Great day for me today, had my best display in a tennis court since I started playing and achieved one of the few wins I have and the biggest one for sure.
I was playing against this guy from the university who claims to have been 3rd class in the State federation (although some people siad it was a lie and probably it was
) but he for sure have played way many more times than I had (this must have been like the 10th time I entered a tennis court). The bet was if I won 3 games in one of the sets he would pay me a lunch in the Bandejão (the Uni's lunch system) otherwise I would pay.
My confidence was good as I had hit with him for 10 minutes last week and realized I wasn't that worse than him, and today in the morning I did hit with another friend and my volleys were way better than the other times I played. First set went pretty equilibrated with many games going to deuce, but I took very bad deicisions in those moments and lost it 2-6, being 1 game away from winning the bet. I would have to win 3 games in the other set to get the $1,90 prize
As in the first set, I kept serving-and-volleying all the time (which is the most enjoyable way to play tennis that's for sure) and thing started to go to my side. I got pretty consistent with my first serves in and stopped missing the volleys. In my service games I think I went to the net more than 80% of the points, and in his service games I also tried to go to the net the faster I could. I opened an early lead of 4-0, won my bet and then I started to know the guy's personality.
All kind of excuses started to appear. He said he was extremely tired because he had hit with a million other people in the morning (as I hadn't hit in the 33ºC as well, did workout and had an intense swimming training session before playing). For me it was pretty clear he was desperate of losing to a much more unexperienced guy than him and many of our friends knew we would play, so it would get kinda embarrassing to him. I understand his side, but his overreactions were unbeliavable. He got the set closer to 4-3*, but I sticked to my gameplan and won it 6-3, which was already a big win for me. At this moment he had already smashed a racket (although he didn't break it) and after I clinched the set he threw one ball away of the court.
We started the match-tiebreak and when it was 2-2 he started to fake an sprained ankle. The sequency of facts after that were ridiculous if not funny. I won the following point on his serve, but he invented a bad call and we replayed the point (every time he tried to call the points to his side I kept cool and did what he said). I won it again and he almost felt in the floor claiming he could barely walk. I then served in the next point, made him run and won the point at the net, opening 4-2. He said he couldn't finished it
and that we could finish another day. I said it was OK and started to hit with another friend. Amazingly, 10 minutes after that he said maybe he could finish our match.
He went back, I kept playing my game, opened 6-5 I guess, but he played some good points and opened 9-6. I saved 2 MP's serving-and-volleying and played a very good and brave point to save the third one. I wasted a couple of MP's as well, but finally clinched the win with 13-11. He simply threw the racket out of the court, almost hitting my friend and left the court very angry. I couldn't even believe in what I was seeing, never saw such a bad loser. I used to had good talks about tennis with him but I got very dissappointed after what he did today, it was ridiculous.
Anyway, thing is I'm very happy with the way I played today and with some good shots I was able to do, specially at the net. Although I'm way below the level of most amateur players, today I realized I can play against some guys better than me and feel a little bit of the excitement of tennis.
Sorry for the long text