This thread has been started after my posting to thread: "Player evolution: Pusher vs. Ballbasher". Then I got a comment: I started to think of it more and this brought me to the key question: What motivates you in this sport? This thread is started on the purpose of building a source of motivation and excitement for the matches against pushers, which I seriously lack. I hope this thread will also be helpful for all the other people who have the same problems. So first of all: I'd like to hear, what are the things that excite and motivate you in this sport. Then I wish that I get some good ideas for developing excitement for these matches against pushers. So what motivates myself? After thinking for it a while, it was clear that the thing I'm most addicted to in tennis is all this high speed grinding and explosive movement, when the ball is moving from left to right, and I need to run for my life to get to it. Whenever I play a match with a good enough opponent, I get really excited and enjoy all the sweating that comes by. Whether I win or lose doesn't matter. But when I see that a pushing opponent hits only slow blockings that have no pace or spin, everything changes. I'm no longer running wildly around, I have all the time in the world and kinda lose the interest. So the problem is, I don't see any (physical) challenge and that's what demotivates. The end result is that I make a lot of stupid mistakes on easy balls, and keep losing these matches. So in order to win these matches and get more (physically) challenging matches in future, I need to develop another source of excitement for these matches. It cannot be the physical challenge. Any ideas?