6-3 and 6-4 is basically the same thing

 

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I’ve been wanting to write about this topic for a while now, and finally I have enough time to write about it, so here I go.

In tennis, there are situations when matches or sets end with a game count of 6-4 or 6-3. Technically, there isn’t much of a difference between these two scores. Let me explain why.

On the first set, whoever serves first has a possibility of winning the set by 6-3 if he or she breaks her or his opponent’s serve once. However, if the match is extremely leveled, the score can end up to be 4-4. In this situation, if the opponent is the one trying to break your serve and succeeds, all he or she has to do is keep his or her serve in the next game to win the set with a game count of 6-4. (Or the opposite; you keep your service game and break the next game.)

This is why people say whoever takes the serve in the beginning has an advantage.

But what I am trying to say is, depending on where and when the your opponent or yourself break a service game, the score may vary.

1 – 0 YOU KEEP

2 – 0 YOU BREAK OPPONENT’S SERVE

3 – 0 YOU KEEP

3 – 1 OPPONENT KEEP

4 – 1 YOU KEEP

4 – 2 OPPONENT KEEPS

5 – 2 YOU KEEP

5 – 3 OPPONENT KEEPS

6 – 3 YOU KEEP (WIN)

However, if two breaks occur in one match from both players before the game count reaches 4-4, the match will end up in a 4-4 situation (excluding scores above 4-4.)

1 – 0 YOU KEEP

2 – 0 YOU BREAK OPPONENT’S SERVE

2 – 1 OPPONENT BREAKS YOUR SERVE

2 – 2 OPPONENT KEEP

3 – 2 YOU KEEP

3 – 3 OPPONENT KEEPS

4 – 4 YOU KEEP

 See what I mean?
So basically, if you win or lose with a score of 6-3 or 6-4, the only difference between those two game counts are either whoever served first or there were multiple breaks before 4-4.
Here’s my advice in a 4-4 situation.
If you are returning serve, play points very carefully. A two point lead will be very good for you, especially because if the opponent loses the next point, he will be in a triple break-point situation. Maybe things may not go smoothly and the score becomes 30 all. No matter what, take the point. In a 4-4 situation, 30 all and deuce are a very important point, and whoever takes it has an advantage of keeping or breaking the game. I personally experienced this, but in a 5-4 situation with the opponent serving. It was 30 all, and I lost the point on two similar matches and lost the match. Don’t end up like me.
Hope this helped.
That concludes my article for today. Feel free to leave a comment!
~Jin
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