Haha my oh my what can I say about today?
The opening match I played someone who plays with a lot of top spin , very consistent, mixes spin, but really big top spin. Got nearly everything back. It's the exact player I knew I would struggle against, and that's exactly what I did.
The first four games went to deuce, and I lost all four (we played them out). I think not getting on the board early really wore on my confidence.
Rather then battling back and staying in the rallies, I tried to go for winners all the time. Needless to say I got double bageled. I'm not unhappy with it, as he's a player I don't play well against, and had I been able to hold serve in the beginning of the match, I think it would've slowed things down. I'm a momentum player.
In the back draw I lost my first match 9-11. It was a bit better for me, but I went down 0-4 (I am known for my slow starts lately), got it back to 4-4, and pretty much had a break fest until I finally got it to 8-7. I had been breaking him on the regular, and of course netted two returns, and lost that game 8-8. I got broken for 8-9, broke him back for 9-9, then lost the next 8 points when things really mattered.
When I was down I was swinging free, going for my big shots, and it was ideal. When we tied or I got into the lead, I started moonballing, which is not the way I should be playing.
I'm a big guy, and trying to grind out a rally with moonballs is not the way to play. I also only hit 2-3 really good serves this match.
Even though I was apprehensive, here's a video of me at a very unfit point last year, playing a double match. It's a 2nd serve, and a forehand forced error. Then I think a first serve fault.
I think it puts things in perspective. I should be hitting forehands like that, and not you know, moonballing haha. My footwork is atrocious, serve is all upper-body, but you know taking this video really helped me imrpove my game (and fitness! haha).