Your ;ast Match

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Nick Irons, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. peter

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    I won a tournament match today!! 6-3, 6-0. Felt some nerves in the first set but then it started feeling better (even though my opponent was playing a strange kind of game and gave me almost no speed).

    http://www.atvid-tk.org/tavling/gubbaspelen/2007/klasser/hs35/

    Next match is against a former Swedish Davis Cup player ("Bragd-Birger" - he played in the DC team together with Björn Borg around 1975 in some a couple of ties)... He's much slower today, but has awesome precision and can still hit the ball *hard* so I'll have my hands full tomorrow.

    Me (to the right) after the match:
    http://www.atvid-tk.org/tavling/gubbaspelen/2007/bilder/freddie_peter/

    My next opponent (to the right, the guy to the left is about my height...):
    http://www.atvid-tk.org/tavling/gubbaspelen/2007/bilder/fredrik_birger/
     
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  2. onehandbh

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    Just started playing some singles again in the last couple weeks.
    Still using the PS 85. Will be trying to switch to the K90 soon.

    MATCH #1:
    Won 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 against a pure baseliner. Played serve and volley in
    first & second set and stayed back in the second set. Probably hit a little
    over 50% first serves but still came in on everything. I think the
    constant pressure of going to the net forced a lot of errors from my
    opponent. Not sure what level the opponent was. Plays for a small
    local college. I think I have a bit more footspeed than my opponent
    and a bigger serve so it is a tough matchup for him.

    MATCH #2:
    Lost 5-7 against big 5.0 guy with a pretty big game. I haven't really
    returned against anybody quite that big in a while (6'7"?). During the
    warmup I knew I might be in for a battle b/c he had a pretty good
    movement as well. I let him serve first (probably not a smart thing
    but it was just a practice match) and I think I lost the game at love.
    Wasn't used to such high bouncing serves. Lots bouncing over
    head-high+ if I didn't position myself properly. I held serve the next
    game but I knew I might be in for a struggle since I had trouble
    getting my first serves in so I started hit more spin on the first
    serves instead so I wouldn't have to hit as many second serves.
    Almost all the games went to deuce. I got broken
    around 3-4 and then broke back. I used my slice to move him around
    and also occasionally hit baseline drop shots to bring him into
    the net. He had a big forehand and really punished weak returns
    so there was a bit of pressure on my return game. Overall I would
    give myself a B in terms of returns. Didn't do a whole lot with them
    but got them back in play and was usually able to get into a neutral
    baseline rally. At 5-5, after a long deuce game he held to go up
    6-5. Then another long deuce game on my serve game before he
    finally broke me. Overall, aside from a bit of struggles with my
    serve I played pretty well. Hit a few too many short crosscourt
    forehands w/o enough angle or depth and paid the price for it.
    Need to work on my wide deuce court slice serve. Had poor location
    and not enough slice on it. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun
    and got into a lot of good rallies/points.
     
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  3. Topaz

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    Redeemed myself a bit tonight...won 4-6, 6-3, 10-4. My opponent was a 3.5 (I'm a 3.0), but a 3.5 who is really a doubles player, not a singles player. Her backhand slice gave me a horrible time, and she definitely beat me at the net. This was the first time in a singles match that I felt I had to stay at the baseline to win.
     
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  4. JZImmer123

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    I got the double bagel last singles match I played 2 weeks ago. 6-0, 6-0. Since we were the last ones on court that day, he wanted to play another set for fun, and he gave me another bagel! Talk aboot a bad day! 8 of those games in the match (not counting the 3rd set) went to deuce, but I couldn't come through in the clutch. Damn the no-ad rule, though it probably wouldn't have help me anyway! Not taking anything away from him though, he was on fire.

    The bad thing was I had played him 3 times before and beat him pretty bad. I remember thinking before the match started that I could finish of this match in less than 45 minutes. That's what I get for being cocky. KARMA!
     
