wheels falling off

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by HFS, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. HFS

    HFS New User

    Oct 3, 2009
    Last night I was playing a league match against a junk-baller. Nothing but slices and dinking spinners. No angles, no pace. I handle him easily through the first set to go up 5-0. Then the wheels fall off. I couldn't serve out the set. Double faults kick in. I barely win the set, but my serve goes to hell. Every shot I hit either goes into the net or lands two feet off the baseline. I went on to lose the whole match. I haven't had this happen in a long time. The turtle went into its shell. Does this happen to anyone else? Is there a support group for this?
  2. AlpineCadet

    AlpineCadet Hall of Fame

    Jul 8, 2006
    You were up 5-0? Something must have triggered you to do such a 180. You should def. play more matches against this guy to help calm your mental game.
  3. JoelDali

    JoelDali G.O.A.T.

    Mar 30, 2009
    Its all in yer head...more matches. Confidence in your shots.

    Your opponent is the ball. Not the junkballing jackass.
  4. Oldracquet27

    Oldracquet27 Rookie

    Sep 11, 2006
    You were 5-0?

    How come did you lose? Also, why that style of play bother you so much. if you are a good player you should know how to handle low spinny balls. Do you know how to slice back? Do you have variety in your game? , if you do, then slices is part of your arsenal, and therefore, you should not feel so mad about somebody who hits it. Actually it should be kind of a nice competition to see who is the spinner master, which is not something easy to do since it requires nice touch. If you don't, then you are probably a one dimensional player maybe?? Just a thought.....
  5. JT_2eighty

    JT_2eighty Hall of Fame

    Mar 11, 2009
    clearing out my collection
    There was one time I did the same thing in a friendly match. Was up 5-0, I couldn't miss a shot. Then I don't know if I started to let up or what, but all of a sudden I lost the set 7-5. When those things happen, it's mental. You get confident, or start to hold back and play safe, and change your game and then can't get it back.

    It's the double-edged sword of this game, it's never over until you've won.
  6. mikeler

    mikeler Moderator

    Sep 26, 2008
    Central Florida
    I came back from a 5-0 hole a few months ago. I think I won 10 straight games before my opponent got it back together.
  7. coloskier

    coloskier Legend

    Jul 24, 2007
    Usually what happens is when you get up 5-0, you get overconfident and either start overhitting or you back off too much. I would venture to say that it has happened to 90% of us. It is especially difficult against a dinker/pusher, because he just never misses unless you make a forceful shot against him. And sometimes you get too forceful, then start backing off and then you start making unforced errors. It's all in the head. If you are winning 5-0 you are doing something right, don't change it.
  8. Dave Mc

    Dave Mc Rookie

    Feb 19, 2004
    I've only had this happen to me once about 20 years ago, but I learned my lesson, and it has never happened since. I try to think of it this way.... what would you do if you found yourself with your back against the wall at 0-5? Would you continue playing exactly the same way? No, you would double your efforts in consistency, and try your hardest to stay alive in every point. So when ever I have my opponent down 5-0 or 5-1 or 5-2, I completely expect him to get really solid, and perhaps even "tree out" to some degree. I expect all the points to get much longer and more difficult. I know that if I try to continue dominating points while he is playing at this elevated level, I will make mistakes, and my opponent's confidence will rise, and I'll be in trouble. So I forget about how I was dominating earlier in the set. I simply try to "match" his elevated play, shot for shot, no matter how long the rallies take. I want him to think that no matter how much harder he tries, I will not let him back into the set. Works for me, anyway. Good luck next time!
  9. Fed Kennedy

    Fed Kennedy Legend

    Sep 6, 2008
    With Roger
    Horrible situation. Happened to federer this summer vs tsonga.
    Almost happened to me yesterday. I went up 4-0 in the second and let 5 consecutive games go. I was able to pull it out in a tiebreak but the self-loathing that crept up on me was crazy. Never let up!

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