About Florent's last adventures.
- about the WC
''I haven't played good in a month, so instead of sitting 10 days waiting for NASDAQ, I can play matches at this Challenger and gain confidence,'' Serra said. "It is the perfect situation.''
- story of the last match
It was another picture-perfect afternoon at Sunrise Tennis Club – but top seed Florent Serra wasn’t enjoying the scenery in his match against Jiri Vanek. The first set went to Serra 6-3; then Vanek turned the favor, winning the second 6-3. In the third – things got interesting.
Vanek broke Serra to go up 3-2; then consolidated the break. After a couple of holds, Serra serving at advantage – he played a beautiful drop shot and Vanek’s lob fell long. At 5-4 on Vanek’s serve, Serra had two game points; but the game went to deuce twice. On Serra’s ad, Vanek approached the net and Serra ripped a clean backhand winner, tieing up the match at 5-5.
“After I broke him finally in the third set, I was 5-3 leading and then I started to be a little nervous,” Vanek said. “That was the point where he started to
play good again. And he broke me back, then it was five-all, and it was a fight again.”
Serra held at 5-all, then Vanek held at love to get to the tie break. “He was a little bit up after he broke me back – he was leading 6-5, and he was battling like he was in the match again. I said like I have to keep my serve going into the tie break – tie breaks are always about luck a little bit. I make two or three good serves in the tie break and that helped me a lot.”
On Vanek’s second match point, Serra lost footing lunging for a volley and Vanek won the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).
Head-to-head, Serra has won two of three times they’ve played – and Serra is currently about 53 ranking positions higher than Vanek – but Vanek says “Now, the tennis it’s like, everybody can beat everybody – it’s no different if I beat first seed or eighth seed, because it’s a good draw here, you have good guys here. So you have to go step by step to the next match.”
He was quite close to get back his confidence. But lost again. *sigh* Good luck, don't give up Flo!