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  5. peter

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    League match today. I played 1:st singles and doubles.

    1:st Singles:
    6-1, 7-5 (I was down 1-4 in the second set before I started a comeback)

    2:nd Singles:
    6-0, 6-3

    Doubles:
    6-2, 6-2

    Happy! Happy! Happy!

    (Tomorrow we have another league match - at the same place, but against a different team - a team that very probably will beat us in straight sets, and possibly giving us some bagles too... :)
     
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  6. diegaa

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    i played a friendly match yesterday and won 61 64. This guy plays way worse than me, but somehow i got to his level (and speed) on that second set. :neutral:
     
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  7. peter

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    Yep.

    Singles 1 (me): 0-6, 0-6
    Singles 2: 2-6, 0-6
    Doubles: 3-6, 2-6

    (I played singles 1 and doubles). Atleast we avoid a bagel in the doubles match!! :)
     
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  8. The Grand Slam

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    Played a match with my friend today. I was under pressure serving at 4-5 in the first set and I guess I just cracked.. the last game of that set was over just like that.

    I bounced back quickly though.. I won 16 of the first 19 points of the second set to take a 4-0 lead. He almost held but I managed to break again for 5-0.. didn't have any problems serving out that set. 6-0.

    The third set was tight. So many deuces. The first four games of the set all featured break points that failed to be converted. But then as he was serving at 2-2, I decided to try something a little different. After barely managing to get a first serve return back, I charged the net.. he wasn't ready for that because he knows I never do that. ;) Nevertheless I took advantage of the scenario that followed and hit a nice forehand volley crosscourt, out of his reach. I was up 30-0 in that game at 3-2.. when the lights went out. :p
     
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  9. kevhen

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    Played #1 singles for my 4.0 team and won 6-3, 6-1 this past Saturday. Played a guy who was a consistent baseliner but out of shape. I angled him and dropshotted him to death after having a slow start as the score was 3-3 before I won 9 of the last 10 games.
     
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  10. Topaz

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    Well, I won another singles match (3.0), but jeez...I sure don't make it easy on myself!

    Got up 4-0 real fast. Other girl started coming back, I started spraying forehands. Boom...I lose 4-6!

    Still trying not to panic! Next set I break, go up 3-1. Lose my break. Get another break, and serve for the set at 5-3, and after *multiple* deuces, hit an insane volley to close out the set.

    Yes, I'm a 3.0, and I come to net even in singles!!!! ;)

    Now it is time for the third set tie-break...first to 10 by 2 for those of you who don't play them. I go up 8-1, and then, right on cue, my brain checks out. I manage to stay ahead, and I'm serving at 9-8. She hits a ball long, match over! WHEW! I think she thinks I hooked her on the last call, but I didn't, it was out by a few inches.

    Any ideas as to how to stop being so streaky?
     
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  11. peter

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    Yet another 0-6, 0-6 loss. *Sigh*

    Not much to do really. Too good. (I hade a couple of chances in my serve to grab a game or two but couldn't convert them...)

    Time to look forward to the next tournament instead! (Club Championsships probably).
     
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  12. AlpineCadet

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    Earlier yesterday, I had challenges from 5 people, 3 of which were top 5 on my ladder. It was very hectic and tiring, but I endured, and in the end, unbelievably, I won all five games with 6-0's!!! It was the best tennis day of my life, nothing could go wrong, everything I hit landed in, my footwork was amazing, and so was my shot anticipation, but then I woke up..


    :grin:
     
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  13. JRstriker12

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    You played 5 matches in a single day???? :shock:
     
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  14. JRstriker12

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    Lost the other day 5=7, 2-6 in my mens doubles league match. The guys we payed were pretty good. My captain said one of them was a 4.0 and this is supposed to be a 3.5 league (it's a non-usta) league.

    One one hand, I feel okay about my performance. The other team hit some very hard flat balls, but I was very agressive at the net and my movement made them miss a few times, and I got some good put-aways at the net.

