Meligeni finally wins on grass!
London (ENG) - The practice time with Vilas worked out! Number 1 in the world Fernando Meligeni finally won a match in the grass season, after 3 frustrating attempts.
In a weird game against Mischa Zverev, the Brasil heroe did a miracle to reach quarter-finals: He was down 6-3 1-6 2-6 and 3-5 in the fourth set, with Zverev serving. Suddenly, Meligeni played extremely well and broke back to love. Then he started playing the way he hadