Dr.Ivo def. Florian 6-7(4),7-6(4),5-7,6-4,11-9!
I have to comment on this epic and shocking match we played yesterday...there was everything, i was sooo lucky at some moments, sorry for that
, but he was lucky at some points too...crazy stuff, i even saved a MP at 5-6 down in the 5th set
I served very good throughout, and volleyed even better, he could rarely pass me, but all the credit to him for some shots, unbelievable
He also played great at the net, i couldnt find many solutions...he didnt play like usually, he was using short crosscourts very rarely in baseline rallies which surprised me in a positive way because i was dealing with him easier from the baseline, and that made me able to break him 3 times
I defended very good all the time and that made him do some uncharacteristic errors
I probably wont remember some things cause the match was really long, but i'll mention the most important
1.set...we started solid with our serves i guess, i dont think we had any problems till 3-3 where i somehow broke his serve with a nice return winner passing shot, but i was lucky before in that game...i held for 5-3, he held for 5-4 and then, of course, i lost my serve at the worst moment...he had 2 net cords in that game, he was very lucky to break me...and then we got to the TB where i missed 2 volleys to hand him a 3-0 lead with a double minibreak
at 4-0, i got one of the minibreaks back, but it wasnt enough as he held his serves and made another minibreak at 6-4 with a lob winner
2.set...i really dont remember if we had break points, there probably were some, but it isnt important...we managed to hold our serves to get to the TB where i got to a convincing lead just like he did in the first set...i think i was leading 3-1,4-2 or something like that, i cant remember...but he got minibreaks back and i was leading 5-4 when i luckily took his serve point, im not sure how, but on a very lucky way, sorry...then at 6-4 i hit a great return on the line and it enabled me to reach the net and seal the set with a volley winner
3.set...i probably should have won that set, but i didnt use my chances, and i had them a lot....i had break points in 3 straight games i think, but he somehow saved it, all credit to him
and then he started to hold easier and he managed to make a deciding step on my serve at 6-5 where he played a fantastic game, great shots to break my serve and take the set
my BP conversion was somewhere around 0/5, and his 1/2 or something like that
4.set...i didnt let the 3rd set get to me as i was holding my serve with ease, he did the same at the beginning if i remember correctly...but then, finally, i managed to break his serve at 3-3, i was lucky i guess, but it was time to break him after so many chances, i played some nice rallies and defended solid...i didnt let him break back this time as i served out the set at 5-4 to take us into a decider
5.set...crazy set with a lot of drama, i expected him to miss a bit more, but he played great and didnt let me come close to his serve, well done for that
On the other side, i was playing my serve games with a bigger tension and i was winning them much harder, i had to get out the best of my volleys to compete with him...i dont remember if there were break points before 4-3 scoreline, but at 4-3 he had 15-40 and i though i am done...but somehow i saved it, i was really lucky, i cant believe he didnt pass me there...then there were tense games, but noone could make deciding step...and then, probably the most important game, at 6-5...he got to a match point there, 30-40, but fortunately for me i kept composure and saved it with great volleying
Then we held our serves with no big problems all the way until 9-9, i thought we will hold our serves much more longer, but he made some errors and handed me a break point...i was sooo lucky on that one, sorry man...he was at the net, i played a drop shot and got to the net, then he hit a strong shot in my racquet and it got over with a net cord...he hit it back, but then he went back to the baseline where he tried to pass me or lob me, but i was concentrated enough to use that situation and win a point at the net...really sorry man
And then i was fortunate to play fantastic in the last game, i hit some perfect serves and got to a 40-0 lead...he saved first MP, but i used 2nd to win this epic encounter!
Unreal score, unbelieveable match, i dont know what to say...im happy i came out on the winning side although i was very lucky...very entertaining, but also very long match, about hour and a half
I found very inpolite that he didnt say a word after the match, he even didnt say good game, but im not surprised, i expected it actually
GG and GL!