    However, I choked at 5-6 and lost that set on my serve and my backhand disappeared. I was also a little annoyed at my partner, who seemed so awed by how hard they guys could hit. Yeah they hit hard, but they missed about 60% of thier first serves and sprayed returns all around the court. What really got me was we managed to get a few break points but never converted. I thought we could have won the first set if we converted even one break point, it would have helped to swing the momentum our way. Loosing chances to break seemed to take away any fear that we could threaten them on thier serve. Oh well, until next time.
     
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  15. AlpineCadet

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    Umm, didn't you read the entire post? LOL.
     
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  16. travlerajm

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    Won 6-0, 6-4 in my 4.5 league doubles match. My partner and I broke serve 7 times in a row. I'm having some double fault issues on my serve that I need to iron out before it costs me a match. I served terribly for the 2nd match in row - I can't seem to find a reliable rhythm on serve, and when I stop swinging all out, the problem gets worse. I haven't lost a league match since the fall, but this Coria-itis problem on my serve is bugging me. The rest of my game is clicking, but every game on my serve is an adventure.
     
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  17. darkblue

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    7-5, 6-2
    (3-0 for 2007)

    despite 4-5 points won by the other player due to his cheating, i prevailed. i hate playing cheating spin crazies. it felt good to take one of those loopy fhds for a swinging volley winner.
     
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  18. TheGreatestAudia

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    Well, my year has been pretty good so far. I'm currently 5-1 this year and 12-1 in organized tennis since starting in early August of last year. My best win came this past Monday when I played the number one player in my division, tenth in a league of about four hundred. My confidence was not very high since I had lost a match to a guy who is in his mid-forties with a huge knee brace in three sets. I'm in great shape, mid 20s, and pride myself with my constant focus. He got in my head and no matter what I tried, I couldn't blow him off the court like I had with almost every other opponent I had played so far.

    I had to give you a little background before this match. The guy was in his late 30's and had a little bit of a gut. About 6'4'' and a great forehand. On to the match. I started out fine enough. We both held until he was serving down 2-3. He quickly went up 40-15 and looked like he had the game in control when he DF and at 40-30, I hit a backhand winner down the ad-court line. (I'm a lefty.) This put us at deuce but he seemed to be a little rattled and I quickly won the next two points and went on to win the set 6-4. I felt great. Serve was slicing and flat serve was much too hard for him to handle whenever I reached back for it to throw him off balance. In the second set, I got a little complacent and started to hit too many backhand slices. This allowed him back into the match even after I won three of the first four games. I tightened up and ended up losing the 3-6. My focus was gone and I started to have that crappy feeling of "how could I put myself in this situation?" I kept on telling myself, "Just shake it off and play your game." This proved very useful because I went back to hitting topspin winners instead of wasting time and slicing until I saw an opportunity. I had to take the initiative. I was up 2-1 and slowly took complete control of the match. He started to run out of gas and before I knew it, I was up 5-1 with him serving to stay in the match. We went to deuce at least three times and he finally got lucky with a shot that hit the tape and just rolled over. Eh, whatever. I won the next game and concluded a great and exciting match. Lots of fun.
     
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  19. kevhen

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    Won last night in a league doubles match partnered with a 4.5 against a 4.5 and aggressive strong 4.0 player. We won 6-2, 6-3 and then played a third set for fun which we lost 6-7 (6).

    The two 4.5s are consistent baseliners that don't like to come to net so many forehand rally exchanges would last 10 shots or more. They hit too hard and have to much control to poach so we just stay in the one up and one back position. I wish they would come in behind a good deep shot or learn how to slice approach, but these guys were nationally ranked D3 singles players but not as strong in doubles.
     
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  20. drakulie

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    6-1, 6-0. I beat some punk called Murray???
     
