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

Kerber controlled the match, booking her spot in the final when Ostapenko flailed a forehand wide on the second match point in the match. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Angelique Kerber earns spot in Wimbledon final after cruising past Jelena Ostapenko," 12 July 2018 In the third set, both teams attempted match point four separate times before Flint and Day came out on top. Shane Lantz, The Seattle Times, "New teammates win first title together in AVP Beach Volleyball Seattle Open," 24 June 2018 The two returned today, and the Argentine needed a tiebreaker (and five match points) but eventually closed out the match 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5). Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts From Four Women's Quarterfinals at Wimbledon," 10 July 2018 Previous Australian Open winners have saved match points en route to the final, but no woman has done it in two matches. John Pye, Houston Chronicle, "Simona Halep faces Caroline Wozniacki in Australian Open women's final," 25 Jan. 2018 Zverev held a match point against Nadal in Indian Wells in 2016, stretched him to five sets at the Australian Open a year later and took a set off the King of Clay Sunday. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal: Who can stop the 'King of Clay' at the French Open?," 21 May 2018 An unusual feature of the Final Four is that the winner is based on game points and not match points, as is the case with nearly every other team event that this writer knows of. Chris Chase,, "Chess notes," 21 Apr. 2018 Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig saved a match point before recovering for a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 win over former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur. John Pye, The Seattle Times, "Major letdown for US women: Venus, Stephens out in Melbourne," 15 Jan. 2018 After match point against Wozniacki, as Sergio did a tarantella in the stands, Camila stood beaming on the court. Jon Wertheim,, "Camila Giorgi Has Talent to Stay on Tour, But Finding Finances a Struggle," 10 Jan. 2014

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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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