May 5, 2012
Celaya, Mexico - Closing Statements
I have good news and bad news for you guys. I am going to start off with the bad news because I need to get it off my chest. Plus I am a big fan of ending on a good note. So let's jump right into it shall we? I lost my singles today to Miquel Gallardo-Valles (MEX) 5-7 6-4 5-7. I got broken first game of the match after playing a pretty poor game. From there on I was putting way too much pressure on myself to get a break back. I was making some pretty bad shot selections and was just not being nearly patient enough. We got deep in the set and he was serving up 5-4 40-15 when I decided it was time to play. So I won four quick points in a row and got the break back I had been looking for. Unfortunately the next game was a disaster. I made zero first serves and missed a couple of early balls in the rally and got broken right back at 30. He played a pretty solid game at 6-5 to close out the set. The second set was more of what I was looking for. I was playing much better overall and was just more relaxed in general. I had break chances early in the set, but I did not panic. At 5-4 I played a really solid game and broke at love for the set. Going into the third I was feeling pretty confident. I played a really solid game to open up the set holding at love. It took a pretty rough turn after that though. I went down 5-2 double break in what seemed like no time at all. I wasn't finished just yet though. The next game I played really well and broke at love. The hold came with a little bit of a struggle, but I got through it either way. The 5-4 game was huge. I played some clutch ball and got a break point at 30-40. I have never been so relieved to see a double fault. It was the first real gift of the match. I thought to myself, "I have come this far. This must be meant to be." Not quite. I played a pretty rough service game to go down 30-40. I decided to throw him a gift-wrapped double fault in there as well just to be a nice guy. He played a pretty solid game to hold to win the match. Needless to say, I had plenty of opportunities. Just wasn't good enough when I needed to be.
It feels good to get that off my chest. Let's move on to the good news. Darian King and I won the finals of the doubles today 2-6 6-4 10-4. I was pretty sluggish in the first set due to the lengthy singles match and quick turn around. Darian played some good ball and I was lucky to get it going in time to pull out the win. Overall it was a pretty good week. I wish I could have gotten through the singles today obviously, but it happens. On to the next.
Tomorrow I am headed to Guadalajara, Mexico for the next tournament. It is roughly a four-hour bus ride away. Most of the guys left today so I will be riding solo on this journey. Guadalajara is a much bigger city (population of roughly 1.5 million) so there should be a lot more going on. Which means a lot more to report. Which also means more entertainment for you all. So be ready. I am going to keep the post today short but sweet. I will most likely be going to sleep at 8:00 tonight so I can get a good twelve hours in before I hit the bus station up. That is about all I have for you today. I will post again on Monday and let you know how awesome Guadalajara is. Don't miss out on it.
All the best,