match point

noun

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

Example Sentences

He won with an ace on his second match point. He won with an ace on match point.
Recent Examples on the Web Kudermetova and Mertens won six consecutive points after falling behind 7-2 in the champions tiebreaker before closing things out on their second match point. Arkansas Online, 9 Nov. 2022 Even in the deciding game, Garcia's service winner gave her a second match point, and Sabalenka sent a forehand long. Schuyler Dixon, ajc, 8 Nov. 2022 With Tiafoe serving to stay in the match at 4-5, Alcaraz hit a clean forehand winner off a difficult angle at 30-30 to generate his first match point. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022 Nadal clinched it on his fifth match point, threading a fierce forehand down the line to secure a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 victory under the closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2022 Valerie Glozman, of Bellevue, Wash., 6-3, 7-5 on her fifth match point. Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2022 Alcaraz is the first player in six years to have faced down a match point en route to the title, and the first man in 30 years to face five-set matches in the fourth round, quarterfinals, and semifinals before ultimately winning the tournament. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 11 Sep. 2022 Italy’s Sinner could not convert a match point in the fourth set. Jason Gay, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 Sinner had a match point and was serving at 5-4 in the fourth set but missed a backhand, double-faulted and missed a volley. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Match point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/match%20point. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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