Here I am. Played the best match of my life tonight! Under the lights, heavy air, lightning storm as a backdrop
Babblelot 6-7(3), 3-6 2:00
But here's the rub: I've been playing this guy every summer the past 2 years; tonight was only my 4th time on court. A typical 2hr scoreline reads includes some variation of 6-1, 6-0, 6-1, 6-2. In fact, in the past two years, I've only managed to win 3 games off him in 1 set twice. Last time out, I equalled that feat. I played out of my tree tonight. Patience! Dropshots instead of going for broke and monster serves: 5 aces and easily 4x that number of balls that nearly knocked him over. Unfortuantely, I had several loose games. Per set, 3 easy holds, 1 tank and the others fight for my life to get through. Dang, on serve at 2-3 and 30-0 I realized that that was the first time I had to hit a second serve.
But here's why I'm starting my log. Last...whenever...I asked for help with respect to my ROS, and the collective genius of T4U encouraged me to move in and take the ball earlier. I've been trying it with not so great results, but I could see if I just stayed with it, it would definitely pay dividends. Tonight, it all clicked. I broke his serve 3 times. In two years I might have broken him 2 or 3 times.
aside: this might be filed under "in the zone". I had no business playing like I did tonight. The only real challenge was to block out the noise between my ears which really lead me to trouble on my service game. But, seriously, I haven't played in 3 weeks and only 4 times since October. Where did that serving come from? And those dropshots--I've never hit one in my life and I likely hit 10 winners to the 2 I netted. I cracked 2 angry backhand winners that neither of us expected and knifed my slice as if I've been doing that all my life. It was all there! I even forgot to put in my contacts lol
injury update: in the middle of the marathon 1st set, I cracked my "bad" knee after swiping a defensive squash shot. Didn't impact me tonight, but I do have a nice knot. Considering the location on this knee, it really couldn't be placed in a more painful location. Investment tip: buy stock in ibuprofen.
So that's it. This may be my 1st and last entry, but I wanted to let you guys know that you were spot on to position me closer and to take the ball earlier. Cheers!