Ft. Myers singles: second round

The word for the day was “COLD”. With a cloud cover and temperature hovering around 50; the 10-15 mile north wind brought it down to somewhere around 40 degrees on the court this afternoon. My second round match was against Gary Wilson, #5 seed, from DC, who beat me two years ago in two hours 7-5, 6-4.

I started serving into the north wind and was promptly and easily broken. He served, struggled; but held his serve for 2-0. I won the next three games to go back on serve; but he broke me again at 5-5 to serve for the first set. He had a set point, which I survived; and I ended up breaking him to bring it to a first set tie breaker.

I stayed aggressive in the tie break, forcing myself to “go for my shots.” I did and won the tie break 7-5.

In the second set, I went brain dead and he had me 0-40 in my first service game. But was able to regroup, win the game and break him to have him serving at 2 games to 4. This ended up being a marathon game, just like the one I had yesterday… with me having SIX break points (to go up two service breaks at 5-2); and he had two game points. He saved all six break points and converted his second game point to bring it to a psychologically very close 4-3.

Andre Agassi says in his book that no other athlete talks to themselves as much as tennis players do… and I was talking constantly to myself: to run him side to side and take his legs away and to go for my shots. I stayed aggressive, got some lucky shots and was able to hold on for a 7-6, 6-3 upset in two very cold hours of tennis.

Tomorrow, I play the third round against #4 seed Hank Rhawn, who survived a very similar match score against my doubles partner Tom McCune, 7-6, 6-4 (also in two hours). And then after that, Tom and I team up for our first round doubles match.

6 thoughts on “Ft. Myers singles: second round

  1. Good job George I have to disagree with you. Golfers talk to themselves more Bill

    Bill – but not OUT LOUD, like we do. geo

  2. Way to go George! Lots of other good tips about mental toughness can be gleaned from Agassi’s book – thanks for that recommendation.

  3. George,
    Congratulations, playing in adverse conditions and beating a player with a strong record who had taken you out last year in straight sets. How do you remember how many deuces and how many breakpoints, or is someone else scoring the match for you?

    Good luck today going up against William Rhawn who looks to be an even stronger player.

    Dag

    Dag – tks. Part of my “problem” sometimes on court is wasting mental energy remembering those details! geo.

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