On Friday, Tom and I faced the #1 seeded team in the second round of the doubles. According to “knowledgeable friends” (you know who you are!), Fred Farzenagan of Tampa and Ray Lake of Kansas City are “excellent singles players; but with no real doubles weapons.”
We were told, if we played strong and steady doubles, “they were beatable.” So, we took the court with a positive mindset.
In the first set, we traded a pair of service breaks with them (we were having trouble holding my serve) and I was serving at 4-5. They made a couple of nice shots and we missed a couple … and that was the first set.
In the second set, we remained positive and focused; and we were able to break them at 4-4; so that we were serving for the second set. They each made excellent returns of serve on the first and second points of Tom’s service game and broke us to go 5-5.
They held and we crossed over with me serving at 5-6, to stay in the match. Tom and I remained AGGRESSIVE, with good movement at the net; and we held to bring it to a tie breaker.
In the first-to-seven tie break, we went up a point break and were serving at 5-4. We won that point and now had two set points at 6-4. Unfortunately, we didn’t close it out and crossed over trailing 6-7. We saved a match point to go to 7-7; but they won the next two to take it 6-4, 7-6 (9-7).
It was a good end to a good week of tennis (but I am happy to be home). My personal record for the week, in singles and doubles, was three wins and three losses.