So I played this guy for a league match. He was ranked higher than me slightly. But he's at the rank i'm aspiring to get to. A win would of really boosted my confidence. Anyway, he had a strong game. No weaknesses. Good bh. Good serves. Good volleys. Everything was good. My game comparatively is good fh, bh, serve, but i'm bad at the net so i tend to stay on the baseline. The score was 6-4, 6-2 We must of gotten to deuce in about 12 times no joke, and he must of won about 10 of them. At 4-4 i was serving, it went to deuce, he won. At 4-5 he was serving, it went to deuce, he won. Then more of the same in the next set. But he was a better player, if only slightly. I have to give him that. He earnt those deuces. I didn't feel in control anyway. He wasn't a massive rip the ball type player, but his shots had decent heat. They kicked off the court and were mostly deep. If they landed short, they werent super short and I couldn't just gun him off the court because he had good movement too. I made a few errors at the net, he made none. It remined me of the french final. I was Thiem, he was Nadal. I was trying to hit through him and do some damage from the back of the court, because i couldn't do it elsewhere. But he had the defense and movement to hang on before i made an error. Anything i hit short he'd punish. Argh... it was a painful loss. A team mate of mine was watching, he's a lot older but still a great player. Better than me. He said i have the game to win, but i needed to add some more variety - that i was I hitting too nice and too clean, too consistent for the opponent to get used to it. I'm interpreting this as meaning vary the pace, go for some angles, hit more slices on my bh. When I was playing i was thinking differently - "Okay, in these long topspin rallies he seems to be getting the better of me. I need to get it back deep and fast and get a strangle hold on the rallies" - so id try and hit a hard flat deep serve and serve return to put him on the back foot. He seemed to handle this pretty well, but i did earn a few points like this. Comparatively it felt like i was losing the longer rallies because we'd eventually put one short, but he was better at finishing it off with an approach shot or a volley. Perhaps it would have been better to vary my strategy? Some flat deep returns, some deep loopy returns? I'm wary about varying it too much though, because I might make an error too. Like if i'm serving mostly topspin and kickers, its difficult to start serving mostly flat and slice. I didn't feel comfortable slicing this guys serves for instance. He had a lot of juice on them, and i feel like my flat or topspin serve return is much more consistent especially on hard court (what we played on). What are your opinions guys? This guy was beatable. I know it. I could feel it in the first set, it was so even. I got a bit frustrated, but I reigned myself back in pretty well too. I guess he did the same. Maybe it did come down to tactics.