Playing a bit hitter

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by HappyLefty, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. HappyLefty

    HappyLefty Professional

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    Hi guys,
    I received a phone call from a player whom I loss semifinal last year in a Christmas Cup. (4-6; 5-7) He wants to play me this weekend and I need to be prepared for this challenge.

    His game style is as follow:
    Right handed baseliner.
    Sometimes (about 30% of the time) he goes to the net.
    Hard flat hitter
    Modest but safe 2H BH
    Excellent first flat server and a regular second one.
    NTPR (IMO) = 4.5

    My game style:
    Lefty
    Aggresive spin baseliner
    I don't use to play at the net
    Regular 2HBH
    Serve w/ spin
    NTPR (IMO) = 4.0

    To be honest, I don't want to loss again.
    What do you think is a good strategy to defeat him?

    Advices are welcome!!
     
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  2. lolsmash

    lolsmash Rookie

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    hit at his feet , make him run, tire him out. Aim your serves wide so hes off the court and you can hit the opposite direction returning it. Go to net more so you can put away easy shots and put pressure on him. Lob when he goes up to the net. If possible, use down the line shots by the allies.
     
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  3. Prince_of_Tennis

    Prince_of_Tennis Semi-Pro

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    Work his forehand with all sorts of spins try to see if you can find a weakness there. I'll give you some advice given to me "work the angles". If you say you have a spin baseline game, dictate points early. Stay consistent (lol I know a lot of people say this but this works) Go back to basics =) Oh don't forget have fun!
     
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  4. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

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    >Modest but safe 2H BH

    serve, return and play long to his BH, but with some variation
    if he comes to the net, pass and lob to the same side

    wrong foot him
    take the speed from the ball and see the effects on him
     
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  5. SageOfDeath

    SageOfDeath Guest

    I think there are all great strategies but keep in mind last year was a while ago..... people could change their game. Just keep that in mind and be able to adjust to a different styling of playing if he has changed.
     
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  6. PM_

    PM_ Professional

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    Well, you know what you have to do.
    Work your crosscourt magic to his bh.
    If he doesn't come to net often, bring him.
    If he's a flat hitter, run him all over the court so he doesn't do the same to you first.
     
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  7. HappyLefty

    HappyLefty Professional

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    Final result!

    Hi guys, I`m here just to upgrade.
    Guest what?, I won 4/6, 6/3, 7/6(6)
    My biggest problem was with his serve. It`s a rocket. first serve very hard, flat and difficult to return. Second one easier to return. If I could control it....
    It`s possible I play him in next Christmas Cup so I need to be prepared for this match and win more comfortable.
    I`ll ask my coach to prepare me for this kind of serve.
    Thanks all of you for your advices.
     
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  8. Congrats dude.
     
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  9. Indiantwist

    Indiantwist Semi-Pro

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    Congratulations on u r victory. Iam sure you can do it again (and again!).

    I know of one tip that will always work. believe in u r abilities and ability to Surprise your opponent. That will throw them off their game.

    Another good tip would be to get a Read on their game and Also of your own (whats working and whats not) early in the match.

    I play with some opponents who on the overall has more options for stroke making and are better rated. I mix up a lot. Its that element of surprise that forces them to take more risks (or feel complacent) and more error prone.
     
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  10. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

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    easy, ask coach to serve to you from the service line, not the baseline, that'll shape you up in short order:)
     
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  11. yes, and that will make your reaction time faster so you can get a racqut on it better.
     
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  12. HappyLefty

    HappyLefty Professional

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    Good tip. I'll do it.
     
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