Scene 1: Serve / Net Play Even from the service, we observe that Lin Dan showed tremendous fear against Taufik while Taufik showed the heart of a fearless champion. Lin Dan consistently served in a manner to attempt to minimize the weaknesses in his own game, while Taufik served to constantly attack Lin Dan's weaknesses. While one served to cover up their own inadequacies, the other served to attack his opponent's weaknesses. The match was over after the first few serves. It is clear that Mulyo and Taufik must have identified a perceived weakness in Lin Dan's game; namely, his backhand net play and backhand defence. Taufik consistently served to Lin Dan's backhand and tried to serve into his body (backhand side) as much as possible. These were Taufik's most effective serves as serving into the body limited Lin Dan's options in addition to Lin's already weak backhand returns. The thing that was identified by the Indonesians was that Lin is unable to put much spin on his backhand net shots meaning that Taufik need not be threatened by a strong net reply to his short serves. This gave Taufik the freedom to play off the net a bit more since he knew a net reply by Lin to his serve would (a) lack spin and/or (b) be too high above the tape. Further, while Lin has woked on his net game over the last couple of years from non-existence to passability, it is his forehand net shots that he is able to impart spin to. It is also only from his forehand that he is able to utilize strong flicks and employ other forms of deception at or close to the net. Lin's backhand net returns are very predictable and plain-- something for him to definitely work on. Being able to play off the net that extra inch allowed Taufik to conserve energy in his travels to the baseline on clears. Taufik also did not mind replies to his backhand as this meant less footwork / energy expended to retrieve the shuttle since it is easier to make an effective shot from the backhand than from the forehand when the bird is past you. Rather than expending his energy constantly running around the head, Taufik invited Lin to hit the serve reply to his backhand. This was done for a couple of reasons. One, Taufik was not yet in peak form-- he needed to train about another 6 weeks before reaching a more ideal level of fitness and standard. Two, playing against a right-handed player or a left-handed player with superior backhand strokes, Taufik might not have been wise to invite play toward his backhand. The standard reply in the backhand corner is some form of a straight shot-- straight drop, straight half-smash, etc. Since Lin's smash defense on his backhand side is not all that impressive and since his backhand net replies are very weak, Taufik could play backhand straight drops without fear, waiting for Lin's unforced errors or weak replies-- mixing it up just enough to keep Lin honest-- but in comparison to most other opponents, Taufik had little to fear with a backhand straight drop. Was there something Lin could have done during the match given his own technical limitations? Yes. But he and his coaches did not identify it. When we observe Lin's serves, we see the exact opposite. Lin consistently served to Taufik's forehand hoping/praying for the standard reply toward Lin's own forehand. Rather then attempting to limit Taufik's options by serving more into the body as Taufik did to Lin, Lin served in a manner attempting to encourage Taufik to hit toward Lin's forehand. Lin served to the T when holding an odd score, which in doubles might be the standard, but in singles without variation, it is predictable and allows your opponent many options. Taufik avoided serving to the T, which allowed him to anticipate Lin's replies more easily; standard reply is straight--if Lin tried to played a flat cross-court, Taufik was ready to intercept--Lin was probably taught early on as a kid in the Chinese national system not to play cross-court lifts to opponent's forehand (but this is actually an acceptable tactic against Taufik who is expecting this type of reply the least). By being able to eliminate some of Lin's replies (lift to Taufik's forehand, flat shots to Taufik's forehand--Taufik's reaction time is too quick and he would easily intercept them, etc.), Taufik was able to narrow down Lin's possible replies, which allowed him to anticipate, get a quicker jump on Lin's replies, and play at ease and with confidence knowing what his opponent would do. When Taufik did serve to the T, it was more of a strategic mistake due to mental laziness and his observation that Lin's backhand replies were so weak, Taufik did not even need to serve into Lin's body. The disparity and contrast in serve selection was quite startling. One player showed confidence in his game and looked to attack his opponent's weaknesses. The other player showed insecurities in his game and looked to minimize his own weaknesses. The victor was, as is usually the case, the confident one.