Playoff Rounds continued:
Match 2: L 6-2 4-6 1-6
To preface, I played my R1 match Saturday at 7 pm and we were done at 9:15 pm. My R2 match we started play on Sunday at 10 am. So little time
The guy I played had actually beaten the guy I beat in my R1 match. He beat him... 6-0 6-1
I wasn't sure how well it was going to go
Set 1 was more of me hitting nice and consistent. It didn't feel like I played 3 sets the night before. His 1st serve was unreliable, his 2nd serve was Errani-esque and he hit a lot of errors into the net. I was hitting my FH really well (I was so happy lol) and my BH was decent. Broke for 2-0*, he held for *2-1, and I got up to 5-1* SET POINT, but lost it. I served for the set at *5-2, and I believe I saved a BP and he hit some errors and the set was mine.
Set 2 once again I started thinking. BUT, the guy I played was my age, in school as well, so it felt like more of a friendly match instead of a Playoff Round match. We would talk about random stuff between games so it was more relaxing, which I think helped me. He broke me for *2-0 but I got back on serve for *1-2. We kept holding serve, and my energy was draining REALLY fast. It was a hot day, pretty humid, and I'm not in the best shape/the best athlete anyway, so I knew I needed to finish it soon. We kept holding serve until I had a BP at 3-3, to go up *4-3, but I didn't get it and was down *3-4. I was getting so tired but I got an easy hold for 4-4, and this entire set had such long rallies. He executed drop shots REALLY well which was rough on me
He has a really nice FH slice, and made me move more. I was serving at 4-5* and got broken to love and there's the set.
Set 3 he held easily, and I was just trying to have fun because I had about 5% energy left and my feet were melted to the court and not moving well
I had 40-15 and another GP at Adv in that game but lost it and I think I had a BP too, but went down *0-3. We then had to move to a new court because he reserved it for 2 hours but the time was up, so we went to a public court about a minute away. That helped me get some rest (I considered it a 10 minute break between set 2 and 3
) and I held serve for 1-3*. I had a BP to get back to *2-3, but couldn't get it, and he broke me easily and then was serving for the match at 1-5*. I saved the 1st MP after a nicely placed deep FH CC that he couldn't get back (it wasn't a winner though) but I think I hit a return error or an error after 1 shot rally on the 2nd MP.
OVerall I was dead physically but I had a lot of fun and hope I can make the latter stages again next season!