Time to pick your poison. Tennis looks random, kinda like pinball. Players typically hit cross court, but sometimes they also go down the line. Every now and then they also venture to the net. Nothing seems guaranteed. It all looks random, but it’s not. Tennis is actually a game of repeatable patterns. And those patterns
Part 1 HERE Part 2 HERE Serve & Volley. It has fallen off a cliff. Back in the day, serve and volley used to dominate our sport. In 1997, when serve and volley was first recorded at Wimbledon, it counted for greater than 50% of all first serves AND half of all second serves. Serve and volley
Part 1 Yesterday. Click HERE Serve & Volley. Dead & buried? Roger Federer point-blank called out fellow players at Wimbledon last Monday during an interview that was all about celebrating his record eighth singles title at SW19. The interview covered a lot of angles, but Roger also spoke pointedly about the strategy, or lack thereof, of
NOTE: Parts 2-5 will come out each day this week. What frightens Roger Federer? A week ago today, Roger Federer walked into an interview room at Wimbledon to talk about his historic eighth title. These Monday “day after” interviews are meant to be very fluffy, lots of fun, and mostly reflective on what it’s like
Qualifiers are the real deal. They win more than you think they do. G’day from Wimbledon! There are 16 qualifiers in the main draw of The Championships. They earned that right winning three rounds in the qualifying tournament at Roehampton this week. Do they really have a chance to win a round or two? Oh,
Breaking Down The Match-Ups. G’day from The Championships! I was just on Wimbledon’s FaceBook Live channel with Nick McCarvel and Courtney Nguyen discussing the overall men’s and women’s draws, including specific match-ups in the early rounds. Please click on the link below to see the it. DRAWS Men’s Draw Women’s Draw I look forward to
Pablo’s Pathway. Follow his footsteps to the promised land. 25-year-old Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, is having the best season of his life. He currently has his career best ranking of No. 17 in the world. It’s an outstanding achievement to break into the coveted Top 20, and don’t be surprised to see him crack the
Winning a little helps you win a little more. All points in tennis are not created equal. Some actually mean very little to the final outcome. They are just building blocks. You need a minimum of 24 points to win a set, with some being a lot more influential to the final outcome than others.
Is 2017 Rafa’s year… already? The stats are overwhelmingly in his favor. Firstly, let’s understand the two separate rankings in men’s tennis. Singles Ranking (best 18 tournament results from past 52 weeks). Emirates ATP Race To London: year-end No. 1 (only 2017 results). What we are focused on here is the second one – the
Can Stan possibly defeat Rafa today? Stan beat Novak here in 2015. There’s your huckleberry… G’day from Roland Garros! In order to “flash forward” to figure out who is going to win today’s Roland Garros men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, we need to “flash back” to remind ourselves what is possible for Stan
It’s a sledge hammer / French = marteau de forgery G’day from Roland Garros! Rafael Nadal is blasting his way through the 2017 French Open draw. He is now in the semi finals, and will battle No. 6 seed, Dominic Thiem, for a spot in the final. The beating heart of Nadal’s dominance is his
Don’t Stand In The Wrong Spot. Rafa is a lefty. He likes to serve wide in the Ad. “Like” is an understatement… G’day from Roland Garros 🙂 Rafael Nadal defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Court Suzanne Lenglen yesterday. Roberto is currently No. 18 in the world – with a career high of
The Train Is Rolling. Rafael Nadal is an absolute joke right now… G’day from Roland Garros! I want to share with you what it was like watching Rafael Nadal from five rows back on Court Suzanne Lenglen today. Nadal defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the 4th round – like he wasn’t even

TIME is the enemy…

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There are EIGHT ways to force an error. Time is one of them. G’day from Paris! It’s been a magnificent first week at Roland Garros watching matches and researching the game. I was just looking through the draw and saw that if Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem both win in the 4th round, then they
Roland Garros 2017 Sunday Fun Day! G’day from Paris, The French Open is the only Grand Slam to start main draw matches on a Sunday. It provides the opportunity for people to come on the weekend and see the best players in the world. Good idea all round! There were 16 matches scheduled in both
So, you want to be No. 1 do you? Here’s your formula… G’day from Austin! I like to reverse-engineer tennis coaching. I like to start at the end to know all that I can about the destination I am trying to get to. I like to start with a thorough investigation of the final result.
We play a “front runner” sport. G’day from Munich, We play a sport that is so much easier to succeed at when you get ahead on the scoreboard. Coming from behind is tough. Really tough. For example,  nobody in the history of tennis has a winning record after losing the 1st set. Below are several
Athleticism Perfonified Dominic Thiem battles Rafael Nadal in the Barcelona final later this afternoon. Rafa is going to look to hit as many forehands as possible, and target the majority of them straight at Dominic Thiem’s backhand. Rafa will be looking to get the ball up high, and push Thiem back as far as possible.
They look the same, they smell the same… G’day from Austin, On the surface, there are a lot of similarities between the score lines of 30-30 and deuce. Both point scores see the players even in the game, and both point scores are just two points from the end of the game. I just did
Own your 2nd serve. The top 10 players in the world do things just a little bit better than those chasing them up the rankings. But what exactly do they do better? I recently wrote an Infosys Beyond The Numbers story on the ATP website focused on what the Top 10 do so well. It