So I had my first USTA match at 4.0 singles. I got creamed 6-0, 6-2. I threw my racquet into the fence after the first set. I wasn't frustrated because I played bad...I did it because I had a painful realization of what 4.0 singles is like. The shots that win matches against 3.5 players are ineffective at 4.0. My strategy was to patiently rally with him until he hits a short ball and then attack. He would just outlast me most of the time. Of course I hit 0 winners and when I made it to net he easily passed me most of the time as well. That strategy resulted in a bagel. 2nd set I S&Ved on most first serves and it might've disrupted him (2 holds) but not enough to do much against him, although i had a couple breakpoints that i blew. But it sucks that i feel like i played pretty well and it fell so short. I had a suspicion this would be my fate at 4.0 but thought i was being too hard on myself. Looks like these players are the real deal. Last week i played against one of our top doubles players in singles in practice and i got creamed 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Very similar to this match. Its not like they blow me off the court with weapons or big groundstrokes, but its just consistency and playing good defense when they need to. Maybe two months ago i played another 4.0 guy in practice and we split sets, but he won and was the better player. He has gotten crushed in singles this year and last year as well. What frustrates me most is that i am a better singles player than doubles, yet i am more competitive at doubles than singles. I can dominate 3.5s in singles but not doubles (i will lose sets to mediocre 3.5s in doubles sometimes), but i can compete at 4.0 doubles but not 4.0 singles. In doubles i am only as good (or bad) as the people around me, whereas in singles its up to me. Not sure if i should bail on playing usta singles (for my team's sake) and play usta doubles and just play singles in ladders where its just for me, or if i should stick it out. I want to get better, but not be humiliated or even worse, bumped back down.