Once again, I need help against a pusher

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  1. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

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    OK, I've been beating this guy for the past 2 years, but now he's gotten used to my strokes and net play. I'm trying to trade with him, but he's getting back everything and although I still beat him, it's getting increasingly difficult to put him away. I trade with him in the backcourt, we rally too long. I go to net on him, he's been lobbing and passing. I hit with pace, he gets them back, I hit softer, he gets them back. His anticipation and returns have improved to the point where it's difficult to get ue on him these days, but he's still a pusher because he doesn't hit with heavy pace and he hates the net. Please help a brother out in putting this guy away instead of hitting extra shot after extra shot.
     
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  2. armand

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    If he's getting used to you, you should be getting used to him. Use your 'knowledge' to drop shot him.
    Happy hunting!
     
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  3. varuscelli

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    Hire some guy to club him in the knee with a collapsible police baton and you'll skate your way to glory (er, figuratively speaking). ;)
     
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  4. mahouFuji

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    make the pusher run get him tired... then KILL him!!!
     
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  5. kevhen

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    Didn't you win like 200 sets in a row against this guy? Why don't you play better players so that you are forced to work on improving your game? Otherwise these weak players are just going to catch up with you as your game stagnates. Sounds like he is getting more balls back and you aren't sure how to finish him off anymore. Bring him to net with dropshots and short slice if he doesn't like to play up at the net.
     
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  6. newnuse

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    Is he a "dinker"? There is some confusion between a Pusher and a Counter Puncher. I'm assuming he is a Dinker sort of player.

    It sounds like he is making you play his game. You can't out dink a dinker. You need to be very aggressive against him. Don't go for big winners since it's hard to do against no pace. He sharp angles and approach. Move him around.... play smart. Approach but don't get too close to the net since he will lob it. Pray you overhead holds up.

    If he is a poor volleyer, hit short slices and force him to come up. Try it on his weak 2nd serve. Blast the ball at him. Put the fear of god into him.
     
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  7. mucat

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    I notice something, but I have to vertify something else first. Is his last name Pong?
     
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  8. Slice Approach

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    The fact that he does not like the net is where you should focus. Normally I would concentrate on keeping the ball deep, but in this situation I would hit short shots often to get him out of his comfort zone. If he retreats, then my next shot would go hard and deep which should produce a weak reply and an attackable ball. If he comes into net then I would go right at him and make him volley the ball.
     
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  9. varuscelli

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    It's funny, though. In most cases, just as we try to (and expect to) improve against others, they also try to (and expect to) improve against us. Occasionally, it's the other guy whose game improves more than our own, in a relative sense. Doesn't necessarily mean he'll be able to beat you, but he sure might be able to close the gap. It's certainly happened to me on a number of occasions, and likewise I've done the same to others. Funny how the dynamics of self-improvement and the improvements on the part of others manifest themselves at game time. But it's not something I'd want myself to get too worked up about (a thing that's probably easier said than done, though, in terms of not wanting someone you used to beat easily to be able to close the gap that much).
     
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  10. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    Completely agree. nice post varuscelli. Byt the way, how is that turtle coming along?
     
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  11. varuscelli

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    Ha! He's still surfing and I haven't been able to get him to come in long enough to get a racquet into his hands.

    But it's one of my next projects, right after these guys (notice how they both prefer the same racquet?):

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  12. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

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    too funny! That's awesome!
     
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  13. varuscelli

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    It's part of the "Who I Played Tennis with on My Alaskan Cruise" series (the pirates and the guys who just wear shirts like pirates).

    Also known as the "Sweat Wicking Clothes for Pirates Who Play Tennis and Pirate Wannabes Who Play Tennis" series. ;)
     
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