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Mitz
06-28-2013, 09:53 AM
I think Ma Long is a incredible player, but one of the most amazing things of him is the amount of strange resources he has for some situation.

In the next video he performs a strange service in the match against ZJK


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl82Sn12_0g

bzing
06-28-2013, 11:44 AM
I like that mischevious expression on Ma Long's face when he does it haha trying to be sneaky and trick Zhang Jike because by that time I'm sure they knew each other playing styles and services well so it's hard to deceive. Service in TT is also about hiding your intentions and Ma Long does it well with his foxy face.

Matt Hetherington
06-28-2013, 02:29 PM
I've seen that serve done and sometimes I use it when I'm having fun matches :D Never in a proper match though, too risky for me :P

Dan
06-29-2013, 09:12 PM
Haha yes I've used this a few times for some fun, definitely not in a major match tho :) Ma Long was 5-0 and 3-1 down in sets so probably was quite annoyed at that and thought he would throw the serve in. I can't think of any other reasons of doing this. Maybe trying to break the game up or throw of Zhang Jikes flow...

Matt Hetherington
06-30-2013, 12:35 AM
Haha yes I've used this a few times for some fun, definitely not in a major match tho :) Ma Long was 5-0 and 3-1 down in sets so probably was quite annoyed at that and thought he would throw the serve in. I can't think of any other reasons of doing this. Maybe trying to break the game up or throw of Zhang Jikes flow...

Either that or he had no idea what else to do apart from be a clown and thought someone would make a video of it for youtube :P haha

kjanko
06-30-2013, 12:54 AM
Now try to serve this long in parallel while your partner expects a diagonal serve. Tried it today, only hit it the first time (luck), but the look of my opponent's face was priceless :D

UpSideDownCarl
06-30-2013, 03:14 AM
Haha yes I've used this a few times for some fun, definitely not in a major match tho :) Ma Long was 5-0 and 3-1 down in sets so probably was quite annoyed at that and thought he would throw the serve in. I can't think of any other reasons of doing this. Maybe trying to break the game up or throw of Zhang Jikes flow...

Yep, Ma Long knew the match was over so he figured, why not just get it over more quickly. It is a totally obvious serve where it cannot be anything but topspin. I don't think he was planning on winning any points with that serve. He did it a number of times in that last game of that match and lost most of those points.