Originally Posted by gameboy
A strategy where you are reducing the chances of you winning is not much of strategy. At this level of tennis, service breaks happen all the time. By giving away the second set, OP lowered his chance of winning. It doesn't matter he won eventually, he made things much more difficult for himself.
Actually you don't know that the OP lowered his chances of winning.
Had he not tanked the 2nd set and attempted to come back from the deficit he was in he very well could have still lost the 2nd set and by spending his partners energy in that attempt to win the 2nd set they may have also lost the 3rd set because his partner was now too tired.