MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – In an age which players bang away from the baseline, France’s Michael Llodra is a man who stands alone – at the net. He remains one of the last pure serve and volley players on the ATP World Tour.
When I asked him about this in a news conference, Llodra replied, “I am the last one, no?”
“I learned tennis, I play like this, my idol was (Stephan) Edberg and (Henri) Leconte. For me it’s too difficult to play from the baseline. It’s boring.” Does he think serve and volley will ever make a comeback:”I don’t know it’s difficult,” said the 6’3″ Frenchman, “because now all the surfaces are slow.”
“So when when you want to play good you have to serve well. And also you have to be good because serve and volley over five sets. It’s getting difficult to do serve and volley” says the 31-year-old left hander who reached a career high rank in singles of 21 in September 2011.
On Thursday the 46th-ranked Llodra survived being broken four times i