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Memorable matches

StevoTG
03-21-2008, 02:21 AM
I just thought I'd create a thread where we could post about any memorable matches we had/have... or even not so memorable matches if you want to post about them.

Don't be afraid to post in here, giving a match report or just posting scores... I know you might think `who gives a crap?` but you'd be surprised :lol:

I've been thinking about a thread like this for a while and decided to post it after the match I was involved in today. You might not be bothered to read this but I'll post it anyway :p

With gusty winds I was expecting a rather unspectacular match based on consistency and avoiding UE's, but instead was involved in a thriller which I won 6-4 2-6 13-11 (CTB). If I had to pick out the 5 best points I've been involved in probably 4 of them would have come from this rollercoaster. I managed to break at 2-2 but was broken back immediately. I managed to break again at 4-4 to serve for the set, only to find myself at 0-40 before playing a couple of good points (and 1 lucky one where the opponent put a volley wide with me stranded) and taking the set at the second time of asking.

The second set was an even affair but he won all the big points and was very solid. Towards the end of the set I realised that I wasn't moving my feet enough and made the decision to try and cover more of the court and play with more commitment (not to just hope he'd give me the point), I thought I might sneak back into the set but he stepped up and saw me off.

We weren't sure that we'd have the time to play a full third set so we played a Champions Tie-Break, which I won with my 5th match point - he put in a big serve which I returned with a backhand, he shaped up to hit a backhand down the line so I began to move in that direction, as I moved he went to hit crosscourt and wrongfoot me but put the ball in the net.

4 points that I won stick with me particularly - 2 lobs, 1 forehand drive and one point which reminds me of Jimmy Connors at the US Open, I played a short slice backhand which brought him to the net, he went for the winner and my return could only set him up for the overhead, I returned it with a lob which he reached for another overhead, then I tried a passing shot which he reached on the stretch but sat up nicely for me as I rushed to the net to put away the volley.

He played 3 great points that I can remember - 2 forehands placed perfectly on the lines and a lovely passing shot, he also hit some great serves. It was just special.

So any stories :confused: :wavey:

Goodia
03-21-2008, 08:12 PM
Hi there, i also like to remember good matches which i have been involved in ...but i mainly play my mate like once or twice a week and up until this day i have only beat him once in the past like year . What i remember most is that i was getting closer to beating him and holding leads but then dropping them leading up to this match so i thought that a win was on the horizon . I would try and think to myself how can i beat him but whatever i tried usually he would get the better of me !

So during this match , which i won 6-4 7-6 and he ultimately forfieted the final set and in doing so the match . The 1st set was a very tight one but i managed to stay strong on my serve and nick a break which secured me the set . The second set was a much closer affair with good shots being traded back and forth. But what i remember most about the match is the tie-breaker and how i won it . The set stuck very tight and no breaks were taken for either of us so the tie-breaker resulted . I remember it quite well i was either 5-1 or 4-1 down and i just thought to myself i can still win this and i managed to come back and take it 10-8 . I was very happy but my mate not so and he threw his racket in frustration and broke it and this resulted in the ending of the match and my first win gainst him in like a year .

I remember this well as i usually play well in patches but somehow that day i kept it all together and won , showing my freind that i can beat him . I have come close many times since but another win has eluded me so far !

Thanks for listening

W!MBLEDON
04-12-2008, 08:43 AM
not particularly interesting but i won my match today 7-5, 6-1 :) i'm 24 - 9 in singles matches since i first started playing in march 06 and i've won 16 of my last 19

StevoTG
04-12-2008, 05:04 PM
not particularly interesting but i won my match today 7-5, 6-1 :) i'm 24 - 9 in singles matches since i first started playing in march 06 and i've won 16 of my last 19

Wow, are they league matches or other competitive matches or exhibitions or a mixture? Either way that's impressive stuff!

And Goodia, have you beaten your mate again yet?;)

groundstroke
04-13-2008, 02:05 AM
Beating a pusher 6-0 6-1 6-4. That was fucking SWEET.

