Video of My Match

FiReFTW

Hall of Fame
#3
Few questions

1. How old are you, how long have you been playing tennis?
2. What kind of tactical aproach did you take for this match, what are his strenghts and weaknesses and what are yours?
3. Were you tight and nervious at the start of the match, or did you change up your tactics to be more aggressive later, because I notice a significant injection of pace in your shots in the 2nd part of the video compared to the 1st half.
 
#4
Few questions

1. How old are you, how long have you been playing tennis?
2. What kind of tactical aproach did you take for this match, what are his strenghts and weaknesses and what are yours?
3. Were you tight and nervious at the start of the match, or did you change up your tactics to be more aggressive later, because I notice a significant injection of pace in your shots in the 2nd part of the video compared to the 1st half.
Thanks for the kind words!

1. I turned 30 this year and I attended my first Saturday morning clinic where the coach feeds a bunch of balls to a bunch of kids the summer I turned 15. I played the previous summer but hit my forehand like I was swinging a baseball bat.
2. I know his forehand is much weaker than his backhand so I try to hit it there as much as possible. My tactics are never more complicated than identify the weaker side, hit it there and finish the point at net whenever possible (inspired by Safin and Nalbandian). That said, he will run around his forehand to hit backhands so he left me a lot of space to go down the line which I'll do if it's too juicy to pass up. My strengths are my backhand, my return and speed.
3. I started playing tournaments this year, did well and found out my nerves are much better than the majority of players'. I wasn't really nervous or anything. Maybe he got a bit more tired and as a result, his shots landed a bit shorter and more attackable. I know my tactics didn't change.
 

FiReFTW

Hall of Fame
#5
Thanks for the kind words!

1. I turned 30 this year and I attended my first Saturday morning clinic where the coach feeds a bunch of balls to a bunch of kids the summer I turned 15. I played the previous summer but hit my forehand like I was swinging a baseball bat.
2. I know his forehand is much weaker than his backhand so I try to hit it there as much as possible. My tactics are never more complicated than identify the weaker side, hit it there and finish the point at net whenever possible (inspired by Safin and Nalbandian). That said, he will run around his forehand to hit backhands so he left me a lot of space to go down the line which I'll do if it's too juicy to pass up. My strengths are my backhand, my return and speed.
3. I started playing tournaments this year, did well and found out my nerves are much better than the majority of players'. I wasn't really nervous or anything. Maybe he got a bit more tired and as a result, his shots landed a bit shorter and more attackable. I know my tactics didn't change.
So my impression about Djokovic was good :D Tho you do attack the net more often.

Did you have alot of coaching throughout your 15 year tennis career? Or played alot simply? Always played tons of tennis every week or had ups and downs?

Anyway cool videos and good quality, videos like this are always cool, post more in the future if you have the time and desire!
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#7

A little background - I'm the one wearing dark socks/Vapors (not a fan). Both play 5.0 tournaments in Toronto, ON, Canada; I'm top 10 in the country.
You are very athletic and have many years of tennis ahead of you.

You have a lot of room for improvement on power/spin on your serve, if that is an area you ever want to put more effort into. Have you ever had a good coach give you advice on your serve?

In my neck of the woods, your serve would get eaten up by many 5.0 players...
 

FiReFTW

Hall of Fame
#8
You are very athletic and have many years of tennis ahead of you.

You have a lot of room for improvement on power/spin on your serve, if that is an area you ever want to put more effort into. Have you ever had a good coach give you advice on your serve?

In my neck of the woods, your serve would get eaten up by many 5.0 players...
Maybe the angle is bad to see the pace of the serve, also maybe serve is not his strong suit.
He also seems to add quite alot of topspin to alot of his serves so that would take away some pace.
Not saying I disagree with you, just pointing out some observations, it certainly doesn't seem like its any kind of weapon at a 5.0 level from this video.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#9
Maybe the angle is bad to see the pace of the serve, also maybe serve is not his strong suit.
I don't need a radar gun to see that he is not getting much legs/hips into his serve.

