How to Improve Your Tennis Game
Edward Hillam explains how, by emulating the professionals, you can improve your tennis games.
If you are looking to raise your tennis game to the next level, it is a great idea to examine some features of how the top tennis stars play. To get to the highest level, world-famous Grand Slam winners have honed specific aspects of their game to such a degree that they are the best in the world at that particular skill. By analysing some of the best players of recent times, it should give you some guidance as to how you can improve your all-around game.
Nadal is possibly the greatest clay-court tennis player of all time, hence the nickname, “The King of Clay”. He has won the French Open nine times, and as of mid-August 2016 is one of the frontrunners to win again in the early Roland Garros betting with Betway. Nadal earned his title by displaying extreme levels of stamina. He would stick to the baseline and grind out victories as the opponent tired. The Spaniard would continuously play long, heavy, topspin shots back to the opponent to force him to continue playing, rather than try to win the point with a slice close to the net or a drive down the line. To replicate this style, you need to make sure you have high levels of fitness. You must be willing to patiently wear your opponent down and then capitalise on their fatigue.
Djokovic is classed as an “ambi-style baseliner”, and adapts his strategy depending on the opponent. When playing against players like Nadal, who plays defensively on the baseline, Djokovic will aggressively punch against them, and force them into making mistakes. But when playing against more aggressive players like Roger Federer, the Serb will adopt a more defensive, baseline strategy similar to that of Nadal's. It is this ability to switch strategy and the fact that he can play both styles so well that has led Djokovic to become the number one tennis player in the world.
With a good few years left in him yet, he looks poised to overtake Federer's record for most Grand Slam titles won. To develop Djokovic's ability to adapt to different situations, you need to play a wide variety of opponents. Look for players with an aggressive style, and others with a more defensive style, and develop ways to change your game accordingly.
Federer is generally classed as one of the best tennis players of all time and holds the record for most Grand Slams won at 17. Although he is past his best and the glory days are over, he is still an absolute joy to watch on the court. It is hard to pinpoint a specific part of his game in which he excels more, as he is a classic all-rounder.
There is no doubt that the Swiss star's fitness levels have always been unrivalled. He continuously manages to reach the latter stages of whichever tournament he enters. There are a few weak spots in Federer's game, which is why he has enjoyed success on every surface. While it is hard to pick out his key strength, one could argue that it is his tennis mind. He has managed to overcome all the other top-level tennis players and can do it in varying conditions.
To emulate Federer, you should try to get into the mind of your opponents and predict what they are likely to do. A great way to start picking up the habits of these great players would be to watch footage of them over and over again. If you can replicate even a few of their specialist skills, you will already be on the way to becoming a much better tennis player.
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About the Author
Edward Hillam has been writing for a few years now, and sports is one of his favourite topics – from football to hockey and MMA, he watches them all and has been creating content for quite a few sports publishers. He has also been reviewing movies and cinema is one of his other passions.