Tuesday I woke up early with one goal in mind – get my first ATP point! After spending the weekend going through the qualifying rounds I knew it would be a shame and a bit heartbreaking to lose in my first round main draw match and get no compensation for my efforts. However, I knew I had to get those kinds of thoughts out of my mind!
My match was scheduled for 1:30pm, so I spent the morning watching some of the other matches. There were some real battles going on and I got a sense of just how high the level is in these tournaments. For the most part, everyone’s good and there aren’t many easy matches. I watched the number 1 seed play as he won 7-6 in the 3rd, so I knew it was going to be a tough day, one in which I might have to dig a little deep.
Thankfully, I was wrong. I came out totally in the zone. Serving huge and hitting big forehands, I barely put a foot wrong the first set. It was 6-1 to me in about 30 minutes. The conditions were hot and very humid, and fortunately lightning fast. At the start of the second set the balls had fluffed up a bit and my opponent played 3 great games to start the set. I hung in, kept proceedings on serve and knew that I just had to hold one more time and we would get new balls since new balls are given after 11 and 13 games. I played a good game and held for 2-2. From that moment on I didn’t look back. I resumed my dominance with big serving, penetrating forehands and a lot of serving and volleying. It was all over and I closed out the set 6-2 for my first ATP point.
After everything I’ve been through in the last three years it was an amazing feeling to get over such a big hump in my very first Futures tournament. Next up I play the number 4 seed, a strong player from England. I have nothing to lose so I’m just going to go out there and give it everything.
In doubles, we lost an absolute heartbreaker. We felt like we were on top for most of the match against the number 1 seeds. We won the first set 7-6 and then continued holding comfortably until 5-5 in the second. Unfortunately, we got broken out of nowhere, lost the set 7-5 and then went on to lose the deciding 10-point tiebreaker 10-6 after being up 5-4. We both felt like we played very well though and made a good team together. We definitely should have won but sometimes that’s the way it goes with this format. Hopefully we can play many more tournaments together. I think we can do very well with a little more practice. Anyway, I’m off to practice.
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