You love the baseline. You love to go back there and hit forehands and backhands until your brain explodes with endorphins. You think the baseline is your happy place. You spend all your time there in practice, and unfortunately, you overdose on this part of the court in matches as well.
Here’s the reality of the baseline. It’s a really rough place to be. In fact, it’s really, really difficult to have a winning record from back there. Look at the numbers below.
2016 US Open – Tournament Averages
How do you like the baseline now? 😢
Because the win percentages are close to a 50-50 battle from the back of the court, it’s imperative you know the best patterns. The best pattern is called “The 2-1 Pattern”.
In my first tennis strategy course, The 25 Golden Rules of Singles Strategy, one of the rules (#18) is totally focused on The 2-1 Pattern. You can get a lot more info on the 2-1 pattern there.
Here’s the scoop…
The first number (2) is determined by how many shots go through the Ad court to baseline positions C and D. Look at the pic below to learn the four baseline locations.
Baseline Locations: Positions A, B, C, and D.
You will see from the video below that Alex De Minaur built the point in the following manner:
- Go DEEP to Position C. The key is depth. Push the opponent onto the back foot so they can’t attack you down the line. Make your opponent hit a backhand in C and then also take away the Deuce court as a target for them.
- Now go WIDE to Position D. When you push the opponent back, they will typically hit the ball back a little shorter to you. You can now step in and have better geometry to attack with.
- Now FINISH to Position A. By pushing the opponent back, and then wide, you have created a big hole on the other side of the court to finish the point. A perfect combination.
The most ideal combo is the “2-1”. But sometimes you need to be a little more patient and run a “3-1”, which involves three building shots through the Ad court before you finish to Position A. Sometimes you get to run a “1-1” where your first shot to the Ad court is so good that it enables to attack Position A on the next ball.
Here’s the video. Alex De Minaur does a great job running the pattern.
2018 Wimbledon Channel Preview: Rafael Nadal vs. Alex De Minaur