I started to pay much attention to Aljaz. He impressed me a lot by his progress in Chennai open 2013. He lost Tipsy but he performed so well in that match. It is an extremely good start of the year. Hopefully he will keep improving next tours.
I was at his match today. It was still pretty hot by the time they took to the court after the WTA comedy prelude. The first set was dominated by Anderson's serve and forehand. Aljaz wasn't getting much of a look on Anderson's serve and his returns weren't returned with too much pace or depth so Anderson had quite a few easy putaways and was able to run around onto his forehand quite often to finish the point off. Anderson was simply too good.
In the second set I think Aljaz started to get more of a read on Anderson's serve and was able to direct more traffic to Anderson's backhand side. He was starting to look real good. His serve wasn't in too much danger and he started to dictate the rallies putting some real depth and angle on his shots. He was also mixing it up a bit with the slice with some success. Anderson wasn't too happy when he went down the break but he managed to steady the ship in the third.
At the start of the third I was confident Aljaz was going to win it. They traded serves until Aljaz's double faultathon. The second serve which he missed to give Anderson the decisive break missed by a long way. I think every point Anderson won in that game to break was off a Aljaz double fault. In the final game Aljaz had a few questionable calls go against him. At 30-0 he had one where Anderson hit a questionable winner but I was on the other side of the court. Aljaz wasn't too impressed with the match point either and he seemed to half heartedly play it expecting it to be called out but personally I thought it had skid off the line.
In regards to the AO Aljaz seemed to be in good condition at the end of the match although there were not too many long rallies but it was hot. He also played 4 or 5 drop shots which were just awful and got the treatment they deserved from Anderson. Overall though he played a solid match.
Defeating no.5 seed Horacio Zeballos in the first round of Copa Claro 2013 in 3 sets. That's definitely a great win against the one who just beat Nadal in previous weeks. Now waiting for the next rival
Lost 6-2 4-6 6-7
That's definitely a regretful loss when Aljaz won the 1st set and had a early break in 2nd set. but he didn't take advantage to win.
Anyways happy as he is progressing day by day. Good luck in IW