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A Sunday Tennis Match

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Just a quick blog, cause I was so energized by the tennis match I played Sunday.

I hit against the #1 singles player on our varsity team (someone I've played a few times before... I'd say my record against him is 4-1).

The match didn't start out close at all as I quickly got down 0-4 in the first set, before I managed to get to 3-5, serving. I played a blowful game that ended with me netting a third forehand of the game to lose the first set.

His momentum was quickly broken, however, as I broke to open the set, then broke twice more throughout the set while never dropping my own serve. (What a nice change of pace from getting broken three times in the first set...)

The third set was quite the seesaw affair, and the games went as follows (my score first):

0-1 (broken in the first game)
1-1 (broke right back)
2-1 (saved about three break points)
2-2 (had at least two break points)
3-4 (lousy lousy game)
4-4 (surprise, a break back)
4-5 (even lousier lousy game)

My opponent served for the match at 5-4 in the third set (it was the third time in the set that he was up a break) but he played a poor game and after I hit a defensive lob winner, the rest of the game went my way to 5-5.

In the 5-5 game, I brought out my best tennis: forehand winner, service winner, backhand winner, ace (my only one of the match). Four winners in four points. I had all the momentum, which I carried into the next game with me.

I quickly won the first two points of the 6-5 game (on his serve... I had now won the last eight straight points) before losing the next two. At 30-30, I hit a beautiful down-the-line forehand winner to give myself a match point. And this is where it got good.

From this point on, the game probably took about ten minutes. If I won the deuce point, which I did five times, he would play a great point to get back to deuce. If he won the deuce point, I would hit some great shots to give myself another chance. The problem was, I stopped being aggressive on my match points after I lost the first one. Thusly, six blown match points later, we were in a tiebreak.

I couldn't get out of my head that game, but I resolved to play my game in the tiebreak. Only problem was, I was so unbelievably tight, I could feel it. Literally. So I just played steady baseline tennis, giving the balls a little more margin of error, and eleven points (and a zero unforced error for me tiebreak), I grabbed the win on a missed volley from my opponent.

Match score: 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
Match time: approx. 2 hrs. 10 min. (likely over an hour of this was the final set)

A neat little postscript: my opponent's parents came to watch the final set (which was when we played our best tennis, so that was cool), and they were very diplomatic. Which is a nice change of pace, considering usually they're on my side! (He wins so often that they think my beating him keeps him grounded.)

Another neat little postscript: our varsity tennis team clinched our division yesterday with a 5-3 win over the other undefeated team in the division. The win was buoyed by a come-from-behind victory at 1 singles by... my opponent from the previous day.

The scores of the matches from that dual meet:

1S Win 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
2S Win 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
3S Win 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4S Loss 3-6, 6-3, 2-6

1D Win 6-3, 6-2
2D Loss 0-6, 6-4, 1-6
3D Win 6-1, 6-1
4D Loss 5-7, 6-1, 2-6

Notes: 2S win was just shy of 3 hrs. 20 min. and his opponent served for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the final set.

3S two-set win took longer than every match except 2S. His opponent also served for the second set at 5-4. Also, our guy was up 6-1 in the second-set tiebreak. It was harrowing to watch...

2D loss was one varsity paired up with a JV kid because thew varsity player's partner was absent from school yesterday. They still took a set.

This is our school's first divisional title in at least five or six years.

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  1. morct's Avatar
    Nice one Beau. Brilliant feeling to win a close match like that.
  2. nehemiajapheth's Avatar
    Well, that's great, man. Hope you will keep on beating him.
  3. Danielle's Avatar
    Go Beau!!
  4. Scotty's Avatar
    Congrats Captain (or is that Coach?) Beau!
  5. Jay's Avatar
    That's awesome, Mr. Cupcake!
    It always feels great winning a close match like that.

    btw, When are are you going to blog about the last Salmon v Beau match?
  6. mrjiggyfly2's Avatar
    Playing is nerve racking. But watching can be just as bad, if not worse!!!
  7. aedra1119's Avatar
    Yay! Congrats to your team, too!