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Federer vs Wawrinka in Rome 2015: All About The Second Serve Return

Federer vs Wawrinka in Rome 2015: All About The Second Serve Return

In the wake of Wawrinka’s scintillating performance against Nadal in Rome, it would have been easy to see him dispatching Federer with at least equal, if not greater, ease. While Nadal’s year has clearly been sub-par on the red dirt, Wawrinka earned his with over the King of Clay with […]

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Tennis Mythbusters: Is The “Wrist Snap” On The Serve Real?

Tennis Mythbusters: Is The "Wrist Snap" On The Serve Real?

Welcome to a new segment on TacticalTennis called “Tennis Mythbusters”. Over the coming weeks we will look at some of the commonly held ‘wisdoms’ of tennis teachers and players everywhere and examine them to see if they are in truth fact or fiction! In the first installment of the series […]

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How Cilic Won The U.S Open

How Cilic Won The U.S Open

Enough time has passed now since Cilic’s US Open victory to put his win in perspective. But before we can answer some of the pressing questions such as “Is Cilic a one-slam wonder?” it’s worth taking some time to look at exactly how he was able to win his maiden […]

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Three Things To Watch For In Cilic vs Nishikori

Three Things To Watch For In Cilic vs Nishikori

As we head into tomorrow’s final between Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori most non-avid tennis fans around the world have likely been hitting google to learn more about these two bit actors in the play that has been professional men’s tennis over the last 10 years. The quick background is […]

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Three Reasons Nishikori Might Upset Djokovic

Three Reasons Nishikori Might Upset Djokovic

Nobody can argue that Kei Nishikori is playing the best tennis of his life. Just two spots off his career high ranking of 9 (which he obtained less than three months ago), Nishikori has had some stellar results in 2014. But more importantly he’s put together a string of stellar […]

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Three Things Monfils Did Right Against Federer

Three Things Monfils Did Right Against Federer

Prior to the tournament starting, Monfils-Federer would have promised to be an spectacle. Monfils’ flashy athleticism and Federer’s smooth grace provide a contrast in styles that makes for entertaining tennis. But for all that only the most die-hard Monfils fans would have seen the outcome to be much in doubt. […]

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Will An Outsider Win The US Open?

Will An Outsider Win The US Open?

As play starts later today at the US Open questions abound. As we watch Djokovic struggle through his slump, Nadal miss yet another Grand Slam with an injury, and Andy Murray turn the “Big Four” back into the “Big Three” perhaps the biggest question is: will we see a new first-time […]

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The Serve Part 2: Benoit Paire and the Power Of The Trophy Position

The Serve Part 2: Benoit Paire and the Power Of The Trophy Position

In Part 2 of Tactical Tennis’ series on the serve (go here for Part 1) we examine the service motion of Frenchman Benoit Paire. Paire is a name that is known mostly only to serious tennis fans – the 25 year old Frenchman has long been viewed as one of the […]

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The Serve Part 1: Height, Risk vs Reward and Other interesting Things About Serving

The Serve Part 1: Height, Risk vs Reward and Other interesting Things About Serving

As often happens here at Tactical Tennis I sat down with a specific idea – in this case that Juan Martin del Potro is  a pretty sub-par server for a man of his height. While doing the research to see if my idea actually was right, I realized that there […]

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Two Swiss, One Spaniard – Why Wawrinka Succeeded Where Federer Failed

Two Swiss, One Spaniard - Why Wawrinka Succeeded Where Federer Failed

When Wawrinka held aloft the Australian Open trophy it was the culmination of years of sitting on the cusp of a breakthrough. There were hints of course – the two epic five set matches against Novak Djokovic at the Australian and US Opens in 2013 for one. Long possessed of […]

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