"Blew" Five Match Points Yesterday

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  1. winstonplum

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    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.
     
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  2. Bdarb

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

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    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:
     
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  4. Mongolmike

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    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.
     
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  5. anantak2k

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    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
     
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    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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    Two weeks ago, a friend of mine and I played a USTA doubles match against a pair of very good players, and we played out of our minds. Won a very hard-fought first set 6-4, and had a 5-4, 40-15 lead in the second when the guy serving pulled out his two best serves of the match to deuce us up. They ended up winning that set 7-6 in a breaker where we came back from 6-2 down to make it 6-5 before giving up the set-winning point, and then got smoked 10-3 in the match breaker. It was the only time so far that I've had a match point and ended up losing, even in just-for-fun matches, but I didn't feel too terrible because we played very well, and also our team won the overall match. Still thought about those last few points, though...
     
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    It goes both ways, once I was down 4-6 2-5(other guy serving for the match) and went onto win the match 4-6 7-5 6-0. The guy was good and was dancing all around the court and probably got tired a bit towards the end. I was close to moving up a level after the season and that was my last match. I had won all other matches that season, it needed to be a close match in order for me to move up and I wanted to get as many games as possible once I realized I was going to lose the match. I went into full pushing mode and made him pay -(I could tell he gave up when I leas leading 3-0 in the third set).
    In another match, I was up 5-0 30-0 serving in the first set, and went onto lose the set and the match 5-7 1-6 (it could have been easily 0-6 in the second set, managed a game at 0-5). The guy had no strokes but ran around the court great, and I decided to muck around when serving at 5-0 30-0 and just lost the rhythm and could not recover. He started getting to all my junk balls and I quickly ran out of energy and motivation after I lost the first couple of games in the first set.

    The third close match I won was really sensational. I was down 3-6 4-5 (I was the receiver and was 0-40) and was against a good server. The score got to 30-40 and I called a close ball out even though I was not sure because I was up at the net and the ball had passed me.
    It was on clay and he did not take my call (TBH I was not in a position to make the call because of the distance and the angle. Called it out because I was desperate not to lose and the call could go either way and there wasn't a noticeable deviation from the line tape). He came out to check the mark on my side - luckily he went away satisfied after checking the mark and I could sense no ill feeling on his side even though I was a bit ashamed to call the ball out(I would have called it "in" if the score was any different than the match point). I ended up winning the set and also the 3rd set. I said sorry after the match and he said "he had his chances" - I won't know what he meant - it could go either way. (I stole his chance or he lost his)
     
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  9. nytennisaddict

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    Phillip is that you?
    http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2017...r-title-beats-kohlschreiber-in-morocco/65474/

    been there... always tough. i struggle to stay in the moment, and always tend to drift to, "if i win this point" vs. "do the work to just make the next shot, and the next, etc..." (which is probably what got me into a winning position in the first place).
     
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    Recent match... won first set...

    Opponent serving 5-6 second set, I had him at 15-40 for two break/set/match points, he got back to deuce, then I had 3 ad point all of which he won, and he ends up holding serve. So 5 match points gone. And on two of those I had opportunities to hit a winner that I would expect to make, but missed both times.

    So now we are in a TB, and I am at match point again, 2-6 on his serve. He wins that point, now 6-3 on my serve, finally I have match points on my serve! And of course I lose them both!!! Now it's match point number 9, but back on serve at 5-6 him serving... and FINALLY I win it with a great return.

    I think if I had lost that final point, there's a good chance I would have crumbled, lost the TB and set, and probably lost the 3rd set. I was super frustrated by then at not being able to close it out.
     
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    sorry there is no sympathy button to click.
     
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    Nice attitude! I think we've all lost matches like that in the past or perhaps in other sports the same type things happened.

    I think what I worry about in situations like that is that I hope it won't affect me mentally against the same opponent. There are some who are relentless and they never seem out of it! I worry about changing my game simply because my opponent came back from a large deficit. I don't want to be too conservative and pull back hoping my opponent loses it instead of me winning it. That's when my shots get shorter and shorter which gives my opponents a better chance to attack.
     
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