Originally Posted by Devilito
This “pros are gods” mantra needs to stop. I’ve played pros and seen plenty of pros play solid amateurs. The only guarantee is who wins, not the score. Plenty of pros lose return games by launching a couple returns long and making a couple sloppy errors. When a good player knows they’re going to win, they often drop sloppy games due to trying new things, using those games to warm-up because they didn’t warm-up prior or just not caring enough to fight over certain points. A solid 5.0 with a good serve holding a game against someone ranked in the top 500 wouldn’t surprise me at all. There are too many x-factors in tennis to always say a pro is going to win 6-0 6-0 or never lose a point etc.
When pros can bagel other pros (see Fed v. Delpo, AO 2009: 3, 0, 0; Fed v. Nadal, ATP Final 2011: 0, 3), it starts to look pretty silly that a 4.5 would stand a chance.