Brain Game Tennis Blog

Learn tennis strategy, read analysis of pro matches, and more from the Brain Game Tennis blog. All posts are written by ATP tennis strategy coach & analyst, Craig O'Shannessy.

G’day, Nick Kyrgios is through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 US Open and takes on Karen Khachanov this evening at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Should be an amazing atmosphere! Here’s Kyrgios’ tournament to date. Rd 1 def. Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) Rd 2 def. Benjamin Bonzi 7-6(3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Rd 3 def. JJ

Nick Kyrgios Is The Antidote

G’day, Nick Kygios played one of the best matches of his pro career last night to defeat No. 1 ranked Daniil Medvedev 7-6(11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and advance to the quarter-finals of the US Open. It was a spectacular match with some incredible shot-making. Big game on the big stage. Kyrgios served lights out, crushing
G’day, Is your second serve a strength of your game? I can say with almost certainty that it is not because it’s not for almost everyone on the 🌏. Winning more points on 2nd serve will be covered in extensive detail in the webinar Serve Strategy: Patterns, Percentages & Drills, which is now available for
G’day! There are always two matches that you play when you step onto the court to compete. During the point. Between the points. We have all heard how tennis is such a mental game. Staying focused on your game plan and the opponent is a crucial element of that. The August 18th webinar (Serve Strategy:
G’day! Where you stand on the court to start the point in doubles really, really matters!!! I want to give you a sneak peek into one of the doubles strategies I will cover in the Doubles webinar this Thursday (July 28, at 1.00 pm US Centra)l. Would love to have you along! You can click
  G’day! This is a very cool way to watch a forehand = on repeat! Let yourself be mesmerized by the forehands playing again & again every 1-2 seconds. These GIFs are meant to be watched for 30 seconds to a minute and sometimes more before you go on to the next one. Here’s how
  G’day! Novak Djokovic has done it again! The Super Serb won his seventh Wimbledon yesterday, which includes the last four in a row. Stunning numbers any way you want to slice them! The following breakdown combines all seven matches in one data set. Those 2022 matches were: Rd 1 def. Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 3-6,
G’day, Is Nick Kyrgios a legitimate chance to upset the Novak Djokovic apple cart 🍎🛒 in the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday? Anything is possible, but the Super Serb is looking to win his fourth Wimbledon in a row and seventh overall. Djokovic has experience to burn. This will be his 32nd Grand Slam
G’day, Rafael Nadal is through to the semi-finals of Roland Garros, chasing an unprecedented 14th title in Paris. Here’s the road he has taken so far: Rd 1 def. Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 Rd 2 def. Corentin Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 Rd 3 def. Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 Rd 4 def.
G’day from Paris, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will play for the 59th time in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros on Wednesday. Overall, Djokovic leads the head-to-head 30-28. Djokovic won their last meeting, which was at Roland Garros in 2021. All of that will be water under the bridge when they do battle in the
G’day from Paris, Aliaksandra Sasnovich took it to Emma Raducanu today at Roland Garros, winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. I watched the match, anticipating a victory by Emma. Didn’t happen. Here’s why… Emma has a forehand problem. Not a good problem to have when you are battling for Grand Slam glory. Emma
G’day from Paris, The road to Roland Garros glory has always gone straight through the baseline. Players must be dominant from the back of the court if they want to take home fresh French silverware. Through the first two days at Roland Garros this year, there is a strong sense of Déjà vu resonating through
G’day From Paris, You see something different when you watch something many times instead of just once or twice. You see the same thing happening again & again & again. You learn more. You appreciate the subtleties and nuances that you never really picked up on before. The last week I have been putting some
G’day from Roma, You can break down what happens in a tennis match into four simple categories. Serving Returning Rallying Approaching Different players are going to employ different strategies, but in general, you are going to find minor variations in the patterns of play because players know what works and what doesn’t from playing hundreds
G’day, Carlos Alcaraz rose to a career-high ranking of No. 6 in the world courtesy of winning the Madrid Masters 1000 last week. What makes this 19-year-old so special? What does he do a little bit differently than other players? Here’s one thing that stood out to me, and I bet it will help with
G’day from Roma, This match was an old-fashioned tennis brawl – with the partisan Italian crowd right in the middle of it! Denis Shapovalov defeated Lorenzo Sonego 7-5(5), 3-6, 6-3 in an emotionally charged encounter on Grandstand here in Rome yesterday. I have worked with the Italian Federation for several years and was courtside (front
G’day Watching two Rafa’s spank forehands instead of one is simply mesmerizing! Stromotion and Simulcam are two very cool tools in the Dartfish suite that I don’t typically use a lot. But these videos of Rafael Nadal practicing in Rome in 2021 seemed like a good idea! The Simulcam tool puts two Rafa’s on the
G’day, We are in the age of the ultra-deep returner, thanks to Rafael Nadal. Rafa started the revolution of standing wayyyy back near the back fence to return, and now other players such as Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud, and more are following suit. What’s the benefit? Glad you asked! The end-game for Rafa to stand
G’day, In the first three and a half months of 2022, Novak Djokovic played just three matches. Dubai def. Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-3 Dubai def. Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6(2) Dubai lost to Jiri Vesely 6-4, 7-6(4) Last week in Monte Carlo, he played another one:     4. Monte Carlo lost to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
G’day, Daniil Medvedev was forced to miss the 2022 Rolex Monte Carlo Masters after having an operation to fix a small hernia. Get well Daniil! I was fortunate enough to get down low courtside and watch him practice back in 2019. His groundstroke technique is certainly unique! Enjoy the forehand breakdown below – in 10