Maybe nothing to brag about, but I havent stepped on a court in almost 5years, and I never actually rated myself back when i used to play regularly. Ive always loved to play, but Ive never played any tournaments or had any lessons, just for fun. Theres a guy i work with who claimed that He's a 4.5 level player, we've talked about playing eachother but very jokingly cause i was sure that i would get killed, 6-1 6-2 if I was lucky. So we played last night. My serve is pretty bad, I never was very good at it and never had anyone really show me some proper technique. I can hit a pretty good slice serve down the middle about 50% of the time. So he got a lot of second serves from me. Anyway, I ended up doing much better than i anticipated. The first set started out BAD. I double faulted to lose serve on the first game, he aced me 3 times and then a service winner on the game point of the second game. After breaking me again, he was up 3-0, then I actually broke him twice to get back on serve. We went to 4-4, he broke me again then served out the first set to win it 6-4. By this point my legs were already tired due to not having been on the court in so long. In the second set, he was making a lot of errors, so I started pulling a roddick and just hit it back to him until he netted it. I could also tell that my untrained, un orthodox style was throwing him off cause he is used to playing real tennis players. Anyway, most of the baseline rallys went his way unless he made an error, i hit a couple of good forehand winners, my backhand sucks and usually just floats back to him or goes long. I ended up losing the second set 7-5. It actually was a pretty competitive match, there were lots of rallys that could have gone either way. I have a feeling that if I had a good serve and a better backhand, I probably could have atleast taken a set off him if not beaten him. Just thought I would share that story. Im really not even sure what it takes to be considered a 4.5, somebody wanna fill me in?