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  21. spiderman123

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    Congratulations on winning the title. You played great yesterday :)
     
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  22. drakulie

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    ^^^ Thank you. :)
     
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  23. GRANITECHIEF

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    Played a match on Friday eve against dude who is 6'4", 245ish, uses a PS 85, his brother was sampras coach in HS, and is probably a 5.0. Shortly after starting the match, we each got a beer, a 60 oz beer, Firestone for $5 each. Ahh the classic Friday Happy hour at the club tennis. I was using a demo FXP Prestige Midplus. Got up an early break, lost it to go to 4-4, saved a couple set points getting to TB. Dude bricked a super easy short slow high FH Volley at 4-4 in TB. I closed it out 7-4.

    I put on my Max Mirnyi hat, came to the net on everthing and won the second 6-1. Set point i was going to chip/charge but chip was too short so he charged and i hit a sweet BH topper that we both watched in slow motion drop for a winner.

    He was a little tired but pist about getting spanked, plus we still had lots of beer left, so we played a third. Got that one 6-3. Fun stuff. (25-4)

    Played a match yesterday against a strong 4.5/weak 5.0 that i usually beat, losing about 4-5 games. I was demoing the Prince O3 Hybrid tour. Hitting really heavy with it, i went up 4-1, when the string popped. TW really need to have the option of getting demo's with a poly hybrid, cuz it was the 2nd stick with NXT that i popped in short order. Got the FXP Prestige, which was hanging by thread (fraying string) and closed out the 1st 6-1. I really liked the racket, good spin, heavy ball. Need to demo more before switching though as i am pretty much decided to switch to FXP Prestige from Rad.

    The dude offers beer, of course, i accept the Negro Modelo graciously, and then he starts playing really good in the second. He hit a couple second serve aces, and kept hitting annoying winners behind me on his game points to get to 2-2,3-3,4-4, when i finally broke and served out the set.

    Pretty much the same it the third but the Prestige NXT's popped, and i played with my FXP radical, which has a poly hybrid. I was actually down an early break and almost went down 3-0, but broke back (not the mountain) and got a break at 4-4 again. Tougher than usually with the dude but credit, he played good. (26-4)
     
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  24. thanatos2948

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    Okay check this out for ruining your day. I play 3.5 singles on my team. Played #1 last year and I am fighting for that spot again this year. Was up 5-2 in the second set after winning the first set. Ended up losing 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 and the worst part is I had 2 match points at 5-2. Talk about losing your focus.
     
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  25. GRANITECHIEF

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    Got to play a match after work last nite. Played a dude who used to play for Santa Barbara City College. Won 6-1,6-3. I had to hang tough and fight off 15-40 at 3-3 in the second. First point was an ace, second point i won a backhand rally exchange. Then in the next game i capitalized with a break, held and actually ended up breaking again. (27-4)

    Advice: even though it is obvious, always concentrate big time facing break points, and always look to break in the next game, whether you got broken or not. Something psychological happens with missed opportunities that can open doors.
     
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  26. Buchhalter

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    Here are my last 2, from 4.5 league play. I am posting 2 because I have a question.
    Lost 7-6,4-6, 8-10(match tb)
    Lost 6-4,3-6, 5-10 (mathc tb)
    I am registered as a 4.0. Someone told me I will get moved to 4.5 evan though I lost. Is that true? Thanks.

    On the bright side, I was pleased with both results, as I have not played singles in years, and barely get to play doubles.
     
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  27. hasema

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    I am really not a singles player and have a hard time starting the match. i make alot of unforced errors.

    I played 3.5 #1 singles an won!!
    4-6 6-1 (tie breaker)10-8

    The weekend before i won at #2 singles
    1-6 6-2 (tie breaker)10-5

    I feel like i can beat these guys but i can't get it started. I can get break points in 1/2 of their service games but always shank it or hit into the net.
     
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  28. go_nadal

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    Played in an open tournament... Lost 6-2 6-2 to the number 3 seed...
     
