What is a serve plus 1? youtube.com/shorts/Cj0bhW3L-M4?si=7Uri6z0LSTL0KEpv
In this video by Tenfitmen you’ll see Dimitrov pound a first serve and then quickly get ready to attack the return of the receiver with aggressive court position and pound the ball for a winning shot.
The sequence begins with Dimitrov going through is serving ritual with a routine of leaning forward and pulling is right arm back. This rocking motion provides fluidity for his timing. From there, he rocks back, and then for forward, using a knee bend from a fixed platform stance, with a great left arm toss extension, a lagged racquet arm, finishing up high to the ball launch at 1 o’clock, landing into the court.
Upon landing into the court he quickly resets his feet behind the baseline, now ready for anything high or low fast or slow.
His first serve forced a high ball inside the baseline, where he then move forward with quick adjustments of the feet to hit off the right leg! This type of footwork allows for easier management of higher balls! From that load position he body slaps the ball for his plus 1.
This type of play is a Serve plus 1–big serve, big forehand!
To execute this play you have to force the up ball with a well located and or powerful serve, and have to develop your stance on the forehand to access higher ball contact points. These skills are fundamentals to high performance players.