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    rallied from 5-2 down in the first set

    The cross-strait duo rallied from 5-2 down in the first set, but ultimately lost the set 5-7.
    http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/fron.../10/2003589985
    What does "down" mean in the above sentence?
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    #2

    Re: rallied from 5-2 down in the first set

    They were losing by that score.

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    Re: rallied from 5-2 down in the first set

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What does "down" mean in the above sentence?
    Being "5-2 down" means you have won 2 games in the set and your opponent has won five 5.
    So, the duo was 2-5; they managed to catch up (rallied) to 5-5 before the other team took the next two games to make it 5-7.

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    Re: rallied from 5-2 down in the first set

    I am not a teacher.

    It is customary for the scores to be given in the same order throughout.

    If they were 5-2 down in the first set then they had 2 and their opponents had 5. If then they "ultimately lost the set" it should be 7-5, not 5-7.

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    Re: rallied from 5-2 down in the first set

    After going down 3-0, they staged a rally and went on to a 5-7, 6-1, 10-8 victory — improving to 17-4 on clay and confirming Hsieh’s elevation to the No. 1 ranking.
    What does the phrase in red mean?
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    #6

    Re: rallied from 5-2 down in the first set

    Their total records for wins and losses when playing on clay courts.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: rallied from 5-2 down in the first set

    Incidentally, I don't know how tennis scores work in Taipei, but if they had been 5-2 down, and then rallied but still lost, they would have lost 7-5; or they might have been 2-5 down and ultimately lost 5-7.

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    Re: rallied from 5-2 down in the first set

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Incidentally, I don't know how tennis scores work in Taipei, but if they had been 5-2 down, and then rallied but still lost, they would have lost 7-5; or they might have been 2-5 down and ultimately lost 5-7.

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    Er ... indeed.

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