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  29. GRANITECHIEF

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    I ended up playing the same dude as i did in post #75. He had emailed me telling me that he beat this mutual player 6-0,6-1 and that he was ready to take me out. Naturally i obliged him and we battled last nite, in a bit of wind.

    I strung up one of my old LM Rad MP's with some new Topspin Poly Polar (58 lbs) which I had never tried before. I could tell while stringing it, by the stretch/elongation, that i was going to like it.

    Started out well, served up a bagel in the 1st set. Got broken in the first game of the second (don't you hate that) & he held, 0-2. I held and broke back after a couple long games and ended up breaking again 2 more time for a 6-3 win.

    He was game for another set and i pretty much always am. He played well while i became frustrated with him playing well and the wind. Even though i was up an early break, there i was at 15-40 serving at 4-5 = 2 set points. Good 1st serve on the first one and a FH winner. Whew!! Missed the 1st serve on the second and was nervous on the 2nd serve cuz of the wind. But i made it and played a good point. Whew, again !!! Closed out the game and broke at 5-5. Faced BP serving for the set but ended up closing it out with a clean FH winner x-court. Sweet!! I probably should have at least had a couple sips of water and a power bar. That probably would've improved my performance in the 3rd set. But no worries, i squeaked it out anyways and dominated the 1st two sets. (28-4)
     
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  30. peter

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    2-6, 7-5, 7-5 (7-5) after 2 hours of really crappy tennis (I just could _not_ serve today, and my groundstrokes had absolutely no bite). So after I lost that first set I thought to myself - "Oh ****. It's one of those days. Time to dig deep and fight an ugly battle.". And to top it off I started getting cramps in my right (hitting) arm at 5-3 in the last set...

    So... I'm *HAPPY* and *TIRED*. And just wanna scream: YEEEEAHAAA!!
     
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  31. Cindysphinx

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    You guys are the best coaches! Thanks to your sound advice, I won (3.0 level) No. 1 singles tonight, 6-1, 6-2. :Whoop!:

    Several people here advised me to pay attention during the warm-up and scout your opponent. Good advice, that. I saw that she hit her forehand pretty well and deep such that I had trouble getting those balls back in warm-up, and she had some pop on her serve. Her one-handed backhand looked a little suspect, and she dumped every single volley into the bottom of the net. Good to know.

    I won the toss and elected to serve, hoping to show some confidence I didn't have. It quickly went to love-40, with her punishing my tight, cupcake second serves down the line for winners. I hung in there and held, and I noticed a few thing. If I could just get the ball back 4 times, the point was mine. Gee, that's exactly what my TW coaches had said!

    I promptly threw Wardlaw's Directionals out the window and tried to hit every ball to her backhand. I also noticed that she tended to try to hit winners up the line, so I cheated that way as much as possible. You all had also told me where to stand, so I made sure not to creep in front of the baseline.

    For the second set, I gave up completely on good singles fundamentals. I hit every ball either to her backhand or wherever, with most of my balls bouncing at the T, and I waited for her to miss. I played a number of drop shots off of her soft second serve, and that was effective, and I even remembered to follow a couple to the net. Toward the end of the match, she started coming to net, but it was easy to lob her or just hit any old groundstroke to pass her.

    It was definitely an ugly win – I had almost no real winners but instead just hung around -- but I'll take it. I guess that officially makes me a Pusher. Who cares? The singles monkey is off my back!

    Areas for improvement? I lost pretty much every point where I came to net because my volleys were quite lame. It's so much harder to volley in singles because with so much more court to defend and you can't crowd the net unless you like being lobbed. These poor results caused me to stop even trying to get to net, regardless of how short her ball was. Must work on putting away the volley in singles.

    Oh, my team lost 2-3. Oh well.
     
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  32. kylebarendrick

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    Congrats Cindy - it's nice to see that you got a payoff for your hard work.

    I won my match today (doubles ) 6-1, 6-2 against two self-rated players with little experience. That showed up in their inability to get serves in play. I'm now 3-1 in my first season as a 3.5, but I haven't come up against any particularly strong players yet.
     
