When he served at 4-0, I had a break point to get back in it, but I slipped and fell, busted my ass, again, and he hit the winner past me. “Of course you gonna fucking slip and fall on break point, Jesus Christ. If I can make it through one match on a clay court without busting my ass, that’d be great” I yell. He holds for 5-0. I am pretty much toasted at this point, and toss in 2 more DF to give it away, 0-6.
no harsh words from me here. also experienced this once or twice. even though of course 1 or 2 games always help for the deciding set. positive fognini style match come out still possible from here
I mentioned at the start that I thought the match would be 3 full sets, and I went to the desk to get a new can of balls for the third, but it turns out it was the 10 point TB to decide it. Ok, no problem, I think. With my leg as it is, I have a better chance in the shootout anyways.
simply very unprofessional to not know about the decider pre-match
Now, 4-6. I serve bot. Big serve down the middle, he misses the return into the net. At 6-5, he hit a double fault! As we switch sides again, this time a 6 all, I tell myself to keep going, keep fighting, don’t give a fuck about anything else that happened earlier in the match, all that matters is this next point. At 6-6, he serves, we have another big rally, and he hits into my BH. I hit a backhand that I thought off the strings was going to land right on the line, but it ends up drifting juuuuust wide. Fuck. 7-6 to him. I serve at 6-7, we get into a rally.
What happens on this point is a microchasm of the entire match. I can’t tell you how many times the exact same scenario played out earlier in the match. We are in a rally, his ball drops ever so short, I blast my forehand inside out into his BH corner. He hits a shorter ball, one I can attack into his FH corner, and he is way off the court. This is my moment…And I set up to hit it, and as I go into my FH motion, I feel my obliques holding me back. I feel them tightening up. I feel my leg and arm having to do more. And of course my forehand lands right at the top of the tape. 6-8. “OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!!!!!!! SORRY FOR THE CURSING!” How many times did this exact scenario play out? A fuckton.
At 6-8, I hit a good serve, he hits a good return, but I have no desire to engage in another long rally. I go for the big FH winner DTL, it was open, it was there, but again I feel the obliques holding me back. I am unable to swing with the ferocity I was to swing with, the control that I need. I end up hitting it midway in the doubles alley, wide, out, 6-9 now. He served at 9-6, we have a rally, eventually he hits to my BH wide, I am too late to the ball, my core is unable to turn, and I slice it into the net. VAMOS! He shouts on the other side. AGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I yell in agony at the same time. You can’t make this shit up. I recall trying to write a screenplay about my life and career, and I would try to come up with epic plot twists of matches but then I’ll go out and play a match like this that you just can’t make up.
what more to say? i'm pretty sure a much worse player than you but even i know that this mindset will help you lose every single match you'll ever gonna play. i'm not sure whether it's just your style of posting (quite unaccessible to me but ok) or if these thoughts are really coming to your mind during play. then you're as far away from reaching your goals as ever before. you're hurt and you took your time in set no.2. now it's do or die and chances are good since it's only a minimum of 10 points to win the match not 24... since you can move front, back, left and right and swing your racket you have to take the chance and forget about your pain! at 4-6 you gain a service winner and another point by opponent's df to make it a tie with 4 more points to success. at the very latest fron now on you shouldn't care about any injury. focus on your match plan, concentrate and forget about everything else besides the upcoming point. i think this is tennis 101! and i honestly don't have any clue why such an ambitious player like you are behaves this way
Besides, even if I had won, I may have gotten destroyed by Barone considering my leg/oblique/side injury.
realism imho isn't as bad as some might think but even a double bagel helps you improve your game! knowing that is another aspect of 101...