Midmatch problems

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  1. Hank Hill

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    Hey guys

    Had a shocker today, won my 1st set 6-0 and was hitting my shots well - my bh was equal to my fh for once. However, 2nd set I tightened up for some reason and started to lose confidence. I used to use a 2h bh but now just use a 1h bh. Trouble is I kept switching in between them during the match and I felt like any consistency I had in the match just evaporated. Any ideas on how to stop myself doing this? lol

    Also, everyone gets dips in form during matches, but today this was the longest I have had and just couldn't shake myself out of it. What do you do to refocus??

    cheers
     
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  2. ledor

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    Just maintain your focus for each individual point and play the ball.

    ...it was because you were thinking of the 6-0, but you have to move ahead, re-focus on the ball and your consistency...take your time and maintain some patience.

    switching to 1h is fine if you can maintain keeping the ball in.
     
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  3. Hank Hill

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    thanks for the input ledor - but I don't think the 6-0 was in my head, more that I was really wanting to win this particular match.

    so, everyone else cruises during matches without hiccups eh? :shock:
     
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  4. BreakPtSi

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    In my challenge for a varsity spot (1-1 in best of 3 matches) I took the first 6-0 and had a chance to break right away a 0-40 his first two service games. Don't ask how I blew both. I lost the second 7-5 I think. I ended up winning a tight 3rd.

    This was mainly due to him really picking up his game, but the 6-0 definitely did hurt me early second set. I thought I had a double bagel rolling along and must have lost focus.
     
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  5. LuckyR

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    After winning any set (especially one 6-0), it is natural for the winner to sigh in relief. It is also common for the other guy to turn on the afterburners and start playing better than at the end of a 6-0 set. The combo is responsible for many turn arounds in matches and frankly makes tennis, as a sport superior to many pasttimes with cumulative scoring (like golf...).
     
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  6. dgoran

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    Wow I had almost the same experience. I was thinking about starting the same topic but I am kind of shy. Anyhow I really have problem with this. I think it's a mental problem.
    I started off my match like steam roll since I did not know level of this guy. After I realized that his level is way below mine I relaxed a bit. I won firs set easy not even thinking about my return game sort of just relying on my serve. I won 6-2 (could have been 6-0 if I really tried) second set after being up 2-0 I just relax too much and I started missing all my serves, overhitting on everything it was amazing, I don't know how but I just had a meltdown. I could not focus if you pay me money. Weird... I lost second and third set 3-6 1-6
    It's kind of strange but I am loving and respecting tennis even more now that I am learning how much mental factor really affects your game.

    I really have all the strokes but mentally I am not there yet. I often have people tell me that technically (stroke wise) I am way above them I just somehow find a way to loose.
     
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  7. Tarboro

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    I think in many ways it's harder to dominate players worse than you than it is to play well against players better than you. Most players (myself included) play way too much against people of about their own level (or slightly above or below) and not nearly often enough against people significantly better and significantly worse than they are.

    There really is no short answer, and I suffer from the same problem to an extent. Ultimately, it depends on your competitive instincts and will to win, which is usually the only thing that can pull me out of a tailspin in a match.
     
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  8. Tennisman912

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    Hank Hill,

    It simple to explain but hard to implement. Never take your foot off the accelerator. Don't let up and think is is over. Keep doing what got you there and expect them to do better. Play one point at a time the best you can and things will work out if you don't focus on the finish line.

    When I beat someone 6-0 in the first set, I want to jump all over them early in the second so maybe they will give up at best, at worst they know I am not going anywhere. I want them to think they have no chance to win early in the second set. Most don't have the mind to fight it out and will fold. Do your best not to give them any glimmer of hope and usually, they will not disappoint you. But if you let then hang around, the more they think they have a chance, the more likely they are not to give up. Crush their spirit early and often. If you don't, you will have to work much harder for that win than you had too.

    IF you NEVER let up, you will be fine.

    Good tennis

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    Good tennis

    TM
     
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  9. Nellie

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    I think a key when you are ahead is to not lose. For example, make things easy for yourself by getting in serves, by hitting second serves so your first serve always goes in; hitting deep and cross court, putting every return back to the middle of the court, etc.

    I know at times, you want to go for winners and they start going in, so you will be ahead. However, if you keep on going for winners, eventually you will start missing and will lose a lot more points than you gain.
     
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  10. counter_puncher

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    just think... we both won sets. so we are equal. :)
     
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  11. Hank Hill

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    thanks everyone for the feedback. I don't think I mentioned I lost the match too! feels even worse from a 6-0 start to be honest. I know that's hardly something that hasn't happened before in the history of tennis, but this is my 1st competitive season and so was a first for me. Still, I'm sure I'll learn from it!

    I'm still a bit annoyed by it actually as I had beaten him twice in the regular season, more the way that I lost my way technically and tactically, rather than the defeat though. Somehow I have to stop reverting back to the 2H bH though.

    cheers
     
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  12. porchdoor

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    that's what she said.
     
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