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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Re: In hindsight do you prefer to finish 2nd or 3rd?

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I've competed myself (not in tennis but in other sports) and I gotta say I prefer the silver. Why? Because for me it's just as tough losing a tight semi-final as it is losing a final.
In basketball I've won 2 Championships, lost 1 final, lost 2 semi-finals. The final we lost wasn't even close, while one of the semi-finals was decided by the final possession of the game, and one of my teammates was supposed to drive to the basket and pass to me so I could shoot a 3-pointer (and I had made a 3-pointer on the previous possession). Instead my teammate lost the ball. I sometimes think back to that moment and wonder what would have happened if he got the ball to me. I remember at the time I was certain I was going to make the game-tying shot, so was very frustrating not to receive the ball. I would definitely say that was the worst loss, but I've never lost a close final, so hard to compare semi-final to final loss in my case.
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Re: In hindsight do you prefer to finish 2nd or 3rd?

i prefer the 3rd, i cannot stand watching the trophy in my "enemy"'s hands

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Re: In hindsight do you prefer to finish 2nd or 3rd?

I would rather come in second if it was a race. In a head-to-head competition I might prefer third because then you lost the penultimate match rather than the ultimate one so the disappointment is not quite as great.

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Re: In hindsight do you prefer to finish 2nd or 3rd?

3rd if you lose against the eventual champion in a knockout tournament. Think about it, yes you might have a bronze, but there will always be the feeling that you could've beat the guy who came second. Thus, edging you on. Whereas coming second is the ultimate "I'm just not good enough".
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Re: In hindsight do you prefer to finish 2nd or 3rd?

2nd place is first loser. Third place is second loser. In either case, you're a loser. That's basically what it comes down to.
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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-27-2011, 12:30 PM
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Re: In hindsight do you prefer to finish 2nd or 3rd?

Maybe the question should be asked to Andy Murray. When he will finish his career with 0 GS title and 9 final defeats he will have a very precise about that feeling.
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