Fan Fuel on ATP : Can big servers make a difference?

Fan Fuel's Wasim Parkar looks at five things that Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic might want to improve on in order to become a contender for a Grand Slam title.


As the dust settles on an absorbing men’s championship at Wimbledon, it’s time to look forward to the summer season by asking some burning questions as we head into the North American leg of the ATP Tour.

Can any of the big servers make a difference this summer?

The men’s game is littered with tall players who have the combo of big serve and forehand. The question is whether any of them can genuinely step up and challenge the top players and possibly cause an upset.

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On current form, Jerzy Janowicz is best placed to do so. The Wimbledon semi-finalist certainly has the confidence to do so; however there are areas of his game that still need a lot of improvement. Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga always look promising before freezing on the big stage. Milos Raonic still has a long way to go to justify the hype, and needs to develop his all-round game to complement his fearsome serve.

Despite their big games, it’s highly unlikely that any of the aforementioned players will seriously challenge for honours this summer, as their lack of variety and inability to maintain a high standard for the whole duration of a match plays into the hands of top four. David Ferrer and Del Potro have better all-round games, and it is these two who will pose the biggest challenge to the favourites.

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