When You Know Your For A Crushing!

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Noltae, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Noltae

    Noltae Rookie

    Apr 29, 2010
    Tomorrow I play someone I know is way better than me - judging by results this guy has had against a regular hitting partner of mine - I will be happy with 1 or 2 games per set - I have been convincing myself it is better to to keep attacking and loose via increased U E's - basically go for broke -Jjust wondering if others here have similar ideas? Or should I be just trying to play in my comfort zone and accept the loss?
  2. treblings

    treblings Hall of Fame

    Mar 24, 2008
    if you go for broke, you will almost certainly lose. not a good tactic, but a signal to your opponent, that you have already surrendered.
    i would treat the match as a chance to see were you stand with your game.
    do you know anything about your opponent, his strengths, possible weaknesses. try to come up wit a workable tactic.
    show your opponent, that he may win against you on the day, but that you don´t give up. you gain a lot of respect that way.
    also don´be afraid to change tactics during the match.
    don´t forget your opponent is a human being too. he might have a bad day or feel pressure since he probably expects to win,...,
    good luck:)
  3. goran_ace

    goran_ace Hall of Fame

    Jun 24, 2009
    At Large
    Great piece of advice there. Don't go for broke and just hope to get lucky a lot.

    Let your opponent know that you are willing to outwork him. Fight to get to every ball. Don't have an 'awww shucks, I'm just happy to be here' type attitude, let him know you mean business. Make him have to work for that win, don't make it easy for him.
  4. Limpinhitter

    Limpinhitter G.O.A.T.

    Jun 10, 2010
    If you play your game, as best you can, you have the best chance of winning, no matter who is on the other side of the net.

    1. Focus on executing your shots correctly, one shot at a time.
    2. Focus on executing your gameplan, one point at a time.
    3. Forget about the score. Until the match is over, the score is irrelevant.
    4. Forget about how good or bad your opponent is supposed to be. Until the match is over, how good or bad your opponent is is irrelevant.

    This is the approach that 2 of the mentally toughest players of all time, Chris Evert and Bjorn Borg, came to a match with. Their unbreakable focus on executing their shots and their gameplans - no matter what the score or the circumstances - was what broke their opponent's confidence and will, and they usually crumbled under the great weight of their unmatched focus and will to win.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2012
  5. ProPlayer

    ProPlayer Rookie

    Dec 7, 2011
    you're best bet is to give him as much junk and possible, try to drop shot him, bring him in and lob him.
    Basically try to get him to give you sitters, you can pressure him with.
    Look to rush the net. serve and volley!

    When what ever you are doing isn't working.... Do something else!
  6. KenC

    KenC Hall of Fame

    Aug 31, 2009
    Unless there is some gaping hole in his game, all you can do is play good, intelligent tennis. Playing better players is a great learning experience. There is a lot of satisfaction in getting pushed to your limit and then raising the bar. It is also the only way you will ever get to the higher ranks of tennis.
  7. zapvor

    zapvor G.O.A.T.

    Jul 27, 2006
    tennis courts
    i agree with this. when the player is that much better than you going nadal and keeping it in play wont do it. he's not going to make mistakes and instead take it to you. better to go first strike and hope you make it!

    last week i played a better player. lost 3, 1 and 1. i blame the wind;)
  8. Larrysümmers

    Larrysümmers Hall of Fame

    Jun 29, 2009
    1313 Mockingbird Lane.
    slice, and moonball the whole match. might catch him offgaurd
  9. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    Don't change your best game, instead, play it.
    You won't beat him pushing. You won't beat him by altering your game into first ball winners. You won't beat him, period.
    But you can play the best of your ability. That is all he's asking for.
  10. Drew_a_blank

    Drew_a_blank New User

    Jan 14, 2012
    Bay Area
    Keep the ball DEEP on your groundstrokes. Try to keep him from stepping inside of the baseline. Also, Look for the short ball he gives you. If/When he gives you a shorter ball, especially if it is in the middle of the court, take the opportunity to put him on the defense. While you shouldn't go for broke, you definitely will have to go for your shots when given the opportunity. Good Luck with the match!
  11. watungga

    watungga Professional

    Nov 7, 2011
    My sig is your key to crushing.
  12. treblings

    treblings Hall of Fame

    Mar 24, 2008
    tell us what happened, noltae:)
    so much good advice, so many tactics you could have chosen

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