I just had my first match in my first ever tournament. ( Well don't look at my post count, which is mostly earnt in bashing and talking in General Player and Match Result forum. ) I lost 2:6, 0:6. This is the novice group from 2.0 to 3.0. Since it is my first tournament, I just put myself at lowest 2.0. and I played this guy who rated himself 2.5. My thoughts: I didn't play during the last 2 days. so we tried to rally and warm up. I was surprised. He was not rallying. He was spraying the balls everywhere, constantly with some drop shots. I did play practice match before, but this is the first time I play this kind of rally warm up. So this warmup is not really any warmup. I shanked a lot of balls, but this happens whenever I started to play anyone for the first 5 min. So I admitted this was a sh|t warmup. Then after about 10 min, we started. He is a left-handed player. At first I was thrown off my his serve, both by the spin and by the pace. For the spin, just as most people say, it is the opposite. At the beginning, I hit some balls in the middle of my frame and the lower of my string bed. About the pace, it is really slow. The first few serves of his were like dropshot. I can say his serves mostly are spins, not pace. I didn't warm up well and I couldn't run to the ball. so darned I lost a few points. Then as time goes on, my serve deteriorated. I always have this problem. At the beginning of a match, I tend to serve well, but it usually goes from good to bad. So, I hold my serve once and I broke him once. Then from then on, I double faulted most of my own serve. On the second set, my serve followed the same pattern. but I couldn't hold them. Once we deuced 3 times, and when he was on advantage, I double faulted again. darn. that's it. Overall in the match, I feel I had more winners than his. But I also committed much more UEs: aggressive return goes out, forgot how to hit even some easy shots, not watching his spinning etc. I don't think he is a typical pusher, but he did throw off several moon balls. We had a good rally, which probably had more than 10 shots exchange. and I won it. He can't rally well. In fact, I won most of the longer rallies. but when he threw off several moon balls that landed near baseline, I couldn't return it as the new balls bounce up really fast. so this is my experience. I have to admit I am mentally weak in real games. Most of the time I commit most of the errors myself. I couldn't believe the scoreline, but I accept it. :-| Any comments are welcome.