Today I lost to an opponent I feel I should have beaten. It was very close, and I feel like I could have walked away victorious, as we only played one set and I lost 7-4 in the tie-break after fighting back from two early breaks which happened before my serve was grooved. In fact, I am certain on most days I could have beaten him, but I was having 'one of those days' and his shots stacked up very well against mine. Imagine if you will, a fast player who has no fantastic shots, but who can hit a remarkably consistent very low flat rallying shot off of any ball he can reach. This meant that I almost never had a chance to attack the ball, as I would always be hitting the ball off of my shoestrings. As I am used to stepping inside the court and hitting the ball on the rise with a nice high contact point, this forced me into playing outside of my normal tactics. So fellow TTers, I come for advice on a number of small tactical and technical issues. What do you suggest when: 1 - You are having one of those days where your shots are just not working. 2 - Your main tactics work badly against a particular opponent. 3 - An opponent never lets you hit a shot above net height. For reference, in the set I tried: -Slicing and dicing - My go to second tactic is to vary the depth and spins on my shots, but he had no problem tracking down my slices and would often respond in kind, by hitting right at the baseline. This was fairly successful on return, and if I practised playing like this I could probably make it work. -Attacking the net - didn't work too well as he had low accurate shots and was never out of position. A doubles specialist or decent S&V player would probably be able to make this work well, but it was too far from my regular play to be able to make it work. -Topspin rallying from the baseline - probably worked the best as it is closest to my natural style of play, but as he was very fast and consistent he would rarely miss before hitting a shot so low that I had to chip it up as a sitter. This might have worked if my serve was taking care of itself. -Smacking the ball as hard as I could, as early as I could - My forehand was a little off today, so I didn't want to commit to this low margin play, but this method showed promise when I got a chance to attack the ball before he had a chance to play a rallying shot.