Mental "Lapses"

Hatari!

Rookie
In a match I played yesterday (playing a single pro set), I followed up a comeback from 3-5 down to 5-5, only to double fault three times in a row and give away the break. This was the most important point of the match where it happened, but it wasn't the only time it happened during the match.

When my game was on, I could definitely put the beat down on my opponent, but when it was off I would string together a couple UEs.

I definitely felt that I dealt with this entirely the wrong way. At 5-6, I told myself "Focus, Hatari!, focus!" I concentrated so much on focusing I forgot the match and my opponent held at love for 5-7.

Fortunately, my game came back on and I won the tiebreaker 7-4, but my play shocked me. I know that my "lapses" were definitely my fault because I noticed no real change in my opponent when he broke and held at love. The only reason I lost those games were because of unusually large amounts of UEs and on relatively simple rally balls.

So my main point is, has your game turned on and off without change in an opponent's strategy or game? How do you prevent this or if it happens to you, how do you stop it and get your game back?
 

LuckyR

Legend
In a match I played yesterday (playing a single pro set), I followed up a comeback from 3-5 down to 5-5, only to double fault three times in a row and give away the break. This was the most important point of the match where it happened, but it wasn't the only time it happened during the match.

When my game was on, I could definitely put the beat down on my opponent, but when it was off I would string together a couple UEs.

I definitely felt that I dealt with this entirely the wrong way. At 5-6, I told myself "Focus, Hatari!, focus!" I concentrated so much on focusing I forgot the match and my opponent held at love for 5-7.

Fortunately, my game came back on and I won the tiebreaker 7-4, but my play shocked me. I know that my "lapses" were definitely my fault because I noticed no real change in my opponent when he broke and held at love. The only reason I lost those games were because of unusually large amounts of UEs and on relatively simple rally balls.

So my main point is, has your game turned on and off without change in an opponent's strategy or game? How do you prevent this or if it happens to you, how do you stop it and get your game back?
The tone of your post makes it appear that this common event was, in fact unsual and needs an explanation. The ability to play up to your potential is the whole point of tennis, IMO. It is all about controlling your mind and emotions and not that much about racquets and strokes. The percentage of UEs is not all tht different between beginners and ATP pros, it is the nature of the game.
 
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