Definition of match point in English:

match point

noun

  • 1(in tennis and other sports) a point that if won by one contestant will also win the match.

    • ‘The home favourite served for the match and closed it out on a second match point with a backhand down the line.’
    • ‘The South African saved the first match point with a forehand winner but then netted the next return.’
    • ‘He eventually won the tie-break 7-4 on his third match point.’
    • ‘He dropped one last forehand on the baseline to reach match point.’
    • ‘She double-faulted on her first match point, but won on her next when her opponent's backhand went long.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She put the match away with an ace on her fourth match point.’
    • ‘He held off a match point at 6-5 in the tiebreak before claiming it 9-7.’
    • ‘They played on to the tiebreak, where he won on his second match point.’
    • ‘Her loss was largely of her own doing, with 51 unforced errors and five double-faults, including on match point.’
    • ‘From there on he just kept pulling away, setting up a match point with a forehand pass which landed on the baseline.’
    • ‘The former world No.1 netted a backhand on the first 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.’
    • ‘He blew a second match point with a backhand drop shot that fell short.’
    • ‘He double faulted on his first match point and then missed a smash after a bizarre rally in the windy conditions.’
    • ‘‘I am never nervous: even when another player has match point I will go for a winner’.’
    • ‘She retrieves the break only to go match point down in the tiebreaker when she makes a complete hash of a simple volley.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2matchpoint(in duplicate bridge) a unit of scoring in matches and tournaments.

    ‘a convincing margin of 54 matchpoints’
    • ‘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

/ˈmaCH ˌpoint/