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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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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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