Diego and Horacio…
Horacio and his coach
Horacio and Diego, with too much strawberries! =)
It wasn’t a very spectacular match. Teixeira tried to give his best, but at the moment his best is far away from a decent challenger level. Zeballos didn’t really fight. He just raised his level when he had to and saved some energy. Pete Sampras style I would say. At the Frenchman’s serve Zeballos wasn’t even running. Hitting a winner or leave it. During the first set Teixeira was fighting like a lion but couldn’t get on to it. At 1:0 (Teixeira) the young Frenchman called a trainer. He had problems with his right hip. I thought it would be some French trick to confuse the opponent, because before he was running like Speedy Gonzales. Anyways it worked because Zeballos with his head already by his Argentinin maté tea. Break 2:0 for Teixeira. But as I have described it before, Zeballos raised his level a bit, did the break right after and won later easily.
During the last weeks the formof Millot went up and up. Today he played some great tennis and if he wasn’t a mental midget he could have won that match.
The match itself was one of the best matches so far. Very even, nice rallies and variety of shot selection. It was fun to watch both players. Millot very aggressive and Zeballos with some nice touched drop shots. There were break points for Zeballos at 4:4 and break points for Millot at 5:4. Both didn’t convert. But Millot seemed to suffer more mentally and lost the first set in stupid style (UE and DF).
The second set was all Millot’s. He owned Zeballos and was leading 4:1 15:40 (2 break points). He didn’t convert those, because he hit into the net without pressure. He got mad with himself and got broken himself right after. Now it seemed Millot didn’t want to play anymore. He was like a child who thought it would be unfair that he had so many chances and everything under control, but then was going to lose. At 4:4 he didn’t care anymore when he made double faults.
His traditional stance of annoyance
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