If you have a moment, please read. I know it's a bit long but I could really use the insight this board has to offer. Thanks! Tonight I played a league match against an older, very accomplished player. He's almost 60 (he told me). He looked younger than that but, that's beside the point really. He's 11-1 at the 4.0 level over his last 12 matches. Anyway, this guy hit a mean slice off of both sides. It's not the pushers slice either. He hit a deep, penetrating slice with pace that stayed really low to the ground. No "floaty" slice. His serve wasn't anything special, I was able to return it pretty well, I think. He was good at moving me around, left to right, up to net, etc. He even passed me several times with his slice when I came to net! He also frustrated me with his service return. I have a fairly mean first serve (when it goes in, heh) - about 100-110 mph with a slight kick to it. My 2nd serve is pretty decent too. I kick it up pretty high - 5 ft on average I would say. He just sliced my serve back to me or lobbed the return back. What was so frustrating about his lob returns is that they didn't really bounce high enough to hit an overhead from - only about up to about neck height. And most of them came back to near the baseline. So the only shot I really felt good hitting off a ball like that was a moon ball back to him or a slice of my own. (I don't really like trying to take overheads out of the air, I usually let them bounce) Last but not least, the guy was an absolute wall. Very consistent, few unforced errors, the only points I won outright on my own ability - were winners that I was able to hit past him. I lost, 6-2, 6-1. Although, looking on the bright side, I'd say somewhere around 8 of those games went to deuce and then back and forth ad-in/ad-out quite a bit. One of my service games had about 15 deuces...:-o I played as well as I could. I was patient, tried to keep myself in points, kept my unforced errors down fairly well, etc. Unfortunately, I think he won all those deuce games. My questions: 1. What is an effective strategy against someone that plays like this? I don't really care to get into a slice-fest with him - he's obviously perfected that shot more than I care to. 2. How do I put pressure on someone like this to try and force them into making errors? 3. There are probably more questions I should be asking - any other advice is welcome too. Thanks everyone!