There is a saying that goes "The best time
to break serve is right after being broken". The reason being
is that players tend to relax a little after they break serve
since they know they now have the advantage. If you break
your opponent's serve you need to stay focused and do not
try to just go through the motions. If you relax and think
everything is going to be a walk in the park you may find
yourself getting broken back. On the flip side, if you get
broken, do not get discouraged. Look for a lapse of concentration
from your opponent and look to break right back.
The one that used to get me time and time again
is the second set. I would almost always win the first set
and I would be playing well. However, I had a tendency to
relax in the second set and lose focus. The last thing you
want to do is to lose the second set and give the other player
confidence going into a third set. Stay focused if you win
the first set and continue to put pressure on your opponent.
Just because you won the first set does not mean you will
win the match. Once again, looking at it from the other side
of things. If you lose the first set do not get discouraged.
Stay focused and look to win the second set and push your
opponent to three sets.
Down Love-40? It is always a great feeling to
come back from Love-40 and show your opponent that you will
fight for each and every point. However, Love-40 to 40-40
(deuce) is only good if you seal the deal and win the game.
Many players here feel the battle is to just even the score
and get to 40-40 and they relax a little. The real battle
is to win the game. Do not relax just because you evened the
score, keep the motivation going and work your heart out for
those last two points. Winning a game from Love-40 is a great
way to deflate your opponent's confidence. If you were the
one up 40-Love and and you still lost the game, it is a game
that will fester in your mind for a while.
There are many times to lose focus during a
match, realize what they are and stay focused. Recognize when
your opponent loses focus and make them pay for getting lazy
on the court.
Luck on the Court!