Originally Posted by Power Player
There is no such thing as an aggressive baseliner at 3.5. You need to stop trying to hit hard and through a guy who gives you no pace.
I just played a pusher last week and barely lost a point. I play baseline tennis too. You need to hit very relaxed and just focus on making clean contact. Hit at 60% of your power and move the guy around.
Notice how when you dont get pace, you tend to make errors? He will too. Pushers love pace, so dont give it to them.
Hit relaxed balls that are placed well. Keep them safely in the court but attack his weak side and hit that corner. As soon as he starts running to get one, you need to move in. Take the next ball just as relaxed and put it to the other side. Move in some more. Take the next shot as a volley and put it away.
Thats how you beat a pusher.
Yup. This is really good advice on cooking the pushers. Listen to PP. Don't imagine you can hit like Delpo or Djoker. Blasting off 60% errors and 40% winners is good enough for any pusher to beat you.
And the 30 shots exchange means you are also playing his game. You are doing exactly what he wants.
Upgrade your volley, and your overhead. Next time have a ball machine do moonballs that lands deep, see if you can take it early and redirect them at will. Then move in to NML, play those balls with a slice volley or a straight up overhead. You don't have to aim at the lines, just to a different corner. Then step in by the T and hit volley put away shots, practice if you get a short lob you can step back to NML and overhead it.
If you can do all these I think the pusher would have a very hard time beating you even you don't have the touch for a drop shot. They will panic when running and give you a short ball or a lob too long and out.
Never get pushed back and stand 5' behind the baseline trying to hit power shots. They love that and they got plenty of time to recover. You will end up trying to hit closer and closer to the corner and end up getting an UE.