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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Milwaukee also had a 19-2 edge in fast-break points. Rich Rovito, The Seattle Times, "Antetokounmpo scores 30 points as Bucks down Jazz 114-102," 7 Jan. 2019 Eyeing that breaking point, the Trump administration’s plan was more ambitious, giving countries a six-month window to slash purchases at a steeper rate. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Europe Hopes Oil Demand From China, India and Turkey Will Keep Iran in Nuclear Deal," 24 Sep. 2018 McNally served-and-volleyed down break point more than once—and make dozens of dashes to the net. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Looking Back at Roland Garros," 13 June 2018 Van Uytvanck, who replaced Kirsten Flipkens for the second reverse singles, saved the break point and got another match point when Parmentier sent a two-handed backhand wide. USA TODAY, "France wins doubles to beat Belgium 3-2 in Fed Cup," 11 Feb. 2018 Ostapenko allowed her opponent to convert 7 of 16 break points, including when a backhand landed in the net to end the match after about 1½ hours. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Defending champ Jelena Ostapenko loses opener; Venus Williams ousted, too," 27 May 2018 Ostapenko allowed her opponent to convert 7 of 16 break points, including when a backhand landed in the net to end the match after about 1½ hours. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Defending French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko out on Day 1," 27 May 2018 After limping and wincing through two more games, and after failing to fend off a sixth break point, the 16-time major champion was out of the Australian Open. USA TODAY, "Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals," 23 Jan. 2018 The best game of the match soon followed, when Djokovic fought to hold serve and saved three break points. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic Wins the U.S. Open," 9 Sep. 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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