Originally Posted by sundaypunch
Yes, and these balls are hit with extreme pace and spin. The OP cannot hit to these locations with any consistency, let alone with any amount of pace and spin. Using a 4.0 as an example would be much more helpful, IMO. My experience with people at this level is that keeping it deep is what is sorely lacking - regardless of whether it is an even matchup or not.
Apologies to the OP if I am not giving him enough credit. My advice to him has not changed.
If you plan on playing linear tennis against a smart player, you will be handed a tennis lesson you won't forget and that's what you're advising here... I've seen Federer slicing balls short at an angle, even against Djokovic, and I have yet to see someone who's not lefty pick that slice up for a winner. It's not deep and it's not penetrating, but it earns him inside forehand situations.
That's one of many things which violates the ''must hit deep'' mentra...