Played a couple of singles matches lately and I've been finding ways of winning which I don't like, feels like I'm cheating/pushing. I've turned in to the guy that everyone hates to play against, and I don't like that kind of "fame". I never wanted to be that kind of player, but I don't know what else to do in this case. If I try to play like Roger Federer, I lose. I'm a 3.0 btw. These are USTA matches, and my opponents are better players than I am. They have better strokes, can hit better angles, harder serves and much more spin than I have. I always start the match trying to go toe to toe with them. I try to hit as hard as they do, I try to hit the same angles that they hit, and I try to serve as hard as they do. But all my shots go out, I can't keep them in play, and I double fault may way to losses. I end up losing the first set around 6-1. I then get nervous and change my game. I stop going for the angles, i stop trying for winners. I just hit the ball back right at them with the same pace that they give me, I don't' try to add any more pace than what was given to me. I don't try for extreme direction changes. I just play high % tennis. My backhand is a slice, nice and low over the net usually. My serve is a slice serve @ around 35 mph, so its an easy sitter. I then go on to win the 2nd set and the 3rd set tie break because I find that I can hit 10 to 12 shots in a row -- I don't care how long the rally goes, because I can keep it going for ever, it seems. My opponents get frustrated and try to end the point quickly, but that only increases their unforced errors. My 2nd and 3rd set wins are almost all earned from their UEs. Obviously, this tactic will not work if I go 3.5 someday (i doubt i will though), as 3.5 players can hit 10 shot rallies with no problem. Soon, I'll be faced with opponents that don't hit many UEs, and eventually they will wear me out with their superior fitness levels and concentration. Therefore, to stop these embarrassing wins, I want to take lessons so I can start to win matches through better skill as opposed to pushing. Any tips on what I should try to work on? How should I approach a tennis coach with this problem? I don't have a very obvious problem, or one that is easy to put into words... especially if the coach looks up my USTA record and sees that I'm winning. I need the coach to realize that it's not just the results that matter, but the quality of the tennis as well. anyway, just felt like venting, thanks.