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I have watched your video about defenders tactics and it is great, something that we defenders need. I also think that it is possible to reach high level play with defending, regarding strong attackers.
Here is what I want to know: when attacker serves short, should defender return short, or does he have to return long by default. I have watched some clips from top defenders like Joo Se Hyuk, Ruwen Filus, and, whether the serve goes to their forehand or backhand, they always return long. Why is that? Usually when I return long, my opponent tries to attack, even strongly. Can you elaborate me on this issue. Thanks
The top players tend to do this because they know what the next ball is going to be then. They know they will get a topspin ball and so they can move back and be prepared for this. If they return short, their opponent can play it back short or flick it fast and long. They have a good ability to return the topspin shots.
For the club player I think the short return can also be effective because the attacker doesn't have such a strong attack off the short ball.
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