Indian Wells is showing how close the field is in terms of technique.

Many players are now severely challenging the top players, especially on the men’s side.

The modern techniques, open stance, tracking the ball in front, hitting up and across with a lot of topspin are almost universal.

Even players with a closed-stance two-handed backhand know instinctively how to unstick the front foot to relieve the physical stress of such position.

Their sideways stance may be more of a habit that an asset, most likely instilled by early coaching.

Even volleys and serves are now hit across more than scooping through.

More on these points during the remainder of the tournament.

Oscar Wegner,

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