Horacio Zeballos (ARG) def. Maxime Teixeira (FRA) 6:3 6:4
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.
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) def. Vincent Millot (FRA) 7:5 6:4
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.
The Italian-Argentine pairing won 82 per cent of points on first serve and broke serve twice from five opportunities to claim victory in 90 minutes. They received 250 ATP World Tour ranking points and €22,000 in prize money.
The 25-year-old Bolelli, who reached his first ATP World Tour singles final in Munich (l. to F. Gonzalez) three years ago, was contesting his first career doubles final. Meanwhile the 26-year-old Zeballos captured his second title from three finals.
"I felt great this week with my shots, everything was good," said Bolelli. "I played a very good week in doubles with Horacio. It was the first time for us so it’s a very good thing. I think it’s also going to give me confidence for the singles. It’s my first title, I’m very happy."
Zeballos added, “It feels so good, especially because I’ve never played with Simone Bolelli. We are really happy and maybe we can play another tournament together.”
The European start is a good one. On Sunday Simone and Horacio won their double match in 2 sets, and on Monday, Horacio won his match over Kendrick, with 64 64. He played so well! He lost only 8 points on his own service. His first serve was also really high. Today he has to play his second round in doubles, vs Wassen & Gabashvili. On Thursday he will play his secound round in singles, against Marin Cilic who won over Bolelli, Horacio’s double partner. Lets hope Horacio can do what Simone couldnt ;) If he plays like yesterday, anything is possible!!
After spending the whole first part of the year playing challengers and ATP tournaments in (South) America, its now time for Horacio to come to Europe again. Last 2 weeks he was at home, practicing a lot (with Juan Martin Del Potro) and make sure he is ready for the European clay season.
His scedule (I know) this far is: Week 17: Munich, Germany (ATP 250) Week 18: Prague, Czech (Challenger) Week 19: Bordeaux, France (Challenger) Week 20: Paris, France (Qualification Roland Garros)
Lets hope he can do some nice things in Europe =) Vamos Horacio!!
John Isner defeats Horacio Zeballos; moves into the quarterfinals of US Men’s Clay Court Championships
American John Isner, 29th in the world, defeated Horacio Zeballos of Argentina in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 in the second round of US Men’s Clay Court Championships at River Oaks Country Club, Houston. It took one hour and ten minutes for the American to ensure his spot at the quarterfinals.
The American has been featured in fourteen main draw ATP Tour matches this year, standing at a level 7-7 mark. He took off the year by putting in his appearance at the Heineken Open, New Zealand where he reached the quarterfinals winning against Robin Haase of Netherlands before losing to eventual runner-up David Nalbandian of Argentina in straight sets. In his latest appearance at the Miami Masters he ousted Alex Bogomolov Jr. to get into the fourth round of 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, where he eventually lost to Kevin Anderson.
On the other hand, Horacio Zeballos ranked 94 in the world, featured in six ATP Tour matches, only half of which he has won so far. He lost to Daniel Munoz-De La Nava of Spain in the first qualifying round at Sony Ericsson Open, Miami, U.S.A. He did not make it past the quarterfinals at the Movistar Open losing to Potito Starace of Italy in straight sets.
The pair’s last meeting came one year back at the 2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome, Italy where Isner ousted Zeballos in three sets 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 securing a 1-0 lead in their head-to-head official career.
Playing their second match on courts, Isner kicked off the match in a very aggressive manner, landing with 10 aces and 58 percent of his first serves. The 25-year-old Isner managed to convert 76 percent of his correct first serves into points. His opponent converted a meagre 59 percent on his 52 percent first serves and the huge disparity between the points turned out to be critical in concluding the outcomes of the first set. Banking on his first serves points only, American clinched the set with a 7-5 score line.
In the final set, American kept his winning ways and won 100 percent points on his 75 percent first serves. Moreover he created 2 opportunities to break and converted all of them and won 100 percent of service points in total. Argentine on the other hand seemed a bit tame as he could not manage to win the way he hoped. He didn’t convert any breakpoint opportunity and lost the set with 6-3 score line.
Horacio Zeballos beats Ryan Harrison in the first round at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships
Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos had an easy victory over the world number 130 Ryan Harrison of America in the first round of the 2011 U.S Men’s Clay Court Championships at River Oaks Country Club on Tuesday. Ranked 94th in the world, Zeballos took down his contender in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, taking just one hour and thirty six minutes of play to ensure his presence in the next round of the tournament.
The 25-year-old Zeballos presented brilliant tennis skills to expel the American player from the tournament. Even though Harrison’s serve percentage was not too different than his opponent’s, still Zeballos’s points winning efficiency turned out to be the basic reason of his success in the contest. The Argentine player won 60 per cent service points in total while his opponent hanged back with a mere 54 per cent.
Harrison had an irresponsible opening to first set as he couldn’t find the momentum he needed to cope with Zeballos. He had static movements and his strokes were not finding their marks. More experienced Zeballos was really giving a hard time to his opponent making him run every corner. Zeballos looked more physically and mentally nimble than Harrison and the difference of 4 years of tennis experience was very prominent.