HKz
04-14-2008, 04:48 AM
The most memorable match has to be the first big USTA final I made which was like 2 or 3 years ago. So against all odds, I was playing the best of my life for the tournament and I strangely made it all the way to the final. However in the final, I was extremely nervous for some reason. I had won a few finals prior to the match, but they were mostly smaller one-day events. So I started the match horribly, dumping plenty of my shots into the net. I think I was down 5-1 or 5-2 in the first set so I decided to try to wear my opponent out since he was just a big hitter from the baseline. I was able to bring the game to deuce and then we just kept going from advantage to deuce so many times. We had so many long points during the game which was my plan so that I could wear him out mentally and physically for the rest of the match. Although he ended up winning the first set, my consistency worked on him as at the start of the second set I was able to finally break his serve and then I was suddenly in the zone and completely dominated the second set and the third set 10 point tiebreak.

W!MBLEDON
04-14-2008, 01:06 PM
Wow, are they league matches or other competitive matches or exhibitions or a mixture? Either way that's impressive stuff!

And Goodia, have you beaten your mate again yet?;)

they're competitive matches, i'm 14 and i play best of 3 set matches in section 1 at my club

baghdatis
04-15-2008, 06:24 AM
U play any optus tourneys around Vic W!MBLEDON? (Like Farnkston ones)

I do..

W!MBLEDON
04-15-2008, 08:07 AM
nope, i've never actually played a tournament

just club

baghdatis
04-15-2008, 12:23 PM
ok. Anyways.. good luck in future club matches.

W!MBLEDON
04-16-2008, 09:04 AM
thanks :yeah:

i do intend on entering some local tournaments soon though, when a flyer is handed out

W!MBLEDON
04-19-2008, 02:51 AM
won again today

4-6, 6-4, [10-6]

match took 2 hrs 58 mins

was down 4-6, 0-3, *0-40 and 4-6, 1-4 *15-40

chewy
04-20-2008, 11:50 AM
congrats mate! ...always sweet to come back and win the match after trailing.

Man thinking back I wish i was introduce to tennis earlier, so i could have experiece playing junior comps like you're now W!MBLEDON.

I would love to host a proper local tennis tourney someday, i'll email you a flyer when the day come. :P

As for the thread's Qs...so far no particular match strongly impressed in my mind, but i can remember the intensity "the thrill" in some of the matches I've played in the past, singles and doubles. But most are friendly matches between my tennis mates, i only remember instances, couldn't tell u the full story.
Hopefully more memorable matches have yet to come.

W!MBLEDON
04-20-2008, 12:53 PM
haha many thanks, i played a dude who was 6'3" :scared: his serve was so big, but luckily he only managed to land the first serve in about 15% of the time, but his second serve was also really difficult to deal with, there was so much spin on it! he was just really inconsistent which helped me in the end, he had on and off points, when he was on he took control of them all, he had such amazing reach... when he came to the net it was almost impossible to pass and lob him. i played well but to be honest a lot of it was luck.

Lopez
04-21-2008, 03:19 PM
The most memorable match I had was a couple of years ago with my friend, which lasted more than 3 hours I think and which my friend won in 5 tight sets. It was pretty even (though I think that that's the closest I've ever come to beating him :P). Another great one was a tiebreak against the same friend which I finally won 18-16.

A couple of shots spring to mind that I have to mention. Again, one was against the same friend I mentioned before. He was dictating the point and making me run like crazy from left to right. Finally, he hit a shot to my backhand and came to the net. I was pretty far from the ball, but I'm also pretty fast, so I made there just as the ball was about to touch the court for the second time. There must have been only a few centimeters between the ball and the court, but I was able to slide my racket under the ball (I play a one hander) and flick it for a crosscourt passing shot! It was probably the shot of my life and my friend was amazed that I was able to hit a shot like that from that position.
More recently I hit a similar shot against my kid brother, only that time I managed to lob the ball over him. I also hit another nice lob in that match, he hit a great slice approach shot to my feet. The shot clipped the line, but I was able to half-volley a great lob from my feet over him. He couldn't believe it :).

Rogieva
04-28-2008, 04:29 PM
I was 46 45* *40/15 down (2MPS) against a guy from my club. We are good friends, I always used to beat him in practise drills etc. He played well it shocked me.

