I have always found 7.5 and 8.0 mixed to be difficult and frustrating. I spend the entire first set trying to figure out how to rally with the guy and how to return his serve. If his partner is serving, I then have the challenge of somehow getting the ball past the guy if he is poaching -- and they always are because I play deuce and his FH volley is in the middle. The whole time, my female opponent cowers at the net, one foot in the alley. Last week, I finally played a solid 7.5 mixed match. We fell behind 2-5 in the first set and 0-3 in the second. Final score was 7-6, 6-3. A come-from-behind win in mixed. That's a first. I learned two things: 1. I stood farther back to return the guy's serve. This challenged him to beat me with placement rather than pace and gave me more time. 2. I didn't take a backswing for any shot I hit to the guy. I think I was constantly mistiming the ball because of the increased pace and spin. Once I shortened (no, eliminated) my backswing, I was able to rally with him and keep a consistent contact point. I guess there might be a third thing, but one that is beyond my control. I had a 4.0 partner who was a dream. Good at net, lightning fast. Made a lot of errors, but I didn't care. I was enjoying the show he was putting on!