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put (something) down to (something else)

To regard a situation, action, or outcome as being the result of some specific aspect, condition, or event. The runner put her leg pain down to simple muscle fatigue, but she was shocked to learn that it was due to deep vein thrombosis. I put most of my success down to the excellent teaching I received in secondary school.
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put something down to something

 and set something down to something
to explain something as being caused by something else. I put his bad humor down to his illness. We set your failure down to your emotional upset.
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Melbourne [Australia], Jan 20 ( ANI ): The unseeded Indian pair of Leander Paes and Purav Raja bounced back from a set down to book their place in the pre-quarterfinals of the men's doubles event of the Australian Open here on Saturday.
Williams has now come from a set down to win four times at this tournament, trumping her previous grand slam record of three, as the top seed showed her relentless fighting spirit again to win 4-6 6-3 6-0.
Home favourite Samantha Stosur's interest in the tournament was ended by American Varvara Lepchenko, who fought back bravely from a set down to win 4-6 6-4 7-5 in two-and-a-half hours.
And the 32–year–old had to dig deep once more to recover from a set down to eventually run out a 3–6 6–4 6–3 winner.
Federer went a set down to the third-seeded Czech but levelled in the next and took control with a break in the fourth game of the third set - before comfortably serving out the match to end his drought.
Seoul: Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska rallied from a set down to win the Korea Open at her first attempt on Sunday, edging out Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-4.
Kuznetsova thanked the few hearty fans who stayed out late to watch her comeback from a set down to beat Kerber 3-6 7-5 6-4.
Frenchman Simon sprung a major shock by coming from a set down to beat world number one Rafael Nadal 3-6 7-5 7-6 (8/6) in athree hours and 22 minutes.
Russian Dmitry Tursunov defeated Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-6, 6-3 and Belgian Xavier Malisse came from a set down to beat French qualifier Florent Serra 6-7, 6-2, 6-0.
Dementieva came back from a set down to beat Bethanie Mattek 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
August 18 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig showcased a spirited performance as they bounced back from a set down to book their place in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati here on Friday.
Roger Federer came from a set down to beat German Tommy Haas and reach the final of the Halle Open.
PARIS: World number seven Elena Dementieva came from a set down to defeat Czech Lucie Safarova 6-7 6-1 6-4 to win the Paris Indoor Open for the first time on Sunday.
Summary: Roger Federer came back from a set down to beat Andy Murray in their blockbuster match at London's 02 Arena.
1 Roger Federer when he came from a set down to clinch his first Masters Series title with a 1-6 6-3 6-3 win in Madrid yesterday.