Originally Posted by Mountaindewslave
as usual, a waste of space post from you. apparently everyone is a clown to you unless that are on TV every other day and apparently you haven't played the sport much if you don't recognize that such a young player's first final might be intimidating enough to enable them to play poorly.
I hope you are being sarcastic because otherwise it means that you have no insight or understandings of how tough it can be for young talent to get the confidence needed to close tournaments out
You're absolutely right, despite that in this case it wasn't a matter of mental toughness.
Berankis is still far from a top 50 level and Sam would have taken this final with Rycka mentaly there or not.
The youngster had this bad injury and lost a lot of what he had before, but he's obviously on the right path and that's great.
I watched him in Sofia couple months ago in Davis Cup, the singles match that he won against Greece and tbh it was far from impressive, but you can see he has the potential (btw the Greek guy looked with some potential as well, i don't know who he is, but if he's in his early 20s he could be in the challengers loop, top 200 f.e.).
Anyways, congrats to Rycka for his first ATP final, hopefully not the last and congrats Sam for a more than deserved tittle.