Jeremy Chardy – Only Bad Luck

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[av_video src='https://vimeo.com/128920020' format='16-9' width='16' height='9' av_uid='av-7dxolqi']When the opponent hits the tape, it is easy to start bickering about one's bad luck. However, with a little foresight a ball that hits the tape does not always lead to a lost point. It can sometimes be to your advantage.  
 

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Janko Tipsarevic (near) is waiting to return a first serve from the French player Jeremy Chardy (far)
 
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Chardy serves directly at the body, getting Tipsarevic in trouble. Topsarevic moves towards the ball but has to shift his weigh to stay in balance.
 
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The strong serve leads to a weak return. Chardy wants to take advantage of this and runs around his backhand to hit a forehand. The Frenchman hits a great forehand inside-out. His shot lands well inside the sideline and well into the court, which results in a forcing but safe shot by Chardy.
 
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And here is where it gets interesting. Chardy recognized right after the hit that his shot will force the opponent,and therefore steps into the court.
 
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In adition, he sees that the opponet is off the court and will have to use a slice backhand. The odds of a powerful shot from Tipsarevic. are minimal.
 
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As it turns out, Tipsarevic's shot hits the tape and rolls over. In many cases such a lucky shot would translate into an unlucky point-loss for one and an lucky point-win for the other, but the Frenchman was expecting a weak shot and is already at the service line.
 
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Therefore, he is not really surprised by this shot hitting the tape. As a matter of fact, he suddenly finds himself with many options. He can go for a winner to either corner but ends up deciding to hit down the line to the open court.
 
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However, Tipsarevic is very fast and reaches the shot fully outstretched hitting a high defensive lob.
 
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However, the point is over when Chardy hits an overhead. Chardy ends up winning the point even after the opponent's shot tips the net. A "net-roller" is not always necessarily bad luck!
 
 

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