R3: lopsa def. J. Crété 6/3 6/7(4) 7/6(5)
Well, this was one of the most enjoyable and also one of the "scariest" matches so far.. It was very close and we both served for the match, I did in the second set and he in the third..
1st set started very sloppy for me, it was the first match in a few days and I was a bit off. He had atleast four break points in the first set, and I was quite lucky in some of them and I managed to hold my serves. Then I managed to break him with some pretty deep returns and then I served the set out.
The second started again badly for me, he managed to break me early. Then I broke back and we held serves until 5-5 on his serve where I hit again some very deep returns to break him. In the next game I won the first three points pretty easily, but then something I've never experienced before happened. He played 4 unbelieveable points in row, I just couldn't finish the points because he was all over the court. He broke me, which made me so stunned I lost the TB and the first few games of the third set.
3rd set as I said was again bad for me at first, as he broke me to lead 2-0. Then we held serves, and at 3-2 him serving I managed to break him. Then we held our serves until 5-5 on my serve when he hit some great returns to break me. Fortunately I was able to do the same in the next game and I broke him. In the TB he wasn't at his best and he hit some unfortunate ue's, whereas I was able to play a bit better and then I won. The victory wasn't easy in the TB either because he managed to break me when I was serving at 6-2 I think, and then he held his serves. Then I finally managed to hit a DTL winner to end the match.
It was very exciting and enjoyable, and he played very well especially when he was on the verge of loosing which I give him lots of respect for, many players just quit trying at that point. I hope to play him soon again, good luck in the World Tour Finals!
Last edited by lopsa on 02 Nov 2012, 23:49, edited 1 time in total.
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Unactive since Australian Open 2013
Singles ranking (highest): 9 (9)
Grand Slam: F (Australian Open 2013)
Masters: W (Paris 2012)
ATP 500: SF (Beijing 2012, Valencia 2012)
ATP 250: W (Doha 2013)