I always play tennis against the same person,
In last 4 years or something we have played for sure 50+ times and yesterday I defeated him only for the third time ever!
And not only that, I won it straight sets 6-4, 7-5!
I had only two blips in the match. At the start I went down 0-2 and in the second set I was leading 5-3 just to lose 2 games in a row. Luckily it was me who took the next 2 games.
I played actually very solid for my standards, and I was unbelievable consistant! It happened many times in the past that I started really well, but then too often my game just fell apart and I could lose even 5, 6, 7 and more games in a row.
Even though my technique is horrible and ugly, my BH was really solid yesterday, the same can be said about my serve which is much better than it was 2 years ago for example. FH is my huge liability but yesterday I at least manage to put the ball on the court most of the time.
I really feel much more stronger with my BH. I have to improve my FH badly.
Another thing - the movement. I think I'm pretty fast around the court but my anticipation and movement is just horrible. Many times I lose the point right because of this.
Anyway, it was nice to play decent tennis for 2 whole sets and hopefully I can play like this and even better many times in the future.
So glad you wrote this out. Firstly because good job on the win
Secondly because it describes 100% the tennis relationship I have with a friend as well!
I've known him for almost 6 years now. He's played tennis for like 15 years I think. I've only played about 5-6. He's a lot better than me, and over these 6 years we've played I'm sure 100+ times.
I have literally beaten him 3 times...
They've all come this year as well, so I can sense a better improvement. Won 64 63 in January and then again 63 62 in April and then a 3rd time I beat him 63 60 at end of May. I kind of don't count the most recent, as we played in 90+ degree Farenheit heat and he clearly was struggling and my drop shots landing on the service line he wasn't even attempting. But he still continued the match and put in some effort so I guess it counts
It's so satisfying to actually play decent for a long stretch of a match... I'm usually dominated from the start and have to play catch up. And honestly, when he's in the zone, I just have to hope he starts playing badly. There are some days I can't do a single thing to disrupt his rhythm for longer than maybe 2-3 points, then he's back blasting winners by me
The win in April was honestly my best. The ones in Jan and May were bc he played terrible and I wasn't even particularly impressive but he was worse so he didn't win the clutch points he always does. Tons of errors after 2-3 shots (which is usually what I do). The win in April though was okay though. I was hitting the ball cleaner than ever. I played him after that at the beginning of May and lost a really tight match. He won 67(8) 63 [11-9]. It was almost 10 pm so we opted to just do a super tiebreak. I was soooo close to winning. Saved 4 set points in first set to win it. Was up 7-4 in the super tiebreak as well (I still lament that drop shot I tried at 8-8 in the super tiebreak
But it's satisfying 1000% when I can actually consistently play well. That match I just spoke about was one of my best in years against him tbh. Serve was working. I ACTUALLY HIT WINNERS FROM THE BASELINE. I'm that player that hits maybe 5 winners a match. 1 due to a dead netcord. 1-2 due to passing shots. 1-2 due to a stray, nicely angled CC shot that he doesn't attempt to go for.
Anyway, didn't mean to go off on a tangent lol but here's to hoping we have more days of consistent play
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