Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's verdicts on underarm serve as Andy Murray defends himself


The Spaniard, who notoriously stands very far behind the baseline to return, added: “Everybody knows internally if you are doing it in a good way or in a bad way. For me there is no discussion about that. It is part of the rules, you can do it 100 per cent. It is about yourself, if you feel good doing or not. Depends.”

Meanwhile, Federer was more forgiving of the underarm serve and admitted it was a good tactic after Kyrgios famously started using the serve in his matches back in 2019.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion said: “Underarm is definitely a tactic, I believe. Especially when guys are hugging the fence in the back. From that standpoint, [you] shouldn’t be ashamed if you try it out.”

However, the 40-year-old did admit that it was a difficult shot to pull out on the match court, as one that wasn’t commonly used by players in practice sessions.

He said: “[You] just look silly if you miss it sometimes. Why not try it? The problem is in practice, you never really try it. When you come out in the big stage in front of a full crowd, [it is] tricky to pull off.”



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