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What does "run down a ball" mean?

Here's a past tense example, in this comment heard after a tennis match:

I can't believe you ran down the last ball.

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To chase and capture

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  • Also frequently used in baseball.
    – Kit Z. Fox
    May 26, 2011 at 20:02
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    Correct. But the tennis version wouldn't be a chase and capture, but instead a chase and return (hit back). Apr 16, 2013 at 0:06

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