I play a friend very often, who's strategy is to work me from side to side with low powered top-spinning and deep shots. I wouldn't call him a pusher - he can play a very good attacking shot when needed. His 'go-to' shot is the cross court booming forehand, especially on short balls. Ive learnt to pick this now. He is very consistent, makes few errors (including off his serve). He also chases down balls very well and has a good lob. A has a fantastic return of serve - generally this is high and deep. I make a lot of mistakes returning his return - it just sits up. His backhand is purely defensive. Slice is ok. However, whenever I try to come into the net on his backhand, he picks it up early and lobs me well. Serve isn't massive by any stretch, but it goes in and never cracks under pressure. Overall I regard him as a very good player. He doesn't do anything massive that makes you think 'wow', he's just a very good competitor, consistent, hates making errors, doesn't get too emotional and knows how to win. My own game: I have a (relatively) powerful serve, can cover the ground quickly and can/like to do work at the net. My forehand is consistent. My weaknesses - overheads aren't good, my backhand is enough to keep the ball in play but not very attacking and I tend to try the big shot when it isn't there. I dont do well with slow balls either. Overall, I think it is a bad match up for me. And frankly - he is better than me. We play very competitive and long matches but it always comes down to him winning. Strategies I have previously tried is the serve/volley, except I get undone by his lob and return of serve. Ive recently read Brad Gilbert's book, and have been thinking about a new strategy to put together before we play each other again. At the moment, my plan is: - Serve to his backhand, always. - Hit to his backhand as much as possible, deep and slow - Take the pace off the ball and keep it deep as possible. - When going to the forehand, cover the cross court and make him try and play down the line. - Big serves are often ineffective against his strong return, and I get caught out of position a lot. Aim for a high %. Slower serves may frustrate him and be more difficult for him to work with. How would you play this type of player?