break point

noun

Definition of break point

: a situation in tennis in which the receiving player can win the game by scoring the next point also : the point so scored

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Williams won 90% of her first serve points, won all five of her break point chances and had 25 winners to 10 unforced errors. Jill Martin, CNN, "Serena Williams dominates Wang Qiang to reach US Open semifinals," 4 Sep. 2019 Both players converted on about 80 percent of their first-serve points, but Cilic saved 13 of 14 break point chances. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Top seed Naomi Osaka ends run by Coco Gauff," 31 Aug. 2019 First, McNally converted her only break point of the match to lead 6-5. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Serena Williams avoids U.S. Open upset against 17-year-old Caty McNally," 28 Aug. 2019 Auger-Aliassime served at 5-4 but double-faulted into the net three times, including on break point. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Federer, defending champ Isner to meet in Miami Open final," 30 Mar. 2019 Medevev broke back and held for 5-4, and had a break point to get to 5-5 at 30-40 in the 10th game. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rafael Nadal humble matador once more, finds way to win when all is going wrong," 9 Sep. 2019 The Wimbledon semifinalist earned three break points straight away, didn't convert, then was broken from 40-0 to trail 2-0. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams gets milestone win, reaches 10th US Open final," 6 Sep. 2019 Osaka then escaped three break points to hold for a 2-0 lead in the second set and broke Gauff’s serve again for 3-0. Los Angeles Times, "After Naomi Osaka’s win over Coco Gauff at U.S. Open, a lesson in class," 31 Aug. 2019 The most important moments, such as Mr Federer’s break point chances at 11-all in the final set, can exceed 30%. J.s., The Economist, "Novak Djokovic wins the most thrilling men’s tennis match ever," 16 July 2019

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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