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My point was that the line of thinking presented by terribleIVAN is the same as "it's better to lose in 1R than to lose in the final to your rival". And if you follow that logic to its end then it's better to sit on your couch and do nothing than to try at something and fail. I suspect it's because then you can say that he never had a chance to begin with and the loss doesn't matter. But objectively speaking going further in a tournament or going 5 sets instead of 3 will always be a better result. Subjectively tougher to swallow sure but objectively better.
You forgot the context.
And the context is about being the GOAT.
In THAT context, choking is much worse than not performing.
If the context isn't GOAT talk, then your assertion is right: better the lose after match points than in straight sets drubbing.