I have mostly been playing doubles but I am playing my first real singles match. Here is a breakdown of my level (no rating): Strong 2 handed back hand Strong semiwestern forehand Floaty-ish slice but can sometimes keep it lower Decent volleys No overhead Hit two spin serves for first and second How should I go about playing this singles match as I anticipate playing a strong opponent. In terms of groundstrokes I should be able to keep up. Typically I am pretty much a pusher in that I can hit strong groundstrokes if necessary but I prefer to return serves with a slice, slice forehand usually during rallies, and utilize backhand to dominate point. I tend to grind points out but I’d like to start finishing them faster. My question is: how much effort should I be putting into my groundstrokes. I find that I am very consistent in practice hitting my grounstdokes with the same effort as I’d put into a winner but it’s hard for me to mentally prepare myself to do that in a match even though I know I’m capable of doing it. Should I just play my grinderish game style and hit down the middle or try and dominate with groundstrokes.