Can a 4.0 beat a 5.0 ?

Morch Us

Seems like you are probably not a 4.0.

Sometimes there are "match-ups" which may work in your favor. Plus if you are just having a great day and the opponent is having a bad day, yes, it is possible for you to beat a 5.0.

Plus the 5.0 opponent is "supposed to win", which may put pressure on him when he is starting to lose some games continously. So even though the odds are against you just be confident and play your best, and most importantly play to WIN (do not get into the mindset of accepting a respectable loss. Then you will just lose. Play to WIN.).

I have beaten some decent 4.5 players this year, but have never played a 5.0.


NTRP ratings categories are way too broad. A solid 5.0 would never lose to a 4.0.


A very strong 4.0 is like UTR 7. A very weak 5.0 is like UTR 8.

UTR 7 beating UTR 8 would be very unusual but not impossible.


6-4, 7-5 would be a scoreline I expect to see of a 5.0 against a 5.0 lol.

Typical 4.0 against 5.0 scorelines are like 6-0, 6-1; 6-1, 6-1; 6-0, 6-0;

If you get more than 2-3 games consider it a win as a 4.0.
This is an accurate description of what a 4.0 would do against a 5.0.

Daniel Andrade

Hall of Fame
As per the USTA webpage:

"(...) The NTRP system identifies general levels of ability, but an individual will be rated within those levels at 50 different hundredths of a point. For example, a 3.5 player can fall anywhere between a 3.01 and a 3.50. A typical match result for a player with a 3.01 rating versus a 3.49 player, both of whom are 3.5s, would be 6-0, 6-0 in favor of the higher rated player."