against Djokovic, I really don't see the point. On the contrary, it is of huge benefit to Djokovic (who attacks and defends in equal measure) in all aspects.



-- Edited by TennisLover on Saturday 24th of October 2015 01:47:39 PM

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TennisLover wrote:
Born2WinTennis wrote:

Does anyone know who Andy's regular hitting partners are?

I just wondered, after watching the final with Djokovic last week, if he regularly practiced with Djokovic, what impact this would have on his game?  No one else can really come close to the pair of them going at it, in terms of defence, retrieving and endurance in rallies. 

Do the reasons for not practicing with your greatest rival really outweigh the potential advantages?


For someone like Murray who is adept at defensive game style, the answer is a categoric YES for "Do the reasons for not practising with your greatest rival really outweigh the potential advantages?". Unless he uses such sessions to specifically try out some aggressive/offensive play to see what might work against Djokovic, I really don't see the point. On the contrary, it is of huge benefit to Djokovic (who attacks and defends in equal measure) in all aspects.



-- Edited by TennisLover on Saturday 24th of October 2015 01:47:39 PM


 I remember Andy saying sometime ago (maybe a few years) that he used to practice with Nole as they were friends and it made it easier for them to get a show court to practice on (the higher the combined ranking the easier). He said that they hit and practiced stuff, but didn't talk about their tactics. I've no clue whether this is still valid.

I guess it's a pretty hard one to call. You need someone good enough to get your shots back and make life hard for you, but you don't want them to get used to your weapons. It is beneficial to practiced with someone abit better than yourself, so from that perspective it's probably good. Arguably it's Andy's head that lets him down not his physical game which would make my last point moot.



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