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Old 02-12-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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What I like the most when I play tennis is searching new strategies to win a point, I like working on the tactic and I always try to hit unlikely shots. I use to hit sliced backhand and forehand to win some important points (such as BP or long points) and I try to give it the outside effect, because the opponent goes crazy and has to think where the ball could bounce and he can't make a winner on those balls. Another advantage is that you can play a dropshot and your opponent might think it's just another slice

What do you think about this? Do you usually play this type of shots? Just tell me, I'm curious
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Old 02-12-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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What I like the most when I play tennis is searching new strategies to win a point, I like working on the tactic and I always try to hit unlikely shots. I use to hit sliced backhand and forehand to win some important points (such as BP or long points) and I try to give it the outside effect, because the opponent goes crazy and has to think where the ball could bounce and he can't make a winner on those balls. Another advantage is that you can play a dropshot and your opponent might think it's just another slice

What do you think about this? Do you usually play this type of shots? Just tell me, I'm curious
I find using such tactics very interesting and that's why I enjoy watching guys like Mayer, Stepanek and Dolgopolov who can use that kind of variation.

Unfortunatelly I still lack confidence to do this at match play, I can't produce 10% of what I'm capable of when a match starts, which is a bit frustrating.
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Have you ever "worked" on your mentality? I was a bit weak with that and then started playing my best more and more..of course, sometimes I play very bad, but I always try to be constant and to win all the points I play...That's my game, I'm not tall, so I've to run, run, run and run! And I love it

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I don't think it's being mentally weak, it's just that I don't have enough consistency with my game. Starting to play late shows to be a problem because of that. Once I get more consistent this will get better. I also run for all the shots, but sometimes it's just not enough.

But that's ok because it's a big challenge for me to get better when I step into the court.
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But also me..I'm not that good! But I enjoy playing
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What I like the most when I play tennis is searching new strategies to win a point, I like working on the tactic and I always try to hit unlikely shots. I use to hit sliced backhand and forehand to win some important points (such as BP or long points) and I try to give it the outside effect, because the opponent goes crazy and has to think where the ball could bounce and he can't make a winner on those balls. Another advantage is that you can play a dropshot and your opponent might think it's just another slice

What do you think about this? Do you usually play this type of shots? Just tell me, I'm curious
I also like the idea of applying different tactics in a game. I'm spending much of my time on practice now though so I can do these types of shots. Sometimes you know what to do but you're not just capable to do it. I hope my tennis lessons will make me a better player soon.
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Yep! Change it up on your opponent. I love to keep them running back and forth. It's cruel, but I want to just wear them down!
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I think it's absolutely important to have good forehand slice to mix it up. Court really seems much bigger if you have this shot. Using this shot I feel like I have more angles and more opportunities to hit forehand from good position. Not recommended to use regularly though.
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What about other players who use slice? Slice can be effective against slice... I just don't like getting into those types of points...
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