i've been thinking a lot about serve placement lately. a guy i know is ranked no. 1 in nor cal 5.0 doubles or was until very recently. i was much better than him in high school but he stuck with tennis and i didn't. anyway he's my motivation. =).....i told him about how i lost this match to a pusher after gettting back into the game after 6yrs of inactivity. he laughed and said, "you have way too much game for that". He then kidded, "how hard is it to hit to his backhand?"...... it was all in fun but got me thinking about how important placement is, especially on serve. i was watching one of fed's olympic matches and was trying to predict where each serve would go. i was getting them all wrong. until i started picking the opposite of my initial pick..... when they do a shot spot on where players are serving it surprised me how often on 2's a pro will hit religiously to the bh side. if people do that to me i start ripping em. of the few matches i've seen lately fed's serve is hardest to predict where he'll place it. his opponents always serve to his bh (why don't they mix it up more?). maybe not such a good idea. .......or is his fh that friggin scary?!