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 from New York! Defense defeated offense. Speed of foot defeated speed of racket. Coco Gauff defeated Aryna Sabalenka. Gauff defeated Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a remarkable display of courage, determination, positive match rituals, defensive prowess, and a single-minded between-point routine that never changed, no matter if she won or lost the point. Everything
To Read The Match Preview, Click HERE 2023 US OPEN: MATCH REVIEW N. Djokovic def. B. Shelton 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4) This match promised so much but, unfortunately, didn’t deliver on the hype. I watched it courtside and spent most of the match underwhelmed with the one-sided nature of the contest. I thought Ben played strategically
Let’s say for a moment that Ben Shelton somehow finds a way to defeat Novak Djokovic in their US Open semi-final this afternoon (3:00 pm start). How would it happen? How in the world would he pull it off? There are five distinct pathways to victory that all need to merge to spawn such a
G’day From New York, It was the first point of the match. Frances Tiafoe hit his first serve wide, and Ben Shelton took up a regular return position for the 2nd serve. It was your average, standard, run-of-the-mill start of the match. Until it wasn’t. Shelton waited until the toss went up so Tiafoe couldn’t

Ben Shelton’s Super Power Is?

Gday from New York. UPDATE: BOTTOM OF THE PAGE QUARTER-FINAL – SHELTON DEF. TIAFOE 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 Ben Shelton has blasted his way to the quarter-finals of the 2023 US Open and plays Frances Tiafoe tonight on Arthur Ashe. The 20-year-old is the youngest American player to reach the quarters since Andy Roddick in
G’day from New York! We are down to the last 16 players at the US Open, so let’s check in and see who has been excelling when serving, returning, rallying and getting to the net. These are the men’s match-ups for the Rd of 16. Carlos Alcaraz v Matteo Arnaldi Alexander Zverev v Jannik Sinner

Can You Slow-Ball Novak Djokovic?

G’day From New York On one hand, you could say that Novak Djokovic came out passive. On the other hand, you can certainly identify that it was Djere’s intention to play a passive game style to blunt Djokovic’s aggression. For two sets, Djere’s counter-intuitive plan worked perfectly. And then he got a little fatigued and
G’day from New York, Carlos Alcaraz wants everyone to believe that all is good in his world coming into the 2023 US Open, where he is the defending champion. He has actually gone a step further by announcing in a pre-tournament press conference that he has improved since taking the title last year. “I feel
G’day, Improvement is an elusive dynamic. In all areas of our life, we look to get better day by day. We seek to elevate our best and reach new heights. But making your best better is not always the optimal way. What about eliminating the lowest-performing areas you are trying to improve? Improving your best
Alcaraz: Wimbledon Final 1st Serve Lesson Carlos Alcaraz stunned Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final a week ago in a thrilling five-set final. Next Thursday’s webinar will focus on learning the patterns of play and momentum swings of the final and how you can directly improve your game by studying the best two players in
Gday from Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic takes on Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final later this afternoon in a blockbuster match-up for the ages. Djokovic is playing for history. If he wins, he ties Roger Federer with eight Wimbledon titles. He would have also won the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and now Wimbledon. Only the US
G’day from Wimbledon. 🎾🌱 On Friday, we have two outstanding matches in the men’s semi-finals at The Championships. Carlos Alcaraz v Daniil Medvedev Jannik Sinner v Novak Djokovic Below is an analysis of rally length for all four players to the semi-finals. It is not meant to be a head-to-head comparison. Instead, it is about
Fifty-seven forehand errors. Elina Svitolina defeated world No. 1 Iga Swiatek, 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2 in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon today with a stunning display of baseline supremacy. What was Svitolina’s strategy? To run a battering ram at Swiatek’s forehand and smash it from a strength into a weakness, committing a substantial 57 forehand errors in
G’day from Wimbledon.  The quarter-finals for the Wimbledon men’s singles are set. Here’s the lineup. Carlos Alcaraz v Holger Rune Daniil Medvedev v Chris Eubanks Jannik Sinner v Roman Safiullin Andrey Rublev v Novak Djokovic The Cinderella stories are #43 Eubanks and #92 Safiullin. Let’s focus on the 27-year-old Eubanks to understand what he doing

Andy Murray Needs To Chill

One minute, Andy Murray was surging, and Wimbledon glory was once again at his fingertips. The next minute, he imploded, and it didn’t matter that he was only six points from defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas.  He was too angry to see straight. The eruption came at the worst possible time. Tsitsipas defeated Murray 7-6(3), 6-7(2), 4-6,
G’day from Wimbledon, 🌱🎾 Sports are supposed to be linear. As the years pass by, athletes get stronger, run faster, and hit the ball harder… you get the picture. Something has happened to serve speed at Wimbledon. It is getting slower instead of faster. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that provides historical serve speed
2023 Wimbledon Match Updates: Bottom Of The Page Nobody knows how to play Novak. Novak Djokovic has won 28 straight matches at Wimbledon since 2018 and is looking to tie Roger Federer with eight titles at The Championships this year. Why is the Super Serb so dominant at SW19? Because opponents don’t do their homework,
G’day from Paris, What a treat the tennis world is in for Friday afternoon in Paris! Novak Djokovic against Carlos Alcaraz. This match is going to stop all of us in our tracks. The new generation is ready to take a big step forward against the old generation. I look forward to writing an analysis
G’day From Paris. 🇫🇷 It’s blockbuster time. 💥 Novak Djokovic versus Carlitos Alcaraz in the men’s semi-final on Friday. It should be the final, but that’s not how the draw shook out. Who is going to win? I think Novak. I think it will be five sets, and I anticipate it being a spectacular match
G’day from Roland Garros. 🇫🇷🎾 The baseline is a statistical nightmare. Or as the French like to say, “La ligne de base est un cauchemar statistique.” You just have to take a look at Roland Garros right now to understand how tough it is to win points consistently from the back of the court. The