Return of Serve Points
Let's now move onto the start of point scenario where you are returning serves. If you read the last article on serving (Click Here), you have an understanding of what an intelligent server is trying to do. This is a great starting point for making marginal gains in return points.
If your opponent makes a first serve, the percentage chance of winning the point is the lowest of the 4 start of point scenarios. But there are still ways to find marginal gains and win a higher percentage of these points. And we know just a few more points won over the course of a match can prove critical in determining the winner.
Ultimately, you want your opponent to have to do more than just make the first serve to earn the point. So getting returns in is crucial. Trying risky returns on first serves can lead to cheap points for the server. Even strong servers will struggle to serve accurately enough that you can't get your racket to the ball a decent amount of the times.