match point


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

Federer held two match points against Djokovic in the Wimbledon final earlier this summer, but the Serb survived them and went on to win in a fifth-set tiebreaker., "2019 U.S. Open TV schedule: When and where to see Roger Federer, Serena Williams vie for all-time records," 26 Aug. 2019 How many times in Federer v. Nadal or Nadal v. Djokovic has someone come back to win from match point down? Jon Wertheim,, "How Does Djokovic's Wimbledon Win Impact His GOAT Status?," 24 July 2019 One thing that probably allowed me to come back and save match points and win this match was the mental stability in those moments. Tara Sullivan,, "Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer Wimbledon finale was simply tennis at its very best," 16 July 2019 Gauff saved two match points when serving at 5-2 but Halep clinched the win when the teenager sent a forehand wide in the next game. CBS News, "Coco Gauff's Wimbledon run comes to an end as 15-year-old loses to Simona Halep," 8 July 2019 Halep, who turned over her ankle in the first-round, saved triple match points to persevere against American Lauren Davis in a 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 third-round victory. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Australian Open: Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki set for final," 25 Jan. 2018 The fifth game went to a deuce point, which was also a match point for the Storm. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Orange County Breakers stay in World Team Tennis playoff contention after outlasting Orlando Storm," 30 July 2019 Receiving the serve on match point, Komatineni ripped a forehand sizzler that left Lofgren flat-footed to win the set 7-6 on the tiebreak and taking the match win. Luke Feliciano,, "In his first-ever appearance, Niraj Komatineni wins 2019 Cincinnati Met singles tournament," 24 July 2019 Nadal tried to stay alive in the fourth set, pushing Federer to match point five times. CBS News, "Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal in four sets at Wimbledon," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of match point

1921, in the meaning defined above

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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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