Daniil Medvedev Forehand

Analyzed by John Yandell

Does anyone really enjoy watching Medvedev's forehand?

Yes, Daniil Medmedev won the U.S. Open. But does anyone really enjoy watching him hit the ball? If he was the only player you could watch, I might stop watching pro tennis.

We put up a little inconclusive You Tube video about his forehand in the Forum a few months ago. (Click Here.) But what You Tube video isn't inconclusive?

But now we have some great high speed footage that allows us to create a comprehensive picture of his forehand. It's not pretty. It violates some of the key metrics that other great players share and that we have documented over the years. (Click Here to see a more comprehensive portrait this month in the Interactive Forum.)

But I think it's important to understand the forehand of the player who is currently at or close to the top of the game. My conclusion is that talent and determination are more important in his success than technique.

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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