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I know Igor well. He coached me for a time when I was about 14 and later a team mate in TTV pennant.
He has excellent control of the ball and understands spin very well. What he was doing is a really simple way of playing against a long pimple player.
When you push the ball to their backhands they may not be bale to attack the ball with their long pimples. So by pushing the ball in that direction you can wait for the correct ball to attack. What Igor was doing was putting some backspin on the ball so that the ball would come back to him with topspin that he could attack when he was ready. The really relevant point is that he can wait till he is ready. You can dominate the long pimple player in this way and control what is happening in the rally.
The wristy attack that you are talking about is a slow topspin that is done when you are ready. By playing this stroke after pushing the ball the long pimple player is close to the table and needs to adjust between the backspin and topspin.
Remember though that Igor has been playing for over 50 years and so will have a very good understanding of the ball, the spin and what he needs to do. It is probably a very good lesson for you.
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