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Well, to play matches one has to be sound technically, tactically, physically, and mentally. I would advise you this:
When you are serving:
- Mix it up, to keep the returner guessing i.e. wide, body, and up the T.
- Do not let him develop rhythm on his return of serve.
- Your game plan should be to extract an easier return on which you can build rest of your point.
- First hard serve. Your game plan should be just to return it deep so that his serve is neutralized.
- Against his second serve. Step forward, and be aggressive.
- If he is serving from deuce side, return down the line; if he is serving from ad side, return down the line also (this will stretch him a bit allowing you the initiative).
When both are rallying:Match him stroke by stroke, deep to deep, until he misses, or you earn a short ball:
- If the short ball is to your forehand, hit down the line approach and go to the net and volley cross (in some cases you can hit behind him).
- If the short ball is to your backhand, rip it or slice down the line and follow your approach to the net and volley cross court or hit behind him.
- If the short ball is in your mid-court, execute inside out forehand and then inside-in and close out the point. You may also follow your inside-out forehand to the net!
If he is bothering you with slices which you do not like:Does he slice low balls? If yes, give him high balls. "Who is doing what to whom". Does he slice on short balls, keep your balls deep and so on. Give him something which he does not like.
Also observe his grips:
- If he is using western grips, higher balls are easier for him. Give him low sliced balls.
- If he is double-handed on his BH side, give him low balls.
- If he is using continental grip for his ground strokes, hit your shots with maximum topspin (high balls pose problems for continental grip player because such player's point of contact is quite low).
Control your own game so that you do not commit "process" mistakes