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Barandika over serves. I couldn't believe it.

Many people think that it is inconceivable that a player might overserve in singles. Not me.

As you pointed out, Barandika aced Goitia just a minute or two before. Well, the cost of 'going for it' on your serve is a increased error rate. Period. Just look at men's tennis, where it's built into the rules of the game with fault and double-fault. And also look at the what happens when the second serve has nothing on it.

At the other extreme, I remember a Citrus singles championship where Goiko was returning to the court with PGP and had to face Egi. I was hoping that Egi would win the point and was looking for a serve deep to the backhand / corner. Instead, Egi's serve came up nearly 3 lines short and right to the forehand. Game over.

So there are certain times when the onus is on the server to place it well, or else.

Since you are tracking and thinking about H2H match-ups, I would suggest taking note of what happens when ANY player delivers a short, non-wall-hugging serve to Erik. I don't know the answer, but as a response to Jim's assertion that Erik is winning mostly on gifts, I examined all of Erik's doubles wins for the last 8 days and found that any time you allow Erik a right side, 8-line or closer, it's at least a 50% fatality.

So it wouldn't surprise me a bit to see that the price tag of giving Erik a singles 'nothing serve' might be either a guaranteed pass with a high probability of a 'ch' word, or a winning pica.


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