Anyway, I came back and won 46 75 75 in what seemed such a marathon. I lead 2-0 or maybe 3-0 in the final set, then he served for the match again at 64 57 *54 but I broke, and won eventually.

I wanted to win this match so so so so so so bad, I think that's what got me through it. I did not want to lose

Knightmace
04-29-2008, 03:45 AM
I hard a great match with my friend, and he took the first set 7-5 then I took the second 7-6 and I was down 4-2 in the third but managed to come back and win the game 7-5.

Incredible.

StevoTG
04-30-2008, 07:26 PM
Well I just played a match that I wont forget in a hurry. Lost 6-0 6-0 in 55 minutes:sad:. I played 4 lovely points, made a lot of UE's but basically was beaten by a (far) superior player. I'm so humiliated/angry ..... still have to smile though :)

To be fair/make an excuse, this was the first time I'd played in 2 weeks due to a hip strain.

TKCHQ
06-05-2008, 08:14 PM
Yesterday I won 6-4 6-4
Two service breaks were enough to allow me get this triumph
If weather permitting, tomorrow I have a difficult match and I hope to be as focused as possible and move back Agan.

m0nk3ys1ms
06-14-2008, 10:02 PM
My most memorable match was a school match with me and my friend playing doubles against these two other guys. We won 6-0, 6-0, not even trying and laughing our asses off after every hit the two guys on the other team made. It was a good day.

Angle Queen
06-19-2008, 05:57 PM
How about a string of memorable matches? Back in 2005, in USTA League play, I was part of 9 straight sets of...6-0...over a 5 match period (including 3 matches at #1 doubles and a #2 singles effort). *sigh*

And you'd a thunk...I'd have gotten bumped up. But nooooooo. My partner did, though :yeah:

Another memorable match was last Fall in a Mixed Match. We had our first set tiebreaker go to 21-19 (which we won). Lost the second set...but won it in the third. Whew.

On the losing end, I'll never forget a District Tournament match that because of the excess heat...was limited to a proset (8 games). We were up 7-2...and lost, that match as well as the team's efforts. The heat was so intense, you could feel it radiating off the court to the back of your calves. And driving on the way home, I looked down and saw my hands all shriveled up. A sure sign of dehydration. I had to pull over, drink yet another Gatorade...and hope I could make it home. I was going to a favorite cousin's wedding that evening so I had to be in decent shape. Thank goodness there was no alcohol at the event to tempt me. I'd have been a goner for sure.

Laba
06-22-2008, 06:50 AM
My most memorable match is from roughly two years ago in the Finals of a comp my friend and I entered in together. With two players to a team, there would be two singles matches followed by a doubles rubber regardless if the result was already 2-0 or needing the final match. So my partner was up first and he lost in a tight two setter, 5-7 3-6 against probably the most skilled player in the comp. I was up next, needing to win to keep our chances alive.

I was nervous yet kept reminding myself that I had beaten my opponent in the first week of round robin play about two months prior; 6-4 6-4. Anyway, I was taken by surprise in the first set 'cause his groundstrokes were much better and he was really hitting through the court. We each exchanged a single break of serve early in the set and it ended up going to a tight tiebreaker which he won 5-7. In the second set, he seemed to be riding on confidence and outside support (he had a fair few people made up of family/friends cheering quite a lot)... and went up 2-4 with a break, and then had 0-40 on my serve, which I happened to fault on my first. At this stage, it all seemed over... I had been off-rhythm in the second set, constructing points well but unable to finish them off... until I heard someone from his group loudly proclaim "Ya might as well give 'em the trophies now!!!"

Needless to say, I fired right up, suddenly became more assault-minded and charged to the net off a kick-serve and smashed the shit out of an overhead to save the first breakpoint. From there, I was just rarely missing, going on to turn the set around and take it 6-4. I carried that momentum on into the third set and powered to a 6(5)-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory... forcing a "live" doubles match which would be one set to determine who won.

