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 Zverev sailed a backhand wide on the third match point. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Dominic Thiem outlasts Alexander Zverev, comes back from two sets down to win US Open and first Grand Slam title," 14 Sep. 2020 After Azarenka's backhand found the net on a second match point, Osaka let out a deep breath and looked skywards. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Naomi Osaka rallies to beat Victoria Azarenka for US Open title and third major," 12 Sep. 2020 Sevastova often played to Gauff’s forehand on important points and did so again during the final game, when Gauff made four unforced forehand errors, including the final stroke of the match, which landed in the net on Sevastova’s fourth match point. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Coco Gauff Loses in the First Round of the U.S. Open," 31 Aug. 2020 After forcing Sakkari into an error on match point, Williams let out a loud roar, which resonated even more since there are no fans at this year's tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Another comeback win for Serena Williams at the US Open," 7 Sep. 2020 Up 5-4 and desperate for a break to end the match, Murray crushed a cross-court backhand to get to match point, then finished off the comeback with a topspin lob that Nishioka could not put on the court. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Andy Murray, the Former No. 1, Pulls a Wild U.S. Open Comeback," 1 Sep. 2020 After squandering one match point, the Eagles secured it with a kill by Victoria Urbanczyk. David Hinojosa,, "Pleasanton stays perfect with sweep over Hondo," 25 Aug. 2020 After Medvedev saved two match points on his service game, Nadal stepped to the line with major No. Daniel Rapaport,, "Big Three's Dominance Continues (for Now) After Rafael Nadal Captures Another Major," 9 Sep. 2019 But Williams saved a match point and came roaring back, winning the next four games to level the set at five games apiece and send Arthur Ashe Stadium into pandemonium. Stanley Kay,, "After Beating Serena Williams to Win the U.S. Open, Bianca Andreescu’s Time Is Now," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of match point

1921, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2020

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“Match point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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