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Any tips on playing big servers?!

I have started playing this guy who has a monster serve. I consider myself a decent returner of slow and medium-paced serves, but this guy is just at a whole other level. We are pretty well-matched in other areas of our games, but his serve is too much to handle. He's the type of guy who has two first serves; he doesn't take pace off it. The only times I broke him were when he served 3 double faults. .

Although he's comfortable at the net, he doesn't really serve and volley, so it's not like that is pressuring me...

90% of his serves go down the tee, but I still can't handle them. If I stand on or just behind the baseline, I am late getting my racket on the ball and can't control it. If I back up a few feet, the ball kicks up unpredictably and I can't find it either, even though I have more time.

As for my normal return game against more ordinary opponents: I use a very short backswing when returning, and I have a two-handed backhand. I like to be aggressive when possible, but I am comfortable just blocking the ball back if I'm not in good position (even with one-handed backhand if necessary). I am not used to slicing the return back, however, but that's something I could work on.

I'm sure it will all get easier the more I play him, but if anyone has any tips that would be .

They don't even have to be tips for me specifically; this thread could be a place to talk about this issue in general too.

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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

your reaction is not good enough, you must improve that
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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

have you tried returning like 4 mts behind the baseline?

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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

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have you tried returning like 4 mts behind the baseline?

I haven't tried going back that far. My game is normally played pretty close to the baseline so it feels really strange for me to go back there. But yes, it's a good suggestion and I will try it. thanks.
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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

If it really is that hard to return, you might want to try something radical like just camping on the tee (from the baseline) for a set or so to try and put him off. And perhaps a healthy dose of sportmanship, e.g. bending down to fasten your shoelace just as he steps up to serve or holding up your hand to stall him, could throw his concentration. But ideally, developing a low slice return that you can rely on more would be best if you're struggling to come over the ball on returns that you're able to read.
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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

there is a message board, tenniswarehousediscussion, whoch has a great forum (a lot of activity, many of the posters are coaches) for tennis tips, if you want I can ask there.

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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

thanks, BaselineSmash.
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there is a message board, tenniswarehousediscussion, whoch has a great forum (a lot of activity, many of the posters are coaches) for tennis tips, if you want I can ask there.
sure, if you don't mind. could be interesting to hear what they say. thanks
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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/viewforum.php?f=12

thats the link to the forum, the thread is Any tips on playing big servers by I love Chokers.

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Smash your nose with your raquect, use a ponytail, wear a Nike bandana and a shirt with the logo "4 GS winner". He will think "JesusFed come to earth to save me" and pass out

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http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/viewforum.php?f=12

thats the link to the forum, the thread is Any tips on playing big servers by I love Chokers.
Awesome! thanks
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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

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Smash your nose with your raquect, use a ponytail, wear a Nike bandana and a shirt with the logo "4 GS winner". He will think "JesusFed come to earth to save me" and pass out


See, alfonsojose, this is why I come to you for advice. You think outside of the box.
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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

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Smash your nose with your raquect, use a ponytail, wear a Nike bandana and a shirt with the logo "4 GS winner". He will think "JesusFed come to earth to save me" and pass out
I think that will definitely help Q kick this guy's ass. Good luck Q, you can do it! if I knew anything about how to actually play tennis, I would help you but... I don't LMFAO

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Re: Any tips on playing big servers?!

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Smash your nose with your raquect, use a ponytail, wear a Nike bandana and a shirt with the logo "4 GS winner". He will think "JesusFed come to earth to save me" and pass out
Nice tip


Sorry Q, I can't help you. Until now, I didn't meet an opponent who have a monster serve that would be impossible to return.

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Nice tip


Sorry Q, I can't help you. Until now, I didn't meet an opponent who have a monster serve that would be impossible to return.
That's probably because of your Andre-esque skills, Zoltan.

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