Roger Federer is a great example of using all the Dimensions.
I don’t know anyone involved in tennis that doesn’t believe that Federer has an incredible serve. If we look at some statistics, then the reasons for his stroke being such a devastating weapon are surprising.
In the Wimbledon Final 2009, Federer defeated Roddick after a long 5th set.
In that match, Roddick averaged 127mph on the serve with a fastest serve of 143mph and he hit 27 Aces.
Federer averaged 118mph on the serve with a fastest serve of 135mph and he hit 50 Aces
Clearly speed (Time) is not the only issue here. Let’s look at how his service measures up using the 4 Dimensions of the serve
Time…That year Federer average serve was only 90th of the top 100 men on the ATP tour. So in the Bottom 10%!
Width… he was in the top 5% with his slice serve in the deuce court being almost unreachable, and the players who served wider than him were 6’4” tall or more
Height… Again, Federer is in the top 5% with a kick serve that travels way above most players comfort zone and a slice serve that bounces very low and provides a perfect set up for his volley
Depth… Federer was in the top 2% along with Nadal. Not just in keeping second serves deep, but also in shortening the depth, making angles that his opponents were not prepared for.
His use of the 4 Dimensions of the Service is amazing. If he was obsessed by speed in the way that most recreational and younger players are, then his service should give him an inferiority complex. Instead, it is one of the single biggest weapons in the history of tennis.