6/0 6/0. This score has 2 faces. For a winner this is the easiest possible score and the best scenario that can happen at any time. For the loser many times this is a humiliating experience that can lead to many months full of doubts, negative thoughts and lack of motivation. Is it easy to win 6/0 6/0? Not really but you should always try to do that.
Tennis is a game with no time limit. It means that player who wins 2 sets leaves the court with balls in hand (in some tournaments men have to win 3 sets). Being aware of this fact players should remember that win is a win – it doesn’t matter if your score is 7/6 7/5 or 6/0 6/0 you only advance one round at a time. Sometimes you will struggle against tough opponent and other time you will storm through easy rival. Unfortunately too many times players make matches longer than they have to because of some critical mistakes. It is not easy to achieve solid consistency in good performances but with conscious work you will definitely improve your stats really soon.
A lot of players start the match with mindset that they need first several games to get feeling and warm up. That’s a wrong approach. You have to start strong with confidence that you can play your best tennis from the first ball. If you take this approach you will see that it is not difficult to get early lead and put enormous pressure on the opponent.
Another mistake that is common among tennis players is to lose focus while getting a lead. 4/0 in the first set or beginning of the second set after winning easily the first part are examples of scenarios where players tend to play with less intensity and this change is the first step to put yourself in troubles. Always continue what is working for you and try to finish the match as soon as possible. 6/0 6/0 is your job. If you will give a chance for your rival to come back you can be negatively surprised how little hope can create miracles in opponent’s game.
One more lesson to learn: never change strategy that gives you points. Many lost matches happened because players suddenly changed tactic that was giving them advantage. If you play aggressively from the baseline and you win points don’t try to impress spectators with actions at the net or spectacular drop shots. Use your strengths and finish the match quickly. 6/0 6/0.
So why should we always try to win 6/0 6/0? It is not about the score – it is about the mentality. Your task is to finish the match as soon as possible while giving your best. If you make the match longer you risk:
- Getting tired
The longer you play the more tired your body is. If you think about winning more than one match during the tournament you have to include recovery in your actions. So what is the reason to stay on the court in sunny weather for 30 minutes more if you can finish the match and use this time to recover and plan your next battle?
- Getting injured
I know it is not going to happen every time but one time can be enough for your career. The longer you stay on the court the bigger chance to twist your ankle or put too much stress on your shoulder while serving. Respect your body and don’t give additional stress on it if it is not necessary.
- Giving momentum to opponent
Tennis game is a changing environment. Sometimes few balls can entirely turn the momentum and give hope to the other player. Remember that 1 or 2 good shots can give your oponnent internal strength to work harder and win the match. Why should you risk that if you can rest in your bed right now?
That’s it. It is not about the score – it is about your approach. If you will always focus from the first ball to the last one you will see that your wins will be much easier and faster than ever before. Are you ready to win 6/0 6/0?
Marcin Bieniek is a professional tennis coach and founder of instructional website http://tennisisland.us. Marcin has been working with USTA, top 100 ITF and WTA/ATP players. He is a frequent contributor to TennisPro and TenisKlub magazines and he was a speaker at International Coaching Tennis Symposium 2016 at Hilton Head Island, USA.