The following observations are of course my personal view and do not claim to be the “truth”!
Here comes Ruwen Filus (Germany):
Another great match against Ovtcharov. Being able to occasionally chop back slow spinny topspins down his forehand with the long pimples would have made the difference in my opinion.
- Good footwork and physical fitness
- Good forehand topspin against chop and counter topspin
- Good blocking with long pimples against slow topspins or blocks of opponent
- Good use of pimples-in when taking serves
- Good backhand topspin on pushes
- Good backhand serves
- defense with backhand often comes back too high or too long (this improved recently, that why I edited the video from the Polish Open 2012)
- not enough backspin in backhand defense due to wrong pimples (my personal view)
- is often too far behind the table thus giving the opponent too much time to get into position for next topspin or smash
- on topspin into his forehand he is rarely defending, but also not counterattacking or counterspinning in a dangerous manner but just slow blocking the ball back thus risking getting “hammered” by next topspin or smash
- weakness when confronted with a topspin into his body, particularely from left handers.
- forehand push on tricky serves fails too often
- forehand push has not enough backspin to force the opponent to “lift” his topspin up rather than “hammering” it.
- He should practice more defending with the forehand (also occasionally with long pimples)
- forehand push or chop needs to have more backspin
- should concentrate more on consistently defending with heavy chop on the backhand rather than trying to block so much with the pimples. Better players are not vulnerable to this anyway.
- using the pimples-in on the backhand when pushing should produce better placed pushes with much more backspin in order to prevent too fast topspins from the opponent.
- when trying to block a topspin he should consider using the pimples-in and try to smash block (mostly down the line, when playing right handers).