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 Merrick McHenry set up match point by finishing an attack on a one-handed set from Andrew Rowan, who had 41 assists and three digs. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 Murray would stay in the match, saving a match point and forcing a tie-break before losing in close to three-and-a-half hours. Homero De La Fuente, CNN, 26 Mar. 2024 Pegula helped ice the win by serving out the final two points, delivering an ace on match point. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2024 Despite a nervy double fault and Gauff saving the first match point with a beautiful forehand down the line, Sabalenka stayed calm and finished off the match quickly from there. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 Djokovic then held serve and saved a match point before taking the set in a tiebreaker. John Pye, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 The 25-year-old raced into a 5-2 lead in the second set, but wobbled after Świątek saved two match points and mounted a comeback to come within touching distance of leveling the second set. Issy Ronald, CNN, 24 Feb. 2024 Rublev did it tough, wasting four match points in the fifth set. USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2024 No one in recent times has had the temerity or skill to save match points against the ironman of tennis. Tim Ellis, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of match point was in 1921

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Cite this Entry

“Match point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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