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.
The players have no choice: Dominic Thiem can barely defend against Wawrinka’s forehand. Wawrinka sees the opportunity to attack. He hits a nice slice backhand approach and attacks the net running in the direction of his approach shot.
This clip is a great example of a sneak attack, that is, a situation when a player decides to approach the net only after he/she sees that his/her shot will get the opponent in trouble.In this case, Stepanek catches Murray leaning in the wrong direction and is able to force him with a neutral crosscourt backhand – a shot that would normally not lead to an opportunity to approach the net.
David Ferrer runs around the backhand and hits a forcing return crosscourt. As he sees his opponent in trouble, David moves forward but does not have quite the time to hit the incoming shot in the air.
Even top players continue working on fundamentals. Here we see Jürgen Müller in our camp in Albarella/Itally in the fall of 2019 with Dominik Koepfer (#85 ATP).
Improve your balance at the net using a balance board while volleying
Here is a nice exercise to improve your volleys when stretched.