Today, I fought a set against one of the other players from the office tennis club.
I was feeling good and immediately went up 5-1. And then shit happened — my first serve stopped working! My backhand slice started missing the lines! He started playing better.
Slowly, he inched his way up 2-5… 3-5… 4-5 and before I knew it, he was leading 6-5! At that moment, I thought I knew how Roger Federer felt during the first set of that encounter against Rafael Nadal during the 2008 Hamburg Masters. It didn’t feel good at all.
My turn to serve.
Five minutes remaining before our court reservation ends. I needed to win this game to at least end in a tie. How could I have lost the last 5 games! What happened to my first serve! Why am I serving to stay in the set when I was already leading 5-1!
Time’s up. It’s a tie 6-6.
By the way, I was looking at my strings during the game and it’s just shouting “Replace me! Replace me!”. I’m visiting Victoria in Jimbocho this Tuesday to have them replaced.
You can see the main strings (Wilson Natural Gut) is just screaming to be replaced. I got these just three months ago! Natural guts are so not durable. In comparison, the cross strings (Luxilon Big Banger) still looks new.