I think you are really on to something here. I know that my net game is a weakness of my playing and I'm trying to focus on improving that this year. I need to develop a greater willingness to come to the net to try to take away time and end points sooner, as well as having a higher risk tolerance for getting passed at the net. If I were to self assess the area in which I could make improvements to become a better player, the breakdown would be:I want to redirect the discussion to another topic (based on the HOWTO beat pusher list). What improvement can GSG make to get a boost in his match win ratios. What is GSGs worst weakness if someone is following the regular how to beat pusher stuff.
I think it is his net game. If he is pulled too close to net, he is extremely vulnerable. Developing a solid net game does not require too much change in his regular shots or play style. But having good volley and overhead skills will make the pusher in GSG even more frustrating and tough to beat.
I think @GSG should practice volleys and overheads and develop a solid net game, and make the opponent take that off the list on "how to beat pusher".
50%- better net game and volleys
20%- better serve
12%- better overheads (this is actually the single weakest area of my game, but since overheads tend to be less common than net opportunities, I have it listed lower)
10%- better equipment- I've been using the same model racquet for a decade, and I'm a much different player than I was in 2011. I've never really dug into string patterns and exploring different racquets to determine what would be optimum for me, but if I did, my intuition tells me that optimizing one or both of those elements could improve my performance by 5-10%.
7%- being more willing to play matches to get better vs strictly playing to win
1%- hitting with topspin