Definition of match point in English:

match point

noun

  • 1(in tennis and other sports) a point which if won by one of the players or sides will also win them the match.

    ‘he saved all three match points’
    • ‘From there on he just kept pulling away, setting up a match point with a forehand pass which landed on the baseline.’
    • ‘She double-faulted on her first match point, but won on her next when her opponent's backhand went long.’
    • ‘She retrieves the break only to go match point down in the tiebreaker when she makes a complete hash of a simple volley.’
    • ‘Once again, however, she held her nerve and kept Taiwan in the match, despite a disputed net call early on and facing a match point at 40-30.’
    • ‘The home favourite served for the match and closed it out on a second match point with a backhand down the line.’
    • ‘Someone will twist an ankle, fall to the heat, double fault at match point, be rude to an opponent, hit a shot we promise ourselves cannot exist.’
    • ‘Serving for her first place in the semi-finals of the French Open in 11 years, she tensed up, double-faulted and blew a match point.’
    • ‘He double faulted on his first match point and then missed a smash after a bizarre rally in the windy conditions.’
    • ‘The former world No.1 netted a backhand on the first match point.’
    • ‘He blew a second match point with a backhand drop shot that fell short.’
    • ‘He won on his second match point with his 19th ace - after double-faulting on his first - something he blamed on rushing to the finishing post.’
    • ‘He dropped one last forehand on the baseline to reach match point.’
    • ‘‘I am never nervous: even when another player has match point I will go for a winner’.’
    • ‘Her loss was largely of her own doing, with 51 unforced errors and five double-faults, including on match point.’
    • ‘He eventually won the tie-break 7-4 on his third match point.’
    • ‘She put the match away with an ace on her fourth match point.’
    • ‘She made 24 unforced errors in the first set and benefited from a controversial line call in the tie-break to save a match point.’
    • ‘They played on to the tiebreak, where he won on his second match point.’
    • ‘The South African saved the first match point with a forehand winner but then netted the next return.’
    • ‘He held off a match point at 6-5 in the tiebreak before claiming it 9-7.’
  • 2(in duplicate bridge) a unit of scoring in matches and tournaments.

    ‘a convincing margin of 54 match points’
    • ‘The winners of each score two match points and another two match points are scored by the pub with the higher total game point score over the four tables.’

Pronunciation

match point