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Ok so,my history is:
I played with a champion in my club,a elderly veteran. I would play a normal match with 5 sets.
I played 6 match against him and lost all which is a shame,I nearly win all encounters but could not convert key moments.
I remember once he was down 2 sets and I was winning the last set at 7-1,then unforced errors exploded like bomb which cost me the match.
Usually I made a good start,probably winning first 2 sets straight,and finally lost the match 3-2,the damage comes when he is getting used to my service and chop my service each time to make point longer and harder to win for me.
The last match I played was at 3 sets which I lost again 2-1,this was a really important match in a tournament organised in the club im in which determined the first place and second place,obviously if he beat me,he will be first and I will be second and no one can beat him in this division
The score was 7-11,14-12,8-11
I was winning the last set at 8-5,then from no where I made 5 unforced errors in a row,this is very frustrating
Im used to his service at my forehand side but when he changed to my backhand side,I struggled a bit.
Btw Im shakehand and his penhold.
I have a side spin service and vary shot from far corner, I usually use an aggressive 3rd ball attack, i'm good at smash,
Self confidence is part of the mental game.
The most important thing here is your emotional control. The strokes or the game are clearly not the issue in trying to beat him as you have shown to yourself that you are competitive with him and can get your self into winning positions. However, at this stage you do not truly believe in your ability to beat him. When those moments happen a few things will be happening to your body. You will start getting tight in different areas of the body. Probably the shoulders and also the legs will stop working properly. When this happens you need to have some tools to be able to help yourself get back to a more relaxed state.
Take a look through the section we have on Sports Psychology. In there you will find some interesting tutorials. Take a look especially at the first one on Recognise Your Feelings. I am sure you will relate to this one well.
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