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Old 05-14-2005, 07:54 AM   #13
Grinder
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Last year, I played a big server and beat him in a 3 hour match, 7-6 4-6 7-6, but I was playing terrible, my return game was about zero. Recently, I had two really tough back to back (1 week apart) challenge matches against the serve and volley player below me on my high school team. This guy is a 6-4 African American guy who is about a high 5.0 that consistently hits his first serves in the 120's and has a nasty one handed backhand and serves and volleys. He's got great touch at the net, so the key is to pass him. The first match went 1-6 6-4 5-7. This was a very dissapointing loss because I was up 5-2 40-15 in the final set and also held a couple more match points and couldn't hold on. Once again I played him again, this time I jumped out to a quick 5-1 first set lead but he came back and tied it up at 5-5. I managed to hold on and take the set 7-5. The next set, he came out very strong and took it 6-0. in the third set his momentum kept going and he took a 5-2 40-0 lead. I managed to hold and fight it off until deuce and eventually win the game. I then played some of my best counterpunching tennis and took a 6-5 lead. He held serve and we proceeded to a third set tiebreaker. I eventually won 7-4 in the tiebreak, but it was a quite a match, with the final score being 7-5 0-6 7-6(7-4) over 3 and a half hours. It took especially long, because my game is playing heavy topspin several feet behind the baseline, rallying and then capitalizing on the short ball.
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