Originally Posted by Neely
Completely agree with post #1 what IvanLjubicic says. Some people here go around and call choke almost every lost match. When somebody is leading 2-0 and loses the set it is called choke. Agassi def. Blake at USO 05 was mentioned multiple times in the "biggest choke of all time" thread when both guys played an outstanding match and the winner to unforced error ratio being 3:1. When Haas lost serve to Ginepri in the fifth set at USO 05 I had a little dispute with Deivid who called it a choke, there was nothing to choke for Haas and he lost to a better man who took the possibilities and who won his points in the fifth set and who went on to make the semis of a Slam. Lots of more examples and not everything is a choke, not every defeat of a favourite is a choke...
Not true, Agassi had one more error than winners in that match.
I think a choke can be a lot of things.
Because someone is up 5-3 and loses, doesn't mean it's a choke. And because someone never led, doesn't mean it's not a choke.
When Mauresmo lost to Jana Kandarr in the first round of the French Open 5-7 5-7 after winning two big warm up events, that was a choke.
A choke is when one player is poised for victory, and loses it on account of their own poor play. Whether is be double faults, can't get a first serve in, making unforced errors that they normally don't, or not going for their shots.
When Elena Likhovtseva lost to Mary Pierce after being up 6-0 in the tiebreak, it was a choke. Mary hit winners, but she was able to hit them because Likhovtseva stopped hitting her shots and gave Mary sitters.
To me, there has to be no or little clear improvement in their opponents play for it to be deemed a choke.