break point


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

Examples of break point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without their characteristic defensive sharpness, the Bulls didn’t score a single fast-break point against the Wizards. Julia Poe,, 2 Jan. 2022 But Hurkacz forged the first break point of the match in the eighth game and took it with a backhand volley at the net for 5-3. Jerome Pugmire, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 In the final game, which lasted 16 minutes, Davidovich Fokina hit an underhand serve to save a break point., 4 June 2021 In 2010, for instance, Harvard economists Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart proposed a break point when government debt reached 90% of gross domestic product, a level the U.S. had supposedly reached that year. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 While facing two championship points on her serve, Fernandez held to make it 5-3 in the second set; with Raducanu’s serving for the match in the next game, Fernandez had break point. Sean Gregory, Time, 12 Sep. 2021 Early in the third set, Zverev missed another easy volley on a break point and Thiem had his lifeline. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 In the second set, Djokovic had a break point early, but strangely, the Arthur Ashe Stadium sound system went off during the point, causing the umpire to stop play. Sean Gregory, Time, 13 Sep. 2021 Auger-Aliassime finally earned a break point more than an hour in, and a double-fault by Medvedev handed over a 4-2 lead, which quickly became 5-2., 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of break point

1969, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2022

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“Break point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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