Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Re: RG R1: Arno out-experiences Filo 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(9), 6-4
I love Arno, AJ. I'm not *too* disappointed, because really, Arno needed this more than Pippo at this stage in his career. Pippo really blew his opportunities in this match. He was dominant on serve in the first set, lost serve at 4-3. Dominating set three, had leads in the tiebreaker, lost it. Broke back in the 4th set after Arno had opportunities to take a double break lead, got broken again. Tons of missed chances today from Pippo.
But I give a lot of credit to Arno. He played inspired, he played aggressively, and he played with authority and with great heart throughout. He really dug down deep to take this win and you could see at the end how much it meant to him. Now he has a good opportunity for an R3, which would be a great performance for him. This could be his last RG so it's good he can finish it off with some good memories.