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Rafa’s high defensive shot with great angle and massive topspin

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Seconds after having the advantage during the point, the player finds himself on the defensive. Tennis is a game in which players are constantly changing from offense to defense. Here we show a typical situation in which @Rafael Nadal shows why he is the king of clay.

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Top Player analysis – rapid fluctuations between offense and defense – Nadal vs Nishikori

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This rally between Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori during the Mutua Madrid Open is a great example of the rapid fluctuations between offense and defense during a point. First Rafa Nadal takes the offensive but then Nishikori is able to counter.

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Roger Federer digs deep when needed

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Defensive shots and footwork patterns are just as important in world-class tennis as their offensive counterparts. Roger Federer demonstrates how he is not only capable of great offense but can dig deep when needed. Roger stays in the rally by displaying an amazing defensive game and gets a bit lucky by Kyrios’s overconfident play.

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Safety Zone or not?

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It is interesting to observe how much distance players cover in a long rally. Here is an example. This is the last point between Sabine Lisicki and Jelena Jankovic. Jankovic ran 52.1 m/168.6 feet and Lisiki (44.6 m/147 feet). We can also observe that even top players do not always aim their balls close to the lines – but will keep their balls in a “safe zone.” Of course, the fact that it is a match point cannot be ignored.

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World-class Doubles in Action – Move with your Partner

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One of the reason why some double teams climb in the rankings is their ability to recognize different situations on the court and quickly change their positions to play more offensively or more defensively. Lets take a look at one specific exchange between two of the top ranked teams in the world: Bryan/Bryan and Nestor/Zimonjic. This is a common situation that can happen at any level – two players at the net face two players on the baseline during the point.

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