Yep, the first 5 games were very close with quite a few deuce games and then I fell apart mentally. He did not give me any free points and I had to earn every point that day. I usually do that to my opponents, but on Saturday it was different. The things I need to work on are as follows: (i) mental game (ii) only my 3rd USTA tourney so need to get more tourney experience (2nd at 4.5) (iii) need to improve my serve. I have a plan for each item including starting a new fitness program. I do NOT like losing.
Sounds like a plan - I don't like losing either but, as you noted, when you play someone who's better than you then your weaknesses become exposed very quickly.
I'm looking forward to seeing how you progress so please keep us posted.