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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Nadal then saved three break points and navigated six deuces in the critical eighth game before holding to 5-3 with a running forehand winner down the line. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "On a Wild Day at Wimbledon, Federer Exits and Nadal Hangs On," 11 July 2018 Isner, who had already saved break points in the set, couldn’t survive this time. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Kevin Anderson Outlasts John Isner in a Five-Set Marathon at Wimbledon," 13 July 2018 Broady saved six break points in the second set before succumbing to Muguruza’s constant pressure in the 12th game. Sam Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Two-time champ Petra Kvitova out at Wimbledon," 3 July 2018 Thiem courageously saved three break points to start the third, yet dropped serve in his next service game. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title," 10 June 2018 UConn scored nine of its 15 fast-break points in the first half, most of them created by intercepting poor passes. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Instant analysis: No. 4 Louisville women's basketball suffers second loss at No. 1 UConn," 12 Feb. 2018 In the fourth game, as Williams tried to cash in on her fourth break point, Goerges interrupted a baseline rally with a drop shot. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Serena Williams overwhelms Julia Goerges at French Open; Maria Sharapova next," 2 June 2018 The 23-time grand slam champ faced a mere one break point and tallied 85% of her first-serve points. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams to face Maria Sharapova at French Open," 2 June 2018 Kerber finally got her first break point of the match at 3-3. New York Times, "Tennis Needs Serena Williams Back. But Does She Need to Be Seeded?," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of break point

1969, in the meaning defined above

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