Wow - this has gone beyond frustrating. I've been playing (on and off) for 30 years and have never had this problem before. But for the last 5 months playing 3 times a week, every (and I mean EVERY) first set I play I get blown out. Typically 6-0, 6-1 up to 6-2. Most often I come back and take the next 2 sets, but I can't to a freaking thing during the first one. I seem to mishit, and miss my shots wide, long, or in the net all by a few inches. And yes, every time I come out, I plan to play conservatively, hitting my shots with pace 3 feet within the lines etc. But even so, I end up getting pushed around and have to get back into a more aggressive mode and miss and mishit my shots. Typically I'll come back and win the second set by a similar margin, and then most often the 3rd set by a tighter margin. But since this happens EVERY time and just started maybe 5-6 months ago, I'm absolutely mystified (and horrified). Has this happened to anyone else? Or anyone else you've even heard about?