Tall Romanian from Arad, Marius Copil (*1990 / ROM) has been always a very talented player, probably even too talented for his own good. So, I remember seeing him at the 2008 French Open Junior event and witnessing how he counted on his talented hands, mainly on the forehand side, more than on the optimal/efficient body activity in all of his strokes. After over 7 years on tour, in which his ATP Tour ranking was moving in the range of 120-300, Marius has finally made a breakthrough into the top 100 in the middle of 2017. His best result yet came at the ATP 500 Swiss Indoors in Basel a few days ago, as he was able to qualify into the main event and to make it all the way into the main draw finals where he narrowly lost to the local hero Roger Federer (SUI). This helped him to reach his career high of top 60.
In his impressive Basel campaign, Marius was able to beat four (4) top 100 and also two (2) top 10 players. Clearly, his biggest weapon in Basel was his service, which I would currently consider as probably the cleanest Service 3.0 with a perfect helix form on the ATP Tour. Copil surely profits in his service from a tall body with long extremities but at 191 cm (6’3”) he can be considered as not that extremely tall player when comparing him to the likes of John Isner, Milos Raonic, Kevin Anderson or Marin Cilic. It was clearly visible in his two-set winning Basel match against the significantly taller top 10 player Marin Cilic (CRO) who brings with his 198 cm (6’6”) even more impressive bodily parameters to the court, that an almost perfect service technique leading to an optimal and well-targeted body energy unloading is superior to a less perfect unloading of a taller player as Copil’s 1st services have been mostly some 25 km/h (15 mph) faster than the ones from taller Cilic during this particular match.
The first three (3) photos below are from Copil’s 1st round winning qualification Basel match against Misha Zverev (GER), the following photos are from his 2nd round winning main draw match against Marin Cilic (CRO).
Marius Copil (*1990 / ROM) – 1st service 3.0 in a match – ad side – 1 of 1 – follow through 1 – practically an ideal well-targeted long-axis pronation with a perfect helix form as a sign of an optimal body energy transfer and its unloading against the target – ATP 500 Basel / Switzerland – October 2018
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