How do you beat the counterpuncher

Warriorroger

Hall of Fame
Played against a 22 year old guy and lost the two times we played. He doesn't have a great serve or real weapons, he just runs and runs bringing the ball back high, with not a lot of pace, and he is driving me nuts.

How do you beat a counterpuncher? One a good day, I win, but when the a game is off, how do you play them? While it's not a style I enjoy watching or play against, I do the respect the amount of running and retrieving that type of player is capable off.
 

tudwell

Legend
Net rush. That forces him to go for low percentage shots, which he might not be comfortable doing.

Wrong section, though.
 

akv89

Hall of Fame
Played against a 22 year old guy and lost the two times we played. He doesn't have a great serve or real weapons, he just runs and runs bringing the ball back high, with not a lot of pace, and he is driving me nuts.

How do you beat a counterpuncher? One a good day, I win, but when the a game is off, how do you play them? While it's not a style I enjoy watching or play against, I do the respect the amount of running and retrieving that type of player is capable off.
Keep in mind that he probably doesn't have any weapons to beat you. So you don't need to play an offensive shot every time. If you can maintain a rally, wait for your chances and go for placement over power. Experiment with drop shots to draw him into the net and pass him. If his passing shots aren't very good, attack the net yourself when you have the opportunity.
 
Keep in mind that he probably doesn't have any weapons to beat you. So you don't need to play an offensive shot every time. If you can maintain a rally, wait for your chances and go for placement over power. Experiment with drop shots to draw him into the net and pass him. If his passing shots aren't very good, attack the net yourself when you have the opportunity.
Exactly right. Patience, wait for a real opening. Vary your tactics.

Is this not supposed to be a bout pro tennis though?
 
Easy. Hit drop shots, making him approach the net. Either hit it right at him hard, or lob over him.

Pushers/counter punchers are great at moving side to side, not forward and back.
 

Tennis_Bum

Professional
Played against a 22 year old guy and lost the two times we played. He doesn't have a great serve or real weapons, he just runs and runs bringing the ball back high, with not a lot of pace, and he is driving me nuts.

How do you beat a counterpuncher? One a good day, I win, but when the a game is off, how do you play them? While it's not a style I enjoy watching or play against, I do the respect the amount of running and retrieving that type of player is capable off.
It's annoying play a pusher. All they do is float it back and get ready to run all day long. When you have an off day, you will see a lot of errors because you don't have the patient to play a pushing game and can't hit your forehand/backhan/volley to save your life. It's frustrating to play pushers. But the answer is about right at below. Make pushers go to the net, most pushers I know of hate playing net because they are not comfortable there. But I wouldn't try to pass a pusher because then you will be going for too much and end up making a lot more errors on you off day. I would do go with the suggestion below, go straight to the body, jam a pusher, but not too hard that you will make an unforced error and driver yourself nuts.




Easy. Hit drop shots, making him approach the net. Either hit it right at him hard, or lob over him.

Pushers/counter punchers are great at moving side to side, not forward and back.
 
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