- ETI 008 Pressuring the Second Serve
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“You are only as good as your second serve.”
I know, I do write about this quite a lot, but I believe it – and in nearly every instance the statistics of the professional matches support the idea.
The match winner always wins more points on their second serve, and the match loser will always lose more points on their second serve.
But if you pay keen attention to patterns, as well as the opponent’s mannerisms and tendencies, you can apply more and more pressure on your opponent’s second serve.
In my own tennis life, I found it quite simple to serve against poor or defensive receivers, for there was little threat or cause for alarm. But against aggressive receivers (and in particular one Steve Cornell) it felt like i was trying to hit better first serves than I wanted to (or was capable of hitting) and then getting hammered on my second deivery.
Further, players of that calibre somehow knew where I would place my second serve in big situations.
They were on to my strengths and weaknesses, and with a new perspective you can learn to do the same.