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 The Argentinean held a break point to pull to 2-3 but was halted by Swiatek, who hit 23 winners despite the cool, windy conditions and won nearly 70 percent of her service points. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Iga Swiatek powers into French Open final to continue roll, will face Sofia Kenin," 8 Oct. 2020 Pointing dogs break point while retrievers miss marks. Brian Lynn, Outdoor Life, "Training, Conditioning and Feeding for Success," 21 Sep. 2020 Djokovic fended off a break point thanks to a gutsy second serve, backhand combination, but cracked at 5-5 on a double fault wide. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic at French Open for record tying 20th major," 11 Oct. 2020 Lamb’s route in the above clip is a perfect example of the type of route running that would be successful against Thomas, where Lamb can toy with Thomas’ leverage to get his hips turned and create opportunities for separation at the break point. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 bold predictions for Cowboys-Browns, including rookie CB Trevon Diggs' first interception," 1 Oct. 2020 And then Williams regained her form, barely, surviving a break point and four deuces before earning a tough hold to go up 5-4. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Serena Williams moves into third round at U.S. Open; matchup with Sloane Stephens is next," 4 Sep. 2020 Thiem set up a break point at 2-3 after winning one of the rallies of the tournament, speedily defending around the court before hitting a forehand passing shot down the line. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Dominic Thiem beats Alexander Zverev in five sets at US Open for first Grand Slam title," 14 Sep. 2020 That’s when, at 2-1 in the third set, Osaka earned her first break point with a backhand that clipped the net tape and trickled over. Howard Fendrich,, "Short of her 24th Grand Slam title again, Serena Williams loses to Victoria Azarenka at the US Open," 10 Sep. 2020 Stephens answered with two blistering winners, one a backhand down the line, one a crosscourt forehand, and had another highlight-film winner, an inside-out forehand, to spank away another break point. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Analysis: Serena Williams often loses her cool when facing defeat. Now, she's all about calm.," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of break point

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Break point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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