match point

noun

Definition of match point

: a situation (as in tennis) in which one player or side will win the match by winning the next point also : the point itself

Examples of match point in a Sentence

He won with an ace on his second match point. He won with an ace on match point.
Recent Examples on the Web On match point, Svitolina hit the return long and Fernandez bent down to the ground on the baseline before Svitolina came across to embrace her. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Raducanu needed four match point opportunities to eliminate Rogers, a 28-year-old from Charleston, S.C., but Raducanu won when Rogers hit a return into the net. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Stephens won it on her third match point: 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7). Alex Coffey, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2021 Jordan Larson fell to the floor, put her head in her hands and cried after Brazil couldn’t return her spike on match point. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2021 Jordan Larson fell to the floor, put her head in her hands and cried after Brazil couldn’t return her spike on match point. Josh Dubow, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Aug. 2021 Ultimately, Zverev finished the match with a third break of serve, crushing a backhand winner down the line on match point and covering his face with his hands in disbelief. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 On the second match point, Federer decided to hit a topspin forehand and rush the net. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, 28 June 2021 Coco Gauff before Krejčíková saved a match point in the semifinals against No. 17 Maria Sakkari. Samuel Petrequin, chicagotribune.com, 12 June 2021

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First Known Use of match point

1921, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2021

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“Match point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/match%20point. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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match point

noun

English Language Learners Definition of match point

: a situation in tennis in which one player or team can win the match by winning the next point
: the final point that must be won to win a match in tennis

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