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PostPosted: 18 Apr 2018, 03:47 
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BRS wrote:
Here's a full match from yesterday. This guy is a level or two above me. But I served at 1-1, 8-8, so I was definitely in the match at that point. Things kind of went to hell after that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n-JIKKbl00


You return those faster serves so well.
Many of the points you played feel rather familiar to me.
We need the great teacher to return and give some tips.


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BRS wrote:
Here's a full match from yesterday. This guy is a level or two above me. But I served at 1-1, 8-8, so I was definitely
BRS wrote:
Here's a full match from yesterday. This guy is a level or two above me. But I served at 1-1, 8-8, so I was definitely in the match at that point. Things kind of went to hell after that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n-JIKKbl00



The points seem a little monotonous. But I don't get the impression you seriously challenged his forehand. Players like him you push to the backhand and topspin to the forehand - he seemed to have good backhand blocks and good forehand openers vs backspin. You also seemed to lack penetration or angles when he backed off the table.
You need to consciously use a lot more sidespin when your opponent backs up. If a player isn't moving to return your balls, it can be a red flag.

But in any case I guess he is the better player. I just couldn't get why from his shot production but it was clearly in his anticipation and control of the points. You played a ball with just enough quality that he could move you around with it as you kept acting like he had infinite ways of returning the ball, which I find is the common symptom of a player playing another one or two levels above them.

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PostPosted: 18 Apr 2018, 09:05 
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Great point about sidespin. That's a fairly new addition to my match play so I mainly think to use it when I'm more relaxed and would win anyway. When I'm under pressure like this I end up reacting too much instead.

His game def doesn't look like the prototype two wing looper, but he's rated 2120. Two levels above me for sure.


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