Originally Posted by Domino
Slice the ball low and short, force him to hit a penetrating shot, which he most likely wont, and take advantage of the reply he gives by taking it early before he can retreat back to the baseline. Mix this up with dropshots to actually bring him in and pass him and/or hit the ball right at him. Throw in a few lobs, and the match is yours. Scrappers lose their winning aspect when forced forward.
I agree with pretty much everything that was said. Scrappers feed off of your pace and generally they're completely comfortable having to move side to side, but moving from back to front to perhaps back again may not be as smooth of a transition.
Slice is one of the best methods for throwing off another player's timing and rhythm. Jennifer Capriati used her one-handed slice against Serena Williams at the 04 US Open Quarters and it worked EXTREMELY effectively. There were a few times that Serena slapped the slice ball into the very bottom of the net or hit it twenty feet out. Of course, you should only use the slice if it's a shot you've developed well enough that you feel comfortable using.
Another funny (and somewhat cheap) shot is the random topsin lob shot. I was playing a girl last week that would smother anything in her strike zone, so I decided to keep the ball low (using slice) for one shot, and then every now and then throwing in a high topsin ball. She missed every single topsin shot I threw in there.
You seem like you know this "kid" pretty well. Think about his strengths and his weaknesses, and play to your advantage.
As for the advice your friend gave you, it's pretty good too. Patience is a huge part in playing a scrapper, because they usually don't give up a lot of errors and just get the ball back in play. When you take that against someone who wants to hit the ball hard and score winners off every shot, chances are the big-hitter is going to have more errors. It's whether or not they can hit more winners than errors that counts.
Lastly, be smart out there! Should you be down, analyze your game and what you've been doing and make the adjustment. I see too many players out there that blame their losing on them just "playing poorly," when 9/10 times its just poor planning and tactics. Stick to your weapons. If you truly do have better all-around skill, use it and you should beat him. Good luck!