Just imagine for a moment what it’s like to finally arrive at match point in a Wimbledon final. It’s quite simply the biggest moment & biggest point of your life! This was the focus of my Wimbledon Channel analysis in 2019 to kick off The Championships. Watch the video below to see the successful strategies on match point, and then read my short review for your own game…
Wimbledon Channel: 2007 – 2012 Wimbledon Match Points For Men & Women
2007 Women: V. Williams def M. Bartoli (Strategy = Body Serve)
- I love the body serve and I don’t see it hit nearly enough on the pro tour. It’s a great strategy to make the returner have to move away from the ball, and if the return comes back in play, it’s typically weaker down the middle of the court.
2007 Men: R. Federer def R. Nadal (Strategy = Run-Around Forehand Return)
- When your opponent serves to your backhand, you don’t always have to accept it. I highly encourage you to run around and upgrade to a forehand and immediately wrestle control of the point.
2008 Women: V. Williams def S. Williams (Strategy = Defense Goes Cross Court)
- Venus’ last backhand cross court was perfect. When you are in trouble and on the run, it’s best to go cross. Serena then went down the line with her backhand which is so difficult in such a big moment.
2008 Men: R. Nadal def. R. Federer (Strategy = Footwork To Short Balls)
- The short backhand from Rafa looks easy. It’s absolutely not. The ball does not have a lot of speed and the court is short – and the pressure of the moment for Roger was enormous.
2009 Women: S. Williams def. V. Williams (Strategy = Block Your Way Out Of Trouble)
- Venus hits a smart serve to the forehand jam location. Serena blocks the jam serve back in the middle of the court. Always look to shorten swings when in trouble.
2009 Men: R. Federer def. A. Roddick (Strategy = Deep To The Middle)
- Roger goes deep down the middle of the court and forces a forehand error. Going middle gives you a big target and provides no angle coming back. Perfect backhand in such a big moment.
2010 Women: S. Williams def. V. Zvonareva (Strategy = Step Forward To Short Ball)
- Watch Serena’s last backhand in the rally. The ball comes short to her and she takes several small adjusting steps around the baseline to get into position and lean on the ball.
2010 Men: R. Nadal def. T. Berdych (Strategy = Don’t Approach To The Forehand)
- Rafa is perfectly positioned standing in the middle of the court. This approach shot for Tomas would have been better going deep to the backhand side. Approaching middle backhand works as well, as it gives less angle for the pass.
2011 Women: P. Kvitova def. M. Sharapova (Strategy = Secondary Serve Direction)
- Playing against a lefty, Sharapova understandably covered the primary slice serve location out wide. Kvitova was a step ahead – and serving at 40-0 – so changed direction down the T. Nice surprise! It must be nice to win Wimbledon with an ace!
2011 Men: N. Djokovic def. R. Nadal (Strategy = Forehand Approach To The Backhand)
- Novak plays the percentages and rolls a heavy forehand cross to Rafa’s backhand. The main problem for Rafa is he is so far behind the baseline, making the percentages of hitting a successful passing short very low.
2012 Women: S. Williams def. A. Radwanska (Strategy = One More Shot)
- When you play someone who makes a lot of balls but does not hit a lot of winners, be prepared to hit one more ball in the court than normal. Serena shows great patience to wait for the right ball to go for the backhand winner.
2012 R. Federer def. A. Murray (Strategy = Forehand Approach To The Forehand)
- It’s a risky play for Roger to approach to the forehand, and Andy barely missed the cross court passing shot. Roger probably thought Andy would naturally cover the approach to the backhand.
Lots of wonderful strategies to copy and paste for your own game.