IronicWhelp...not sure how a player can have a really solid match and lose 06/ 2/6, but that is what happened.
First set I had 3 of my service games I was up 40/0 or 40/15 and I lost all three. Also had two of the opponents service games I had him 15/40 or 30/40 and let him get them too. Kinda the same in the second set with a couple of my service games being up and losing and 3 of his service games I had him and blew it. Really solid rallies and I was hitting really well. Serve was only about 40% first serves and probably 6 DF's, so wasn't great but that certainly wasn't the problem.
Some had to do with his high arch balls (ironically I have a practice Thursday with a guy who hits the same so I could get some reps in that kinda game) where I wasn't getting good contact, but I just kept spraying last balls in rallies and he was solid and consistent. Fitness was good and no aches and such so that makes me happy at least.
Just a good ol' fashion loss.
Team lost across the board I think though, so we got some work to do.
I lost with the same score...I had only two double faults, both in the second set.
I played a speedy steady grinder who I obviously wasn’t ready for...he also played with an oversize weed that he used to carve me up.
I challenged every one of his service games, I just couldn’t convert on break points. Then he broke me easily for the second break in the first set..so I changed tactics...he was floating his returns and when I sliced to his two handed backhand...so I chipped and charged, and served and volleyed...got to many game and break points...but decided at those big points to take my eye off the ball and hit them just wide or just long...aggravating. Quite a few of my returns were just landing outside the line....
All in all I got my butt handed to me.
My team ended up loosing in the decider.
P.S. did you, like me catch a glimpse of the other singles and think you’d rather play that guy?