your biggest lead blown or meltdown

mxmx

Hall of Fame
What's your biggest lead blown or meltdown in a tennis match?

I once lost a doubles match with 6 match points. I have also recently blown a 4-0 lead in a 2nd set only to lose the set 6-4 as well as the match.

Personally, quite frustrating to be losing matches I should be able to win. Have the shots and movement to do more. But shows you how important the mental side of the game is.

Many atp players would have struggled against the atg players of past eras who were mentally much, much stronger i.m.o.
 

WhiteOut

Semi-Pro
What's your biggest lead blown or meltdown in a tennis match?

I once lost a doubles match with 6 match points. I have also recently blown a 4-0 lead in a 2nd set only to lose the set 6-4 as well as the match.

Personally, quite frustrating to be losing matches I should be able to win. Have the shots and movement to do more. But shows you how important the mental side of the game is.

Many atp players would have struggled against the atg players of past eras who were mentally much, much stronger i.m.o.
Not so much a big lead blown, but for me, the inability to close. last year I went thru a spell for about 5-6 months where, when I was serving 5-x to close out the set or match, i would simply not finish the deal. didnt matter what the opponent score was, i was simply freaking out and getting broken on that last service game, when i should have been closing and sharing a beer with my opponent. that really grated on me a for a while, but over time it's settled down. my last few opportunities to close i've come thru, but it fricken traumatized me to the point that it's still a 'thing' i have to force myself to battle thru...
 

Chalkdust

Rookie
One match that I specifically remember, I blew 6 match points. I had 3 MP's to win the 2nd set (having won the 1st), and then another 3 in the match TB. Maybe others I don't remember.

On the other hand I also remember winning a match where my opponent had 8 MP's.

In all cases like this there is going to be some luck involved - a few really close balls that just catch /don't catch the line, net cord, etc.
 

zaskar1

Semi-Pro
in a few usta mens doubles matches, in the supertiebreaker, i started to play conservative, not to lose.
i just hit the ball back to keep it in play, so i wouldnt make an error.
we might have been up 7-2 or 3
i would get the ball back, and the opponents would just hit a winner.
i guess in supertiebreaks, its a matter of luck.
next time i will hit out, at least of if i lose, it wont be because i was too conservative
z
 

time_fly

Hall of Fame
I lost a singles match in USTA Districts that I had been winning 6-3, 5-2. We ended up playing about 3 hours (no time limits in Districts) and we had a big audience from all different teams by the 10 point tiebreaker. I won’t forget that one. The funny thing is that I happened to be playing against a local area team, so I still face that guy sometimes but our ”rematches” have only been in doubles thus far.
 
I had a mental melt down where the opponent would return the faulted serve back over the net, causing the ball to hit the fence and roll back where I would have to retrieve it before my 2nd serve, breaking the rhythm.

Normally it's not that big of a deal, but it grew on my nerves because I was struggling in the match.

My fuse blew and on the next time he returned a faulted serve back over I decided I would hit the ball as hard as I could into my back fence.

However, I mis hit the ball with the frame and the racket flew out of my hand instead - putting a hole in the windscreen.

I lost the match.
 
Eek.

We all have nightmares about it. Hell, it's in the back of our heads every time we play.

I just started back playing so I don't have too many stories about USTA team or tournaments. Lost 2 finals. Wasn't really a choke as my partner completely melted down in one. In the other we won the first set pretty easily 6-2. Lost the second 6-2. I think we were down in the tie breaker like 9-4 and came back and had a match point on my serve and I couldn't convert. Still bugs me.

Played in a singles tournament the weekend right before Covid really blew up in early March. Dude I played might post ITT. I think I won like 5-7 7-6 10-5 or something like that. He had a match point in the second set and I hit a beautiful kick ace out wide. He had me totally on the ropes though. Played a doubles match that morning and my body was locking up. Had to play very strategically there at the end.

I guess before that in February I played a guy in my first USTA team match and got massacred. I totally psyched myself out. Played way, way, way too tight. He dictated everything to me. I was physically exhausted like 4 games in. Beat myself before I even stepped foot on the court and I had played this dude before in a doubles final we won fairly easily.

First match this season Wednesday. No risk it, no biscuit is the play. If I lose it'll be on my terms.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
If you want to be a good player, you should erase all bad memories of tough losses, but remember all the great comebacks. So, my answer is ‘I don’t recall’.

Can I tell you instead about the 14 singles matches I‘ve won in the last decade after saving match points? The memories of those wins carries me through stressful moments late in sets and in tiebreakers.
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
What's your biggest lead blown or meltdown in a tennis match?

I once lost a doubles match with 6 match points. I have also recently blown a 4-0 lead in a 2nd set only to lose the set 6-4 as well as the match.

Personally, quite frustrating to be losing matches I should be able to win. Have the shots and movement to do more. But shows you how important the mental side of the game is.

Many atp players would have struggled against the atg players of past eras who were mentally much, much stronger i.m.o.
Too many to even remember
 

Tennisplyr

New User
In a league match I was up 6-5 serving in third set, 40-0...ended up going to a 3rd set TB where I went down 0-6. Came back to win 9-7! Life is stranger than fiction.
 

beltsman

Legend
What's your biggest lead blown or meltdown in a tennis match?

I once lost a doubles match with 6 match points. I have also recently blown a 4-0 lead in a 2nd set only to lose the set 6-4 as well as the match.

