"Blew" Five Match Points Yesterday

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by winstonplum, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. winstonplum

    winstonplum Hall of Fame

    May 14, 2010
    Obviously in quotes, as I didn't blow them as much as my opponent fought very hard and did what he need to do to win the point. Damn. Tough loss.

    I know a lot of times posters whinge, whine, complain, moan on these boards and then get taken to task by other posters. I'm not doing such--whining, that is. My opponent was the better player and deserved to win. I didn't close the deal when I had the chace. Serving for the match at 5-2 in the second after winning the first 6-4. Had five ad-ins and each time he won the point. That was it. My will to fight, which is usually above average, wained considerably. He coasted to the second set 7-5. We played a 10-point TB and I regrouped. We were at 9-9 and he won the next two points.

    Just decided to post to hear other people's stories: most match points you've ever failed to convert and then gone on to lose the match/toughest loss of your tennis "career"/etc.

    Not looking for advice. Perhaps just some people to commiserate with. I know there are a lot of tennis enthusiasts here, and I'd like to hear some of your thoughts on your matches that might have been similar to mine and what you've learned from them/taken from them.

    As Andy Roddick once said, "I've never in my tennis life learned one thing from a victory." The flipside being there's always a lot to learn from losses.
  2. Bdarb

    Bdarb Hall of Fame

    Jun 20, 2012
    New England
    Blocked out the bad ones ;) But I've blown it before, no doubt pretty bad.
  3. OrangePower

    OrangePower Legend

    Sep 7, 2007
    NorCal Bay Area
    I've also probably blocked out many bad ones :)

    I distinctly remember blowing 4 MPs in a singles match four or so years ago... I remember it clearly because back then I was still rated 4.0 after recently having gotten back into tennis, but I was playing up against a decent 4.5, and so this would have been a 'signature' win for me at the time. Second set after I won the first; he was serving at 4-5 and I had three BPs / MPs; on one of them I had a relatively easy passing shot that I missed. We ended up in a TB for the set, where I had one more MP this time on my serve, which I couldn't convert. He took the 2nd set TB and then cruised in the match TB.

    Also I remember a 4.5 dubs match where my partner and I were playing one of the strongest pairs in the area; we split sets, and then had 2 MPs in the match TB, one on our serve, and couldn't get it done.

    On the flip side, I have won a singles match after facing 9 (!) MPs... :twisted::twisted::twisted:
  4. Mongolmike

    Mongolmike Hall of Fame

    Jun 5, 2009
    Sunday, playing doubs, my partner and I came back from the dreaded 0-5. We actually had serve after coming all the way back to lead 6-5! We got broke to tie it at 6-6, then played a tie break. We lost.

    Can't say it was a moral victory... we sucked bad enough to fall into a 0-5 hole... then as we inched back the opponents (we're all friends and play various partner combinations every week) got tighter and tighter.... but we couldn't close the deal with our serve at 6-5.

    Still a loss in my book. Woulda much rather had the bragging rights to say we came back from 0-5 to win.
  5. anantak2k

    anantak2k Semi-Pro

    May 1, 2007
    Miami, FL
    I have only had two matches ever that I lost from being MP up and both of them happened this year.

    I was a bit low in confidence. The first one I feel like I really got screwed (unlucky) and lost it mentally. I was up 63 53 40-0. The match was on clay. My opponent hit the service line 3 returns in a row and the ball just skid and rolled off the court... Then I got another MP on AD. After a long rally, opponent hits the ball on the net off a defensive shot that just rolls on my side. I kinda lost it mentally after that and ended up losing 63 57 06. It was a tough loss as I just started playing again after being out for 7 months because of an injury. I was really low in confidence at the time from several losses in a row to guys who I used to beat prior to taking 7 months off.

    A month or so after that loss I lost another match after being 13 MP up. However, this match was different as my opponent came up with some amazing shots on several of the MPs in order to save them. Some I messed up on but overall I didn't feel like I choked as much as my opponent played very strong points on many of the MPs and deserved the win.

    Both however were tough losses that I learned a lot from. I haven't lost to those 2 players again after those two losses :p
  6. richmond1210

    richmond1210 New User

    Jul 6, 2013
    Once was up 5-2, 40-0 in my junior comp. Land a great first serve that he fails to return and start to celebrate a great victory. But he calls it out and I can't manage to seal the deal. I ended up losing 6-5 (we play 5-5 tiebreaks in our junior comp, stupid rule). I was shattered as I lost to that kid 6-0 last time I played him :shock: It was the last game of the season and we ended up making the finals by half a point (4 points for win, 1 point for set). Lucky break :|

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