Zeballos had already expected resistance from the two-handed backhand American player. He had assessed his opponent’s strengths and weakness before entering the field making it easier for the Argentine to confront his opponent. Zeballos hit 2 aces, 75 percent first serves and won amazing 75 percent gain on them. Harrison on the other hand, started the set very sluggishly as he struck a single ace, double faulted once and won 50 percent of points on his 47 percent first serves. Harrison’s worse performance led him down in the opening set while his Argentine opponent bagged 80 percent of break point opportunities to lead the first set with a 6-4 score line.
Concluding the first set with win, Zeballos looked very determined and focused in the second set, though he faced resistance from his lower ranked opponent. This time Harrison had a lot to offer, he fired in 4 aces and 46 percent of first serves and gained 65 percent of points on them. In addition to this, he also bagged 50 percent of break points. The American was totally in form before the Argentine delivered last blow to his American opponent. Zeballos gained 70 percent service points in total and 46 percent in return to lead the second set with a 6-3 score line.
Zeballos will face America’s John Isner who is a fourth seed at the tournament. This will be the second meeting between these two, given their first at the 2010 Rome Masters where Isner took the lead over Argentine in straight sets.
Meeting of the 1st round of the ATP Houston where the young North American current ATP ranking of 130 of Ryan Harrison confronts the current Argentine Horacio Zeballos 88 th overall.
Harrison, 18 years young tennis player who seeks this year to reach the top 100 and is a very talented young man. It is a player who has hard floors in his preferred surface and only played two games on the ATP circuit in dirt with a win and a loss in this same tournament in Houston in 2008. After an excellent campaign in Indian Wells where he reached the 4th round the young North American was defeated in the first round of Miami in straight sets by Germany’s Rainer Schuettler veteraníssimo.
Zeballos, Argentine 25 years, is a player that is very respectful to dirt on the surface of choice this season has only acted in this area and who has reached the final in Challenger of Salinas and the semi finals of the Challenger in Santiago and the Challenger in Barranquilla. He is a player who is so very routine in dirt and has a varied style of play that makes it always unpredictable
Conclusion: I hope on a game whith Zeballos as winner, because it is a more experienced player than the young Harrison and with higher quality and running on this surface, which is the only point in favor of the North American public support is however not believe that is sufficient and as such Zeballos will win in my opinion.
Hola gente, como va!, nueva semana nuevo torneo! Muchas pilas de nuevo!. Me estoy quedando en la misma casa de familia que el ano pasado. son muy buena onda!, que familia increible! lindo torneo!!! me voy a entrenar a la arcilla verde de ee uu
Hi folks, as it goes!, new week new tournament! Many batteries again!. I’m running into the same family home last year. Are really cool!, whose family amazing! nice tournament! I’m going to train the U.S. green clay
Horacio had a good week in Barranquilla last week. He won 3 matches, 2 very tough ones. But his fighters mentality brought him the victories. He loss in the semi final to his friend Diego Junqueira. Again a very tough match. He was down 04 in the first set, came back to a tiebreak but lost that one with 57. Second set was exciting. Last couple of games were break after break, and Horacio couldnt serve it out, but he got the tiebreak with 75. After that, there where again 3 breaks in a row. But then Diego could hold his serve, and the match was over. Diego won with 67 76 16.
His own words were that he played some great tennis this week, so well done Horacio! Keep playing like this =)
“Muy contento por el triunfo de hoy!, el gordo gran jugador asi es doble el festejo, vamos que con entrega y sacrificio todo sale, me voy a cenar que estoy rotex ja, buen descanso y a estar pilas para manana dia concluido”—@HoracioZeballos on twitter
Schwank will meet his other compatriot, second seed Horacio Zeballos, in the round of eight on Friday night. Zeballos was victorious against the local boy, Carlos Salamanca, defeating him 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, in a two hour nine minutes thriller.
World Number 88, Zeballos, took hold of the opening set, using his powerful serve to perfection and striking two serve breaks. Two consecutive double faults from Salamanca in the ninth game gifted the first set to the Argentine at 6-3.
The Colombian turned the game around in the next set with some elegant cross-court strokes, breaking the opponent’s serve twice. Four double faults were conceded by the Argentine, wore him out, submitting the second set to his opponent at 3-6.
A nail biting third set was witnessed by the crowd at Barranquilla, as both men strained extremely hard to remain in the competition. No serve breaks from the two competitors took the third set into a decisive tie breaker. Zeballos was outstanding in the decider and to the dismay of the local crowd, blew away Salamanca to win the matchup at 7-6.
Do you know if Horacio is playing ATP Serbia Open this year? He is not at player's list, will he play qualies?
Thats a very good question. I think he will be there, cause he is the second alternate. And there are 2 SE places, so if those places go to the alternates, he is in. If not, I think he will play qualies, cause he isnt sceduled on an other tournament, the week before. But Im not sure tho! As soon as I know what his scedule is, you will find it here =)