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  33. DraGoNoFfiR3

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    last match was on 4/13/2007 had a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(10) victory yay! amazingly i was down 5 match points in the tiebreak and made the ultimate comeback!

    my '07 record is 8-4

    NTRP 3.5ish
     
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  34. theRadical

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    Just because you were consistant doesn't make you a pusher! good job
     
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  35. DraGoNoFfiR3

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    if you don't hit any winners, then you're a pusher.
     
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  36. AlpineCadet

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    Nice job everyone!
     
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  37. peter

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    Last 3 matches (all this weekend) from our club championsship:

    Friday, Singles: 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
    I _won_ after 2 hours of hard battle and not beautiful tennis. Could not serve and all my shots were lame and really not efficient. But atleast I won!!

    Sunday, Singles match: 6-4, 3-6, 2-6
    I lost after litte over 2 hours of hard battle. First set I play the best I've been playing in _ages_. Serve was working!!!

    Sunday, Doubles match: 5-7, 6-4, 1-6
    We lost after yet another 2+ hour hard battle match... (We played that doubles match right after the singles match - and I partnered with the guy I had played in the singles match :)

    Today: I'm tired... :)
     
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  38. DraGoNoFfiR3

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    just had a one set match 6-2 victory yesterday. that puts me in a 2-1 lead in our match record against my friend.

    our first match i won 8-3 in a 8-game pro set.
    second time we played i lost 3-6./ bad times.
     
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  39. tenniskid3119

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    I lost my last match
    6-2, 6-7(5), 12-14 super-tie break for 3rd set

    all this kid did was drop shot it every shot. chicken ****....
     
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  40. Bigtime

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    3.0 USTA League match, won 6-4, 6-4 #1 singles (third league match ever, 1st two were doubles, which I'm just learning)
     
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  41. DraGoNoFfiR3

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    just had a 3-6, 2-6 defeat 6 hours ago. played #3 singles!
     
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  42. JRstriker12

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    Strange match in my (non-usta) doubles league.

    First of all, we were playing on Hard-Tru indoors. I'd like to smack that guy who came up with that idea. The court was very damp and the balls got really heavy and dirty really quick. It wasn't very fun to move on either as it was too damp to slide.

    Anyway, inspite of my partner forgetting how to serve, we went out to a 4-0 lead. We then dumped 4 games in a row. We brought it back to win 6-3 in the first set.

    Second set was utter crap. We were on the side that had a light blown out and I guess we played worse than the other team under than condition. We lost that one 0-6. Ugh!!!! the Bagel. Don't know what the heck happened there.

    Went to a 10 point tie break. We broke out to a 3-0 lead. Squandered the lead, but came back and won the tie break 10-8. Whew!!! Pulled than one out.

    BTW - props to Cindy for her singles win.

    JR
     
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  43. GRANITECHIEF

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    Sounds like an awesome match. Were you happy about playing a 10-pt TB? I would always prefer a full 3rd set.

    Just curious on a couple things? If you went up 4-0 then lost 4 games in a row, how could the first set score have been 6-3. Also, did you just switch sides between sets, or the normal way after odd number of games? Again, good job!
     
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  44. GRANITECHIEF

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    Played the guy that i beat last week (6-0,6-3,7-5) last nite. He served first, i got to break point, he ended up holding. Didn't set a good tone for the rest of the match, which was a battle. We both had a couple break chances but stayed on serve till 4-4, when i managed to squeak out a break and a hold for a 6-4 first set.

    He was playing better and better and i found myself down 4-2 in the second. Managed to get back to 4-4 and went down 4-5. He hit a FH ace return and another return right to the baseline. 0-30 when the first serve started landing and i hit a sweet backhand up the line winner. Held for 5-5. He makes all first serves and a couple FH winners and i'm serving at 5-6. I went down 0-30 again on a winner by him, BH this time and a good return. Managed to squeak into the TB. He went up 5-2 with good play and a couple of my errors. Then i buckled down and won 5 in a row for a 6-4,7-6(5) win. It was Battlicious!
     
