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By Larry Hodges | Nov. 23, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

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Artur Gigorev (RUS) at the 2013 Russian Open Championships

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Go Down the Line From Wide Forehand

When an opponent goes to your wide forehand, they give you an extreme angle into their wide forehand. As you move to the ball, they automatically move to cover this angle. What do most players do? They play the ball right where the opponent is moving to the wide forehand. You’ll rarely get them there.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go there it’s the long angle, and so the safest place to go. Also, most returns will come right back to your forehand. However if you have a good forehand, if you attack it hard right down the line, it usually won’t come back. In fact, you’ll be surprised at how often the opponent doesn’t even touch it.

Note on what to do if it does come back expect a soft return (at least until the opponent proves otherwise). Be ready to hit your backhand, or if you are caught way out of position, perhaps chop it, or a soft, controlling backhand. Remember that your opponent is probably now in a backhand position, and so isn’t going to use their forehand too often if you angle to their backhand.

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