Personally, quite frustrating to be losing matches I should be able to win. Have the shots and movement to do more. But shows you how important the mental side of the game is.

Many atp players would have struggled against the atg players of past eras who were mentally much, much stronger i.m.o.
I was on the winning end of a crazy blown lead once. I lost the first set in a TB. my opponent was then up 5-0 on me in second set and I came back to win it 5-7, saving many MP. My opponent went up 5-0 AGAIN in the 3rd and AGAIN I came back to win 5-7, saving more MPs. I forget how many I saved in total.

So my final winning scoreline was 6-7 7-5 7-5. My opponent was up 7-6 5-0 and 7-6 5-7 5-0 and lost it. Oof!
 

jmc3367

Rookie
My partner and I were up 9-2 in a match Tie breaker and lost it. It was kinda surreal. we started pressing at about 9-6 and couldn't do anything. Another time me and another partner were up 9-4 in a match tiebreaker and pulled it out 10-8. That first blown tiebreaker was all in my head.
 

leech

Semi-Pro
I've lost at least two matches where my partner and I bageled our opponents the first set.

I lost a Regionals match where my partner and I was up 5-0...we lost 5-7, 2-6!

I lost a MXD Nationals semifinals where my partner and I were up 4-1; lost 4-6 (due to rain, we played just one deciding set).

I lost another MXD Nationals match where my partner and I had at least six match points.

Blown leads will happen when you play a ton of matches, and when some of your opponents are mentally tough...got to give them credit.
 

Robbymack

New User
The single greatest clutching of defeat from the jaws of victory was my being up 6-0, 5-1 serving at 40-love only to have a clear ace match winner called out. Mine you this wasn’t the only questionable call my opponent made, but I was managing expectations and dealing with it knowing it was this guys rep pretty well up until then. I unfortunately lost my ****, the game, and the rest of the match fairly quickly after. Not my proudest moment, but definitely quite the learning/growing opportunity.
 
We've all been there, but nothing hurts worse than being up 6-2 in a tiebreak and blowing it 8-6. Or even worse, the
dreaded
being up 5-2 and then losing the set 7-5.
 

Crazy Finn

Professional
I was playing the local pusher in singles. I might not have gotten enough sleep or something - hard week at work.

Anyway, I was all fired up and played very aggressive. Got up 5-1. Unfortunately, the last two games I started to get a little dizzy and started to feel like I was going to fall over. I was exhausted, worried I might pass out, so I dialed it back and ended up losing the first set - I can't remember if it was in a 7-6 TB or 7-5. Lost a couple of game in the next set, but we had such long rallies after I dialed it back that we basically ran out of time. I scored it that I retired, because neither of us wanted to continue or make it up.

Oh well...
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
I was on the winning end of a crazy blown lead once. I lost the first set in a TB. my opponent was then up 5-0 on me in second set and I came back to win it 5-7, saving many MP. My opponent went up 5-0 AGAIN in the 3rd and AGAIN I came back to win 5-7, saving more MPs. I forget how many I saved in total.

So my final winning scoreline was 6-7 7-5 7-5. My opponent was up 7-6 5-0 and 7-6 5-7 5-0 and lost it. Oof!
Hehhe. He should have posted the story because HE blew it hehe.
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
I've lost at least two matches where my partner and I bageled our opponents the first set.

I lost a Regionals match where my partner and I was up 5-0...we lost 5-7, 2-6!

I lost a MXD Nationals semifinals where my partner and I were up 4-1; lost 4-6 (due to rain, we played just one deciding set).

I lost another MXD Nationals match where my partner and I had at least six match points.

Blown leads will happen when you play a ton of matches, and when some of your opponents are mentally tough...got to give them credit.
What do you think makes opponents like those become that tough mentally?
 

mxmx

Hall of Fame
The single greatest clutching of defeat from the jaws of victory was my being up 6-0, 5-1 serving at 40-love only to have a clear ace match winner called out. Mine you this wasn’t the only questionable call my opponent made, but I was managing expectations and dealing with it knowing it was this guys rep pretty well up until then. I unfortunately lost my ****, the game, and the rest of the match fairly quickly after. Not my proudest moment, but definitely quite the learning/growing opportunity.
You win. I think that's the worst possible situation. I get angry reading it and I didn't even play your match!
 

leech

Semi-Pro
What do you think makes opponents like those become that tough mentally?
Experience playing big matches, past success coming back from deficits, ability to change strategies and continually adapt if the initial approach isn't working.
 
What's your biggest lead blown or meltdown in a tennis match?

I once lost a doubles match with 6 match points. I have also recently blown a 4-0 lead in a 2nd set only to lose the set 6-4 as well as the match.

Personally, quite frustrating to be losing matches I should be able to win. Have the shots and movement to do more. But shows you how important the mental side of the game is.

Many atp players would have struggled against the atg players of past eras who were mentally much, much stronger i.m.o.
Read "The Inner Game of Tennis." Everyone tells me I'm the best player in my league and I should win easy, but I've been losing every match - even if I start out ahead. I read the first half of this book the other night and easily won my first match the next morning. It's about getting your conscious mind out the way so the body and subconscious can work the miracles it's been doing since you were born. For example, you figured out how to walk without your conscious mind giving directions, criticizing, or yelling at yourself.
 
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