We went on to destroy them 6-1, playing our best doubles match of the competition and capturing the trophies from right out of their grasps! :D

wales1994
06-28-2008, 10:07 PM
I've just come back a few hours ago from winning a 3 set match 7-5 6-7 7-6 (8) i'm only 14 so am not really experienced in doubles but i really needed this win I was so chuffed afterwards!

dunlopkickserve
06-30-2008, 06:15 PM
Yesterday I won a doubles match with my friend against two 20something year olds. We were down 2-5 in the first set and I got pegged with a forehand after my partner hit an anemic 2nd serve. What happened next? We break three times and win 5 straight games to win the set 7-5. In the next set, I was @ net and hit the most rediculous overhead into the deuce court, then my opponent somehow hits another lob and I hit the same exact overhead, then somehow for the 3rd time he lobs and I hit another should-have-been overhead winner which he finnaly lobbed over me to my partner. My partner hit a really short lob which of course.... my opponent dominated for the point. In the end we won the 2nd set in a tie-break to win the match 7-5 7-6

babolatboy
07-03-2008, 11:25 AM
Junior year (just graduated) I was second singles for my high school team, even though it was only my second year playing, so I have a few storeis from my triumphs in that arena, but will only regale you with one. I am not a very big person, and the guy I was playing was huge, the opposing coach called it a David and Goliath match in a failed attempt to be clever. I lost the first set 0-6. But I was getting my serve back on track and had better feel on my lobs. I won the second set 6-4 in a typical one break fashion. The third set I went down quickly and was eventually faced with a 2-5 0-40 triple match/break point. I held! And went on to win 5 straight games to beat him. I have a few others if anyones interested in hearing them as well!! haha

sheeter
07-14-2008, 02:24 PM
My dubs partner and i lost a match 6-3 0-6 and 3-10 in a super tie breaker. We didn't play dubs mutch together, but still . . . We were pissed afterwards.

TwilightHunter
08-24-2008, 02:45 AM
I have one that always comes to mind:

It was the first round of the state playoffs, and I was playing doubles. It's not my strong suit; I'm better off in singles, but hey, my coach didn't listen. Oh well. My partner was getting sick from the heat, and not pulling his load, so I was trying to compensate. I was playing back, running to and fro returning balls, moving so much I barely had time to think. A slow shot came, and I hit a drop shot with heavy backspin; that's always been my specialty. The ball went over and rolled down the opposite side of the net, hit the ground, then bounced back up and over to my side. The opposing players just stood and stared, mouth agape, while my team went wild. We lost in the end, but it was a good game.

Bernard Black
08-24-2008, 11:39 PM
Won 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 yesterday against a guy at my club who usually gives me heaps of trouble. I must have hit 40-50 winners off the forehand, felt good!

tennistim
09-06-2008, 07:50 PM
One time I got into an argument with my opponent because he refused to call his lines. It was around 10pm and we were at the end of a long match. We argued for 10 mins and had got nowhere. He went into the club house and I grabbed my bag and left the club and started walking home.

5 mins later I heard someone shouting at me. I looked around and it was him! He was screaming my name and saying I forgot to sign the result form. This guy was a complete nutter. So I started to run away from him just to get to the train station before he caught me up.

I guess you could say that one was pretty memorable!

tennistim
09-06-2008, 07:55 PM
I have one that always comes to mind:

It was the first round of the state playoffs, and I was playing doubles. It's not my strong suit; I'm better off in singles, but hey, my coach didn't listen. Oh well. My partner was getting sick from the heat, and not pulling his load, so I was trying to compensate. I was playing back, running to and fro returning balls, moving so much I barely had time to think. A slow shot came, and I hit a drop shot with heavy backspin; that's always been my specialty. The ball went over and rolled down the opposite side of the net, hit the ground, then bounced back up and over to my side. The opposing players just stood and stared, mouth agape, while my team went wild. We lost in the end, but it was a good game.

I once did that off the return of service when playing a club tournament. The club president saw it and said "Wow! You'll never see that in another 10 years!!".

I did it again 5 mins later.:devil:

It's not that difficult if you get a soft service. I have met a guy who did it twice in a match off a full blooded smash.

out_here_grindin
09-07-2008, 09:30 PM
I was playing for my High School. I won 6-1, 2-6, (13-11). I was down 8-4 in the deciding tiebreak but I came back to win. My team won 5-4 so it was a vital match.