During a point, everything can change in a fraction of a second, from offense to defense and back to offense. In this match between Gulbis and Ferrer at the Madrid Open 2014, we find Gulbis with an opportunity to attack the net. He chooses his approach shot and drop shot targets in such a way as to make Ferrer cover as much court as possible.
Do not Change a Winning Tactic: Once you find something that works, stay with it. Here for example we see one of Nadal’s favorite serves to open the court. The distance between the bounce and the opponent’s contact point is 9.8 m. From this position the opponent has to run 10.24 m to reach the next shot.
In this video analysis of the match between the NextGen rising star (in 2016) Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka at the Mutua Madrid Open, one can identify several factors that make tennis such an attractive sport and at the same time make it so difficult and challenging: plenty of shots in different directions, explosive sprints and direction changes, court coverage and tactical patterns.
Tommy Haas show us a great example of a winner in which most risk factors were neutralized, a winner played with minimal risk and with a high probability for success.
Here we see a drop-shot situation in a match between Jeremy Chardy and Janko Tipsarevic. Chardy hits a drop-shot and moves well into the court (5.2 m/17.0 feet) in order to cover a possible counter drop shot. Tipsarevic has to split step and sprint (12.4/41.0 feet) towards the net to reach the ball. He reaches a maximum running speed of 27.5 km/h or 16.5 m/h.
When the opponent hits the tape, it is easy to start bickering about one’s bad luck. However, with a little foresight a ball that hits the tape does not always lead to a lost point. It can sometimes be to your advantage.
For each shot, a player has to choose the best alternative from a whole bag of possible alternatives and then be able to execute the chosen option successfully . This is the constant dance between tactic an technique.
Like in the game of chess, where a a series of moves can end a game, tennis players can also win points through well executed shot combinations. Here is an example by Dominic Thiem in a match against Stan Wawrinka.
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.
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.