I just played a friend today for the first time. His style of play is more to wait for the opponent to make mistakes, which I did. I lost 6-1, 7-6, 6-4. I shot far too many into the net, and long. What should I do differently if I find this happening alot? Also, I try to play at least 2-3 times a week, but my usual playing partner is much worse than I am, so I find it hard to tune up on my skills, since he can't even hold up a good rally. When I played against my cousins who can hit really hard, it forced me to hit hard back, so that day I was killing the balls in rallies. It seems like some days my forehand & backhand are excellent, and my serve is weak, and vice versa depending on who I play against. Is this normal?