Suffering really heavy defeats.

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  1. Gooner89

    Gooner89 Rookie

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    Today I suffered my heaviest defeat ever in a league match (Winter league in UK).
    Ok, Ive been injured and the snow in England hasnt helped but I felt pretty good going into todays game, although the guy on the other side of the net had a good rating.
    Well it started badly and got worse. 6-0, 6-1.
    My power seemed to go, my serve (a useful weapon) was awful and my reliable backhand just didnt happen, and my anticipation was a joke.
    Ive never had a pasting like that.
    I feel awful, my confidence has just utterly drained.
    What do you guys do after a defeat like that?

    Added to that I got in and watched Arsenal get dumped out of the cup. :cry:
     
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  2. Fedace

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    ^^when the score is 6-0 and 4-0, you retire and say you are injured.....ok so it goes in as Retirement not a Loss.
     
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  3. Gooner89

    Gooner89 Rookie

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    Good answer, bit late now though.
     
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  4. Jim A

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    It happens to everyone, look at Clijsters the other day and most other pros have been on either side of that.

    If there is one thing I've learned since I started playing again is that what goes wrong happens to all of us. Seeing top players lose a set and a break lead makes it easier to take, that they have trouble closing out matches, getting vapor lock on the court and/or are the victim of bad calls while out there.

    It's going to happen, you're better for not retiring and in a few weeks you'll be in the opposite scenario so enjoy it
     
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  5. beernutz

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    It happens to everyone at one time or another. Look at the beating Fed took in the 08 French Open final (1, 3, and 0 IIRC). Total embarrassment that was, but he seems to have bounced back ok. That is, if you call winning 3 out of the next 6 slam titles and making the finals in all 6 slams since then ok.

    When I take a beatdown like that I like to go home and cut out those strings and restring. That is well known to remove the bad string karma, plus stringing helps me calm down and relax.
     
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  6. zettabyte

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    Mope around for a day. Contemplate quitting. Then get back on the horse and keep at it.

    Everyone has their bad days.


    I try to keep two things in mind: 1) No one is paying you to play. 2) You don't practice 4 to 8 hours a day, you're not going to be that good.
     
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  7. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

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    You gotta think...
    No biggee......
    Your rhythum was off.
    Your opponent was ON.
    If you played him 9 more times, you had to think you could get 4 and 4 at least a few times.
    Part of winning is remembering the losses, but shelf them in the RIGHT place to allow you to move on.
     
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  8. decades

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    you should have taken an injury time out.
     
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  9. neverstopplaying

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    Without exception, everyone on TT can be beaten by someone 6-0, 6-0. It's a good opportunity to learn about yourself and your game.
     
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  10. ALten1

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    there was another thread about being in the zone and that it only happens about 5 times a year. I believe if you can be in the zone 5 times a year then you can get the funk at least that many times a year.
     
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  11. Sumo

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    I sure hope this is true, because it happened to me today.
    God, I was awful.
     
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  12. Carlito

    Carlito Semi-Pro

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    The losses that get to me the most are the ones where I lose a big lead or lose a really close one like 6-7 in the third. If I get killed 6-1, 6-2, I just figure he was better than me on that day. But if I know I should have won, it really gets to me.
     
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  13. Sakkijarvi

    Sakkijarvi Semi-Pro

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    Play the next day.
     
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  14. LuckyR

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    50% of everyone who plays tennis loses, every time. If this doesn't sit well with your personality type, collect stamps.
     
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