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Delray Beach (Florida), USA (cont’d)

THIS IS OUR BOY !!!!

[Q]E.KOROLEV (RUS) def G.GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP) 6/2 6/2

That was clean, that was solid, that was the Evgeny we enjoy watching !

He broke right in the beginning of the match, was leading 2/0 before struggling a little, GGL came back 2/2… then it went really fast, Zhenya hit a lot of winners, and most importantly kept focus untill the end.  He is now in the semifinals, where he will be opposed to C.ROCHUS (BEL).

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And Zhenya reaches is first ATP final !!

He defeated C.ROCHUS (BEL) 6/1 7/5.

The first set went pretty fast, Evgeny completely overpowered Rochus, he scored a big number of beautiful winners. Then in the second set it seemed he was taking the same road, untill Rochus came back from 0/30 to finally win his game saving a few break points. They were then at 3/2 when the exact same thing happened and Zhenya couldn’t make two winners in a row, he just couldn’t keep the ball inside the court anymore, and Rochus held on 3/3. Evgeny then scored a love game to lead 5/3, but didn’t seem to be trying to end it on Rochus’s serve. He got caught up, when at 5/4 Rochus broke him to come back 5/5. But Zhenya finally put his head together, got his concentration back, broke and then ended the match 7/5.

He will play tomorrow against [1]M.FISH (USA).

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[1]M.FISH (USA) def [Q]E.KOROLEV (RUS) 7/5 6/3

After strongly leading Fish in the first set, Zhenya started to struggle as he was just a game away from winning the first set, a few unforced errors, and he slowly lost confidence… and then the set. In the second he took too long to get back to the level he showed in the beginning of the match, and Fish was leading him by a break… although he managed to brillantly save 4 match points, it was too late and Fish ended it on the fifth one.

It’s kinda sad that Zhenya lost in this final because he showed he had the level of tennis to win the title, and probably many others. But overall it’s been a good week, and a good tournament, we’ve seen great things from him that were lost for a long time because of the many surgeries and how it stopped his progression throughout the past year and a half. Therefore he can be proud of what he accomplished in Delray Beach, and we’re sure he’ll do even better in the near future !

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March 1, 2009 Posted by | Hard Court Season | Leave a comment