Originally Posted by AlpineCadet
I recently had a singles match against a 4.0 pusher who has slice forehands/backhands. He has shaky servers that don't give me much trouble. I was up 4-1 and ended up losing when I tried to play his pusher game (thinking it would mess his game up.) I thought about playing my game, keeping the balls deep and giving him the run, but it just seemed like he started adjusting. We have a best of 3 sets coming in a few weeks, so I'm still not sure if committing to my game will be enough to keep me from melting down when/if he ends up getting all those random free points that I'll probably give. I'm not very patient.
That last sentence makes your match-up pretty tough. I have questions....
Is one of his slice ground strokes clearly stronger than the other (FH / BH)? Which one?
Does he run ... better / worse / the same ... vertically versus horizontally?
How is he at the net? And how is your drop-shot? Your passing shots?
Usually a poor server also has a poor overhead. How is your lob?
How are you at attacking (really forcing or getting a clean winner) off his serve?
How are you at taking advantage of a "short-ish" ball and driving it for the winner?
Can you "pin" a player deep behind one corner with 3 or 4 ground strokes to the same deep corner?