We are going to take a tactical journey in an attempt to make some short lists of the most important game styles and what each style relies on to make themselves successful. We will also take the time to analyze how each style matches up against the others.


Tend to hit the serve a little bigger, in an attempt to create free points and short balls where they can use their dominant forehand. They are seeking to use effective "serve-plus-one".

They like to start every point in control of the middle of the court. Novak Djokovik and VICTORIA AZARENKA are excellent role models for this style.


  • Serve wide, first ball open court
  • Serve T first ball back behind
  • Serve T first ball angle
  • Uses forehand to dictate points
  • Covers 2/3 of the court or more with the forehand
  • Looks to take ground and take time whenever possible
  • Able to give ground when necessary
  • Likes to play when holding a lead
  • Very solid backhand with the ability to mix in an effective slice


Able to take the cross court rally ball and change direction down the line with different spins and height with excellent control.

  • Multiple forehand inside out's to set up forehand inside in or backhand down the line
  • Aggressive backhand cross court to set up forehand inside-in
  • Takes time away from opponent by driving the backhand down the line to set up the forehand inside out/in finish
  • Starts the point with aggressive middle ball pushing opponent back, so they can take the shorter ball to either side
  • Serve Wide-first ball open court
  • Serve plus forehand
  • Serve T first ball behind

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