Not everyone is interested in putting in the time to develop a big serve.

Ask Jolly how many hours he has invested in his 5.0 serve :)
 
#10
I don't need a radar gun to see that he is not getting much legs/hips into his serve.

Not everyone is interested in putting in the time to develop a big serve.

Ask Jolly how many hours he has invested in his 5.0 serve :)
For sure my serve is one of the weaker parts of my game though I think it looks worse on video. That said, my return is strong enough to be able to break my opponent more than he breaks me. I was actually hitting a really nice second serve in the month of June. I swear, I felt like Thiem with the way it bounced off the court but something happened and I haven't been able to capture it since except for a few spurts.
 
#11
So my impression about Djokovic was good :D Tho you do attack the net more often.

Did you have alot of coaching throughout your 15 year tennis career? Or played alot simply? Always played tons of tennis every week or had ups and downs?

Anyway cool videos and good quality, videos like this are always cool, post more in the future if you have the time and desire!

I've taken 8 lessons, all in the last three years, because I either didn't have the money or I always preferred to spend it elsewhere. I just spent a lot of time hitting during the summer afternoons. I also think I'm athletic and can mimic things I see accurately.

Thanks for the words and I'll post more.
 

IowaGuy

Hall of Fame
#12
For sure my serve is one of the weaker parts of my game though I think it looks worse on video. That said, my return is strong enough to be able to break my opponent more than he breaks me. I was actually hitting a really nice second serve in the month of June. I swear, I felt like Thiem with the way it bounced off the court but something happened and I haven't been able to capture it since except for a few spurts.
I'm not sure that you're using the proper grip. The video isn't quite detailed to show, but it appears that it might not be a continental grip, and sometimes it looks like your index finger is quite spread apart and is almost on top of the grip?!? If so, this is definitely not optimal.

You're also not getting yourself very sideways for the serve, which is robbing you of spin/pace. Your body is too open.

If I were 30 with your athleticism, I would save up a couple hundred $ and hire a good coach for a few sessions specifically to work on the serve. It's at least 1/2 level below your FH.
 
#14
I've taken 8 lessons, all in the last three years, because I either didn't have the money or I always preferred to spend it elsewhere. I just spent a lot of time hitting during the summer afternoons. I also think I'm athletic and can mimic things I see accurately.

Thanks for the words and I'll post more.
That's great, I am an autodidact myself, too, and can mimic. -- That's why I always struggle answering when people ask me where I learnt tennis from (as if it is a one time thing) - and how long have I been playing tennis.

Great playing by the way, I wish I could find players like you in here where I live to play regularly with.
 
#15
That's great, I am an autodidact myself, too, and can mimic. -- That's why I always struggle answering when people ask me where I learnt tennis from (as if it is a one time thing) - and how long have I been playing tennis.

Great playing by the way, I wish I could find players like you in here where I live to play regularly with.
Thanks, if you're ever in Toronto, let's hit!


From last night (I'm in blue):

 
#18
Great playing, thanks for sharing. Kinda look like Borna Coric.

You should get a tripod to film from behind.
Thanks, I'll take the Borna comparison, ha!

I'm filming on a tripod but don't want to put it behind the baseline because I don't want to hinder my partner's scrambling or serving. I also don't want my camera/phone knocked down despite the heavy-duty case. In another thread, I asked for suggestions on how to mount a camera to the net/divider behind us but nothing so far.

Great match play. Thanks for posting.
Thanks, you post some great videos as well.
 
#21
No, I use my iPhone XS. I was coming from an iPhone 6 and thinking of recording my hits and looking at options. I saw enough videos recorded on the latest iPhone to go with that instead of a separate camera.
 
#22
I've taken 8 lessons, all in the last three years, because I either didn't have the money or I always preferred to spend it elsewhere. I just spent a lot of time hitting during the summer afternoons. I also think I'm athletic and can mimic things I see accurately.

Thanks for the words and I'll post more.
Nice game.
 
Top