I'm just a beginner, getting better, but I have trouble closing out games. It seems to me like the most important point is once either player gets to 30. Seems like there's a world of difference between being down 15-30 to 15-40 and too oftem I'm letting my opponent get to 40 too easily. Then, I have to make a heroic struggle to get back to deuce and then feel like I've won a moral victory, even if I lose the game. Same as when I'm 30-0 or 30-15. Way too many times my opponent is able to reel off three points and i don't even get to deuce.
What do you say to yourself, what inner talk do you give yourself when you hit whatever point in the game you feel is crucial? I played this morning, after recently coming to my realization that the first point after 30 was most important and really tried to gear myself to winning that point, and yet, I completely choked. While new to tennis, I've played sports all my life and have been relatively immune to choking in pressure situations. I know I wasn't tense at all those 30-15 and 15-30 points I played this morning, but I still lost most of them, and my return of serve being down 30-15 was pathetic. Ball must have hit my frame four or five times and I must have sent another five or six week returns into the net. I'm trying to stay calm, just return the serve, get into the point, not hit a winner. And yet, it didn't work. And three of my five double faults (is that a lot for an 0-6 4-6 game?) were with me at 30-15 or 30-30.
What's going through your mind?