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  45. JRstriker12

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    I would preffer to play a full 3rd set because the tie breaker can be such a random thing, but we had limited time due to playing indoors, so we had to play the tie-break to decide a winner.

    We won the first set 6-4, that score was a typo.

    Also, since it's indoor and to save time, we generally don't switch sides, except at the begining of a new set or in the middle of the tie breaker.
     
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  46. Sakkijarvi

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    Singles -- last match

    My last match was a lot of fun, earlier this week. I played a guy subbing in that played one league higher, competent player. The first set went to him and it seemed all my shots hit right around the service line, allowing him to take control of every point. His serve was decent, mine was nonexistent. I did a lot of running, scrambling, and hung in there, only to lose 7-5.

    He went up 1-0 in the second set and made a dopey call to his advantage in that game. At that point I had had it and when he came to the net at the changeover to tell me what a "great match" we were having, and shaking hands on it (hey, he offered), I said, 'great for you that I'm playing without my serve tonight'.

    I was able to turn it around emotionally at that point, simply letting it fly. My first serve was an ace, then I had the thought enter my mind, 'let the ball drop into the hitting zone' and from then on it was a blitz, as I held serve easily. My ground strokes were now deep, good topspin and HIS more defensive, landing short, allowing me to take control of the points. I also added my fave, a backhand drop-shot. He sweated gallons...set ended in my favor 6-3 and I stayed on the offensive and won the tie-breaker, and the match, easily.

    It was very satisfying and a great was to set up the end of the singles season. My last two matches are against guys I haven't beaten, the finale against the 1st place guy who has been crushing everyone this season.

    Sakki
     
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  47. Doc Hollidae

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    4.5 USTA Tournament last weekend:

    1st Round: 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. 3:30 hour match. The guy wasn't a pusher, but he didn't have any weapons. Just real consistent with a lot of topspin. Started serving and volleying and chip and charging instead of my normal baseline game. He didn't handle the pressure from the net too well.

    2nd Round: 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. 3:30 hour match. Higher level opponent. Played with a K90 with a 1 HBH. First set starts off with us breaking each other until 4-5, where he finally holds serve. Second set I find myself down 3-5. I break him then hold for 5-5. Broke him again then get broken. I won the tiebreaker easily and then it was apparent my opponent had lost his energy. I quickly get ahead and pulled out another 3 setter.

    Quarterfinals: 6-3, 5-7,2-6. 2:30 hour match. Since my first match went so long I was given an hour break for lunch. My opponent was fresh and waiting since his first two opponents had defaulted. Once we got onto the court I knew I was going to be tired so I comtemplated tanking the first set to get energy or going all out and trying to win it quick before I gassed out. I choose to go all out as my first idea was going to be risky. I quickly win the first set and am up 4-3 up a break in the 2nd, when all energy I had just completely left. I couldn't bend my knees enough to throw in deep kickers and my movement was like a Federer's ranking, stagnant. With all my energy gone, my opponent rattles off the next 8 games and at 0-5 I tell myself I'm not going to get bageled. So I put what energy I had left into 2 games and finally lose 6-2.

    Moral of the Story: 3 setters suck.
     
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  48. goober

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    another possible moral: You need to work even harder on your fitness! :D
     
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  49. Topaz

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    Had a singles flight match last night against a 3.5 (I'm a 3.0). I lost 4-6, 5-7, but I really was not too upset with how I played. I was really trying to implement the things I work on in lessons, and if it weren't for all my errors, I think I would have won it. I also noticed a pattern...I get behind, work real hard to level things, then relax and lose! Argh!
     
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  50. ibringtheHEAT

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    I'm sorry, just had quite a good laugh at that.
     

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