What's your Frame of Mind on Match Point??

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  1. Loose Cannon

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    3rd set of a Tight Match........

    For?


    Against?


    Are you just trying to get the serve/return in.....and play a solid point, letting the chips fall where they may?

    Are you in defensive mode.....promising yourself.....you are NOT going to rush or do anything stupid, ie going for a highlight reel winner on MP......hoping your opponent is nervous and hands you the match?

    Or do you have that 'Get it while you Can' Mentality......Load up on the serve or return, then plan on ripping a huge shot for the Win......fully aware that the Match Point you are sitting on....may never come back again,,,,,,
     
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  2. mikeler

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    For = Win the next point.

    Against = Don't lose the next point.

    Focus on what has worked for you to this point and do that. Also make sure to keep your feet moving and watch the ball.
     
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  3. LeeD

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    Play an 85% aggressive stroke, one that will go in, force some action on the opponent, and enable me to get to his return at worst.
    Serving, a hard fast spin serve, to opponent's weaker side.
    Returning, any return to opponent's backhand, hopefully deeper than NML, but don't take a chance on a long ball here.....
     
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  4. Mauvaise

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    I'm only a 3.0 player so my strategy (such that it is) is probably different from others:

    Against - Be calm, get the first serve in or get that return back no matter what, then play very "back to basics" tennis hitting fairly safe shots deep & up the middle until such time as my opponent(s) make the mistake or I get The Shot that I can safely and cleanly put away.

    For - Much the same as above, except I try to trick myself into pretending it's match point against so I don't get cocky or stupid or relax too much.
     
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  5. Staidhup

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    Never change a winning strategy that put you into a third set. If you lost the second set, then that's an issue you need to address. Evaluate what changes you or your opponent made that tipped the scale. Highlight shots, amping up to serve aces, and low percentage shots are a liability, building points is an asset. It's tough to change momentum, requires immense focus and concentration. I love playing players that are stubborn, never make adjustments, go for the glory, and crush every shot, I feed off their pace.
     
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  6. Cindysphinx

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    My opponent will have to beat me. I will not make a dumb error and hand him the point.

    I will focus on two things: watching the ball from the instant it leaves the opponent's racket to the instant it reaches mine, and moving my feet to get every ball right into my strike zone.

    If I am serving, I will almost certainly hit two serves of about 75% of my best. No cupcakes, and no cannons.
     
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  7. polytheist

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    I like to take advantage of the confident and relaxed situation to go for a 90% shot. Way more fun.
     
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  8. LuckyR

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    Great question. You stipulate that it is a tight match. OK. it depends if I am expecting to win, but am playing poorly, or if I was not supposed to win and am playing over my head.

    In the first case I would play just >50% between consistancy and aggressiveness.

    In the second I would play closer to 75% of the way.
     
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  9. DANMAN

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    I play it like any other point. Don't play any more offensive and don't play any more defensive. I have faith in my game and will continue to play it.
     
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  10. Loose Cannon

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    No way do I play it like any other point........I rarely lost a USTA or Tournament match where I had a MATCH point......but when it did, IT STINGS! I lost a Doubles Tourney Final, when I was recieving 2nd Serve @ 30-40....Match Point.... Rest assured, I didnt win the match off a great shot.....and end up losing the Final. Will Never forget that......

    So, now I will always to try HARD to close it out.....because you dont want to be at home shaking your head for being to safe....and having blown it.


    I always play with the idea of doing something completely off the wall.....moon ball, out of no where droppie....anything to STEAL the W.
     
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  11. LuckyR

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    I guess I look at it differently. If doing X got me to Match Point, then I figure why try Y or Z at that point? If Y and Z were so great, I should have been playing that way the whole time.

    I don't dispute that you have had great success against your competition changing it up on match point, as you imply, but I don't think that is going to work against my competition.
     
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  12. Loose Cannon

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    Element of surprise would be a great idea against 'your competition'........

    I dont do that regularly, very rare.....thats why I said....i play with the idea......guess I should have said 'toy with the idea' instead......

    I will do it if there are games that have about 6-10 Dueces......whats the sense of keeping trying to be basic if you keep going back to duece???? Esp. in dubs with a bunch of Dueces....I will always call up some different formation, call,,,, ANYTHING to throw off the rythym....alot of players do it
     
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  13. Herdsman76

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    For: I get to have a cold beer!

    Against: I get to have a cold beer!

    Before you think I'm making light of this thread, the moral of the story is I play every point the same way. I play to win so I don't change anything. I also know I'm definitely not a tennis pro so win or lose it doesn't really matter right?

    H76
     
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  14. dcdoorknob

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    Agree with this. Making a conscious decision to now suddenly play differently because you are up match point doesn't really make much sense. I usually am thinking pretty similar things to what I was thinking before the previous points. The specifics depend on how the match has played out.
     
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  15. floridatennisdude

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    I feel like when I do this, I am successful. It's one of the best feelings to win the point and matter of factly realize that you've just won the match. It implies you weren't sweating the situation.
     
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  16. Fuji

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    For: Get my serve in.

    Against: Get the serve back.

    That's pretty much it LOL! :)

    -Fuji
     
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  17. jaybear1909

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    For: Make a good first serve, or good return. Not too much pressure because I'll still have chances.

    Against: Get it over the net and I'll think about my shot choice more.
     
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  18. anantak2k

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    Controlled aggression in both situations. Works more often than not.
     
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  19. kimbahpnam

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    I'm thinking "ace out wide"
     
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  20. NothingButNet

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    There's no way I deserve this.
     
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  21. Cindysphinx

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    There is tactic that never fails when up match point: Poach.

    Your opponents will be playing high percentage tennis and will not wish to do anything that will backfire.

    No matter where your partner's serve lands or or weak it is, just go. The ball will come right to your racket very often, or your opponent will freak out and miss.
     
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  22. LuckyR

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    I agree there would be suprise. But if it is a shot/tactic that you don't regularly use, who is going to be suprised? Perhaps you when your consistancy with the rarely used play isn't what you'd hoped...
     
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  23. Loose Cannon

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    I see where your coming from......but personally.....playing it safe.....is a 'hope Im able to win' idea......I like to just do whatever it takes to grab the win. Again...I think about it more than I actually do it. I just hate the times when you do lose a match that could have went either way.....6 hrs later saying....If ONLY I had done ___________________ at the time
     
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  24. sphinx780

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    ^This

    ^Although, I should also incorporate this. My view is to mentally remove the 'match point' definition from my head and play the point as I should any other. Get that first ball in play on either side of the court and let my instincts take over on how to play the point from there.
     
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  26. LuckyR

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    To be honest, it sounds like we are saying very similar things with different wording. Namely that you don't dial back your standard aggressive play, just because it is Match Point. I don't either. Depending on the kind of match it has been (whether I got to match point by hitting winners or allowing the other guy to self destruct), I do whatever that was. If it was hitting winners, I will go for another one. If I won all those points by getting into long rallies and watching the wheels come off, then so be it, I can do that one more time.
     
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  27. burosky

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    I subscribe to the idea of "no regrets". This said, in this situation, I just try to continue hitting my best strokes as much as I can. I may not take extra risks (hitting more to bigger targets than close to the lines) but I will hit the same strokes I've been hitting.
     
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  29. jc4.0

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    Much as I'd like to say it's not on my mind - game, set and match points do feel more weighty because a W is a fun thing.

    But the only thing you can really do is play your best at that moment, same as point #1. I really don't change the way I play on any of these points, I just tell myself to chill down, focus on the ball and don't do anything stupid.
     
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