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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 2002, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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When you play someone a way less good than you ...

how do you react?
It's a new situation for me, I am improving my tennis from year to year, I began playing less than three years ago, so now I am getting to play players that I am realy better than they are, but .... when I see that I should win 6-0 6-0, I tend to get really tense and make some HUGE inforced errors, yesterday was an exemple, I played aguy who was supposed to be 3.5, we began the match and I had very quickly a 4-0 lead, his mouvement was bad, his serve just ok, his second serve sucks, and he just slices almost everything. I was certain I should win easy, but then began my unforced erros festival, I ended up wining 6-4 6-4, but it was very difficult, I made the life mesirable for myself .
So for those who play from a long time, any advice? Is my reaction normal, or ... am I a shocker?

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I thought it was an interesting topic
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 2002, 04:28 PM
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I'm a bit lazy tired to answer in english. Should I do it in french?
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ben vas-y Julien, je suis de montreal donc je parle français
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Sofiane,

Your reaction is normal. When I see I'm winning too easy (as it was your case) I start trying not to play too good (in a way, not to 'humiliate' anyone), and then when I start making errors I can't go back to my usual level, so the match turns to be very ugly.

Interesting topic, by the way.
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C'est pour ça que je voulais répondre en français.

Ben je crois que c'est normal, ça arrive souvent surtout jusqu'à un certain niveau (je ne connais pas le système de classement canadien). On a tout de suite le reflèxe de vouloir accélérer et gagner les points plus facilement puisque les balles de l'adversaire sont molles et c'est là qu'on fait les fautes tant qu'on a pas plusieurs années d'expérience. J'en ai cassé des raquettes comme ça contre ces crocos . Pour jouer ces balles là, il ne faut surtout pas s'emballer (enfin c'est ce que je crois). Prends ton temps pour te placer et pas la peine de frapper comme un sourd contre un joueur comme ça hehe. Je suis presque sur que c'est parce que tu te précipites trop que tu commences à bacher .
Mais c'est normal, tous ceux qui veulent jouer sérieusement connaissent ce genre de mésaventure au début.
Tu remarqueras d'ailleurs qu'on a tendance à mieux jouer quand on a des balles impeccables en face.
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I've found one way to keep sharp and not embarass your oppenent is to try to work on your weaknesses. Can't serve and volley well? This is a good time to try it. This way you've evened up the contest but are still working on your game in a positive manner.
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My french has degraded horribly...

I'm having problems understanding what you said Julien...

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Mainly I said that it was quite normal until you can play at a certain level cause that kind of sliced balls are not that easy to play. I also said that I was almost sure Sofiane has a tendancy to rush cause slow balls seem easy to play, hence the unforced errors. So I said he should take his time and not try to overpower his opponent.
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Julien, you should be a tennis teacher

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Julien you are so true about the overpowring issue, that's the problem, even if I am quite small 5'7 for 150pounds (1m70 69KG) I can hit the ball quite hard especially from my forhand, and that is what I was trying to do overpowring him. I should have tried to make some drop shots of his serve to make him run, cause he really was out of shape (I am in great shape myself ).
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Na@turt. See? I know my subject sometimes .

Just relax and play your game and pay attention to your footwork. If you're potientally better than your opponent, you'll end up winning (if the gap between you and him is that huge ).
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I think Rollo has some excellent advice. When you're playing someone not as good as you, use it as an opportunity to work on those parts of your game that are subpar. For example, I'm a baseliner by nature. When I'm playing someone I should beat without too many problems (not too often these days because I'm in an excellent league!), I do thinks I would not normally do. I'll serve and volley on several points and look for any opportunity to get to the net if I have a short ball. When I'm not as certain of the situation, I tend to retreat to the baseline after retrieving a midcourt shot. Also, look at it as an opportunity to work on the mental side of your game (most important!). The key is to relax and not worry too much about it, and not to think that you're better than you are. Unless you're overwhelmingly better than your opponent, it's not unexpected to have a reasonably close 6-4, 6-4 match. The difference is usually how you play the big points. Good luck and have fun!
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I tend to beat the better players and lose to the less talented ones. I get really nervous when I know I should win easily. Though lately I've changed from a baseline to a serve/volley style and I'm getting a bit better about it.


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I assure you than in all aspects I was better, even if my volleys sucks big time, his volleys are worse, all the points he won, were doubles faults huge inforced erros from me (somtimes he was able to serve well).
I got nervous and i felt it, the first thing that goes away when I get nervous is my FOOTWORK, I get my legs going I feel like sticked to the ground
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