You are playing a grueling and long match, losing track of the sequence of serving. After you each serve (your opponent from the north end and you from the south end), the player who served first from the north end starts serving again and plays two points until you realize what happened. What do you do and what’s the score?
This happened in the match between Hank Irvine and Dave Spilseth on Tuesday. I was watching with Doug Brunner who said after Dave won two points, “Didn’t Dave already serve from that side?” I yelled out to Hank to check the sequence and they both agreed they had screwed up.
What’s The Score?
They came to the net (actually, they sat down because they were both tired) and agreed correctly: All points played in good faith stand. So they switched sides and Dave Spilseth continued serving at 30-love. The correct solution.
My Singles Quarter-finals
Today, my challenge was to play #2 seeded Peter Peczely (who beat me soundly two years ago 6-0, 6-1). Knowing he was a superior player, my “game plan” was to play with controlled aggression and come to the net as much as possible and get as many games as I could.
He started serving and I broke him! Then I served the second game and had a 40-15 lead… only to miss an aggressive forehand down the line and then serve-volley and miss the volley wide.
He then broke me and settled into his strong baseline game, hitting the balls deep in the court and serving very, very well. He took the first set 6-2.
Although the points and games were close, he continued his dominance and was serving 4-0. I said to myself, “6-2, 6-0 is not much better than I did before.” And buckled down as hard as I could.
I was able to break him and serve at 1-4. Then held a good service game to go 4-2; and continued my “comeback” to manage a break point in the next game (which would have brought us back on serve); but he aced me down the middle in the ad court.
Even though I would have been content with 6-2 6-2, I really wanted to win one more game. And what a game it was! I served at 2-5 for more than 15 minutes, saving two match points; but unable to convert TEN game points.
I finally hit deep to his backhand and came to the net and he missed the passing shot. He then served it out for a 6-2, 6-3 victory (which I was very happy about).
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