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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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Finding Federer Part 2: The Slice Backhand

Finding Federer Part 2: The Slice Backhand

One of the major focuses of this article series are the tactical patterns the Federer employed during his prime. It isn’t enough for us simply to say that Federer is a great player – that he has an amazing serve, an imposing forehand etc etc. Many players have had a […]

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Finding Federer Part 1: Setting The Stage

Finding Federer Part 1: Setting The Stage

For obvious reasons Federer has been the subject of thousands of articles in the last decade. From his rise in 2003 to ascend the sport of tennis writers have struggled to capture the seemingly effortless beauty of his game. They have penned him names such as the “Swiss Maestro” to […]

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How To Position Yourself At The Net In Singles

How To Position Yourself At The Net In Singles

As Wimbledon begins tomorrow it seemed an appropriate time to tackle an issue I run into frequently on court with my clients. As their groundstrokes begin to improve dramatically, they find themselves earning more and more short balls off which they have little choice but to come to the net […]

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