Hello folks, I am appealing to the knowledgeable folks on this board to help me properly prepare for a match. I just lost to the number one guy in our league. I will most likely (cross fingers) see him in the city playoffs and I want to beat this guy!!!. Match Score Me: 3 6 2 Him: 6 1 6 The scores are slightly misleading, each game and I mean each game with the exception of about 3 per match went to deuce. My opponent is probably the most consistent player I've ever played against. He hit every shot in the book. He was very consistent and played (n+1) tennis effectively. He is also the only person I know to consistently hit the top of the tape and get the ball to go over for "cheap" points (about 10 points during this match alone), the funny thing is though he doesn't hit with much top spin, maybe it's side spin, or slight underspin, but it's not top spin, the balls clear the tape and basically falls. I could not effectively drop shot and draw him into the net to put the ball away. In fact I only hit two drop shots that he didn't get too. The rest he treated as short balls. If and I mean if I hit any short ball (defined as anything not behind the service box), he did one or two things: Hit an extreme angle shot where I could not get to it from the baseline If I came in a bit, he would just pass me (my footwork was poor today for some reason if the volley wasn't above my shoulder and closer to the net. Baseline grinding worked about 50% of the time, the guy however simply plays n+1 tennis better than I do so long rallies usually didn't go in my favor. Now what worked well for me was aggressive attacking of the 2nd serve. He had very poor first serve percentage. The guy basically dinked the 2nd serve over, so I would move into the court when he started his service motion, punch the ball deep and at his feet and when he popped it up I would hit the crap out of the ball on the overhead. I only missed 4 overheads that match It also worked well to try and drive the ball deep and into his body as much as possible. I don't want to ramble further but any constructive feedback would greatly be appreciated. I would definitely be open to answering any questions you might have. PS: I'm a 3.5 player who will move up to 4.0 at the conclusion of this season. My tennis pro says that I play at a 4.0 level, but I do not consistently win matches at that level (hence I've been playing 3.0 for a year and then 3.5 for a year to work on consistently winning matches before I move up. To me it doesn't make sense to play at a higher level if your not consistently winning at a lower level. This guy was in my 3.5 league.