Dr.Ivo def. StivenT 6-7(7),7-6(3),7-5!
Very tight match, i was lucky to win it in the end, we both played really good on our serves, match was pretty much the same all the time with easy serve holds...he couldnt get anywhere near my serve as he didnt have a break point and i had 2 break points, i used the 2nd...he controled it from the baseline, he didnt do many mistakes and i was dominant at the net...he had a few nice passing shots, but not enough to make a serious trouble
Sorry for some net cords, especially the one on the match point
1.set...we both held with ease until 4-3 where i had my first BP which he saved with a nice combination of a great serve and a FH winner...then we held easily again and headed into the breaker...there, the same story...neither of us was able to take a point on return and that led him to a set point at 6-5, then it led me to a set point at 7-6, and then again he had a set point at 8-7 which he used when i missed a volley of his nice return
2.set...very similar, but without break points, i managed to get to 30 few times, but i couldnt go further...he managed to do the same, but that was it, we headed into another TB...that time, i took control by racing to his drop shot and making a volley winner for a minibreak...then i held 2 serves for 3-0 and at 3-1 made another minibreak when he sent a shot wide...i used it with winning next 2 serve points...he saved 2 set points on his serve, but i hit an ace on my 3rd to send the match to a decider
3.set...he was even better in the last set when the return points are concerned, he threatened my serve with deuces in first 2 games, but i sneaked out of trouble...i had absolutely no chance on his serve, he was winning his serve games very comfortably...and then when i got to a 6-5 lead, i was sure we were going to play another TB, but surprisingly i was able to threat his serve...i got into some rallies, won one point at the net, he missed 2 balls and gifted me a match point at 30-40...i returned the serve, he hit the ball and then i hit one short backhand which touched the top of the net and went over, the ball wasnt so short but it was out of his reach and he was late on it so it won me the match, sorry for that
Very close match, i hope we will play some other time, it was enjoyable, i was lucky in crucial moments...GG and GL!