After his 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory, Murray explained in a post-match press conference the unusual shot used more frequently by his friend and fellow tennis star Nick Kyrgios. The decision to do so was a strategic one. One.
Curiously, Murray’s execution of the serve wasn’t particularly accurate, the shot was too high and too long, but he won the point.
“He [Duckworth] Changed his return position, so I did,” Murray told reporters. “He was standing very close to the return. He was struggling a bit on his first serve return, so he probably stepped back two meters. As soon as I saw him step back, I threw the underarm serve in.
“I personally don’t have a problem with players using it. I never have. Of course, more and more players are starting to return from the front, now finding themselves back behind the baseline.” To give.
“The underarm serve is a way of saying, ‘If you’re going to step back in there, I’m probably going to throw it in.'”
There seems to be an unusual belief among a small minority of tennis fans that an underhand serve is offensive to the opposing player in some way. Murray disagrees.
“I don’t know why people have found it potentially offensive,” he said. “I never understood it. It’s a legitimate way to serve. If someone was standing on the baseline I’d never use an underarm serve because I think it’s a stupid idea because they’re going to track it down.” And it’s easy to get.
“If they’re standing four or five meters behind the baseline, why wouldn’t you do it to try to bring them forward if they’re not comfortable returning there? Tactically, it’s a smart play. No one says no.” That’s humiliating for someone to come back. Try to get an advantage from six meters, whatever, five meters behind the baseline.
“So I used it not to be disrespectful to them but to say: ‘If you’re going to go back and forth to return the service to give yourself more time, I’m going to take advantage of that.