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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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Building a Singles Game Plan Pt 4: Finding The Winning Matchup

Building a Singles Game Plan Pt 4: Finding The Winning Matchup

Those readers who read Parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series now have a good understanding of why they should play most shots cross-court, and to make offensive and defensive decisions based off their court positioning. In a world where everyone’s strokes were the same, and everyone was of […]

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Can Stanislas Wawrinka Beat Rafael Nadal In The Australian Open Final?

Can Stanislas Wawrinka Beat Rafael Nadal In The Australian Open Final?

Nadal leads their head-to-head record by a discouraging 12 wins and 0 losses. Indeed in all of their meetings Stan has yet to win a single set off Nadal! However things are not quite as one-sided as they appear on paper, and Wawrinka does indeed have a shot. At their […]

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Five Things Federer Can Learn From Dimitrov’s Match With Nadal

Five Things Federer Can Learn From Dimitrov's Match With Nadal

At Tactical Tennis we’ve talked about the similarities between the games of Dimitrov and Federer before – Dimitrov’s slowly fading nickname of “Baby Fed” is not happenstance. As such the match between Nadal and Dimitrov has greater significance for Federer than everyone else. For him it provides an opportunity to […]

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Australian Open Men’s Quarter-Finals Preview Part 1

Australian Open Men's Quarter-Finals Preview Part 1

It’s the first round of men’s quarter-finals at the Australian Open and we’re facing some intriguing matchups. Novak Djokovic vs Stanislas Wawrinka Round 3? Only four players were able to take more than a single set off Djokovic at Grand Slams last year: Nadal, Murray, del Potro and…. Stanislas Wawrinka. […]

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Will Formerly Great Players Make Great Coaches In 2014?

Will Formerly Great Players Make Great Coaches In 2014?

2013-2014 has seen the announcement of some interesting new pairings between coaches and players. Specifically, we have seen a slew of former greats take up coaching duties with active professional players. In the wake of the Lendl-Murray success, we now have Becker-Djokovic, Edberg-Federer, Chang-Nishikori, Ivanisevic-Cilic and Brugera-Gasquet. The 90′s are […]

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A Day At The Brisbane International

A Day At The Brisbane International

As you walk up the hill towards the new(ish) Brisbane Tennis Center Pat Rafter Area dominates the landscape despite the multi-story apartment spaces next door. The path winds alongside an enclosure with a large clearing and a jumbotron tv screen mounted facing it for people on grounds passes to view […]

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Can Federer Be A Factor in 2014?

Can Federer Be A Factor in 2014?

Part 3 of the “Finding Federer” series is on hold as it turned out to be a positively mammoth amount of work collating and analyzing all the video required (for interested readers, it is a breakdown of the changes in Federer’s forehand technique in the last 5-6 years). Given the […]

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Tactical Tennis’s Guide To Choosing A Tennis Racket

Tactical Tennis's Guide To Choosing A Tennis Racket

Choosing a new racket can be a difficult and puzzling decision for most players. In truth it is a question I see asked over and over again on internet message boards: what new racket should I buy? This is usually followed by a brief description of the player’s level and […]

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