Nice outing last night, tho' it only lasted 2 hours.
After 45 min. warmup and drills, we played 2 sets.
First set I run out to a 4-0 lead on some excellent serve and volley tennis. The slice serve to both sides is very effective, wicked spin + short in the box. Dan holds the fifth game and I serve and break to take the set 6-1! Yikes, Dan is very unnerved and I've expended a ton amount of energy on the attack. I know the second set will not be a repeat of the first!
Even with a short rest between sets, I'm still hurting and Dan holds and breaks immediately to take his first lead of the night. I'm not hitting the slice serve as much and am going with the "bomb" to the body which he handles fairly well.
I manage to hang with him until I'm serving at 3-5. I hold for 4-5 and Dan is serving for the set. We both have 4 game points and can't convert! It's crunch time and no quarter is given!!! I finally take 2 points in a row with the same combination- low BH slice return, big cross court FH followed by a volley into the open court. wooohoo, there's still some gas left in my tank!!! I consolidate the break and go up 6-5, but can hardly move. Dan holds at love and sends us to the TB. At this point, I'm running (or walking
) on fumes but am very excited to still be in the set. Dan holds for 1-0 with some steady play, a 12 shot rally where he's got me on a string!!! I know this guy is a seasoned 4.0 league/tourney player and the TB could get ugly is the long points continue. I thought about hitting the slice serve which was so effective in the first set, but I realize I don't have the legs to follow it to the net. I elect to go with the bomb serve followed by a big forehand in order to keep the points short. I hold to go up 2-1. At this point I sense that Dan has relapsed into the negative mind-set he had during the first set- he can feel things slipping away. I smell blood and it's time to move in for the kill! I break him twice with 2 excellent crosscourt BH returns and bomb away (2 hardest serves of the night!!!) to go up 6-1. By now he is completely demoralized and hands me match point on an uncharateristic unforced error. Perhaps our greatest set in nearly 12 years of playing each other, what a night!!!