What does it mean to ‘break down for a lead’?

I came across it in an article about a tennis match. I’ve never seen ‘break down’ used in a positive way, so I’m a bit baffled.

Hope you can clear it up for me.

Thank you.


What are the two or three previous sentences, please?


break down usually refers to something that fails or is not successful.

a lead usually is a good thing.

It's hard to think of an example where it would make sense to use these rather contradictory terms.


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I'm sorry, but I couldn't find the article again. However, if I recall correctly, it had something to do with how the game proceeded (I mean the individual ralleys) before one of the players broke down for a lead.

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