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Hi,

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.

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What are the two or three previous sentences, please?

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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.

Clive

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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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