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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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I played in the opening round of a tournament yesterday and lost to an opponent exactly twice my age. The problem was everything i hit he hit got back high and deep right at the baseline. It seemed like every shot i hit was from the back fence. It really got to me mentally I ended up losing 6-3 6-4 anyone have any advice for these kind of players?
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Use slice&dropshot and approach to net as much as you can. You need variety against moonball. But if it's on clay and if your opponent is a "good moonballer" then you don't have big chance to win the match.

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I agree, make him hit a passing shot. Make him win, moonballers aren't as comfortable when they are forced into winning a point.

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Indeed, nice recommendations! I had the same problems playing against veterans in the club in clay courts. Pretty much depressing when you lose points in a way of numerous errors and especially when try to approach the net impatiently. Variety in a shot selections and patience is a key in those kind of matches. Usually I try to set a defensive mind and not to force a winner- shots in a first occasion, but rather play extra shots as much as possible.
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Good thing about playing against moonballer is that you will have a lot more time to think on court and just try different things.

It really depends on the opponent what hurts him the most but just keep your head clear and don't show bad morale and eventually you will figure it out.
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Re: Moonballer

I think i let him get to my head way to much. It tried shots i never try and sunk right into his game.
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Re: Moonballer

Moonballers are tough. If you can move well and you can hit the ball deep that is a recipe for winning a lot of tennis matches!

One important thing you need to do is try to take balls out of the air whenever possible. The moonballer will not always get good enough depth on his shots so when he does hit it a bit shorter you should try to take it out of the air. Topspin volleys are great for this if you are capable of hitting those.

Drop shots are also a good option.

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One important thing you need to do is try to take balls out of the air whenever possible. The moonballer will not always get good enough depth on his shots so when he does hit it a bit shorter you should try to take it out of the air. Topspin volleys are great for this if you are capable of hitting those.

Yep. If you are quick and experienced enough, drive volleys are the nr.1 option. Also if you are good server, you might even want to try to hit some overhead smashes off the bounce from the baseline against a very loopy moonballer and then attack the net.
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Hit short enough they feel like they have to do something, but not incredibly so.
I'm a bit of a moonballer myself, but I played one who was much more than me and thats how i won.
Generally, a backhand pass will be weakness also.

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If you can get them on the run the backhand pass for sure. But I bet that is a weakness for most non-pros.

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Short, angled shots are good. You shouldn't let them push you too far behind the baseline. Mix it up, as everybody said.

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Against moonballers I always take it down a notch. you have to focus on moving them a lot, especially if they are twice your age. take a bit off your power and wait for the right time to attack. that will really help!

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Re: Moonballer

I take it early, almost a half volley, to take their time away, and then I am ready to move in. Maybe next one will be swinging volley and create angles to make them run, but taking the time away. It works well.
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I completely agree with sixftlion... you have to take their time away, that's the key. and to do that you have to play at their level then ATTACK at just the right moment. it's such a gratifying feeling though when you get the hang of it! like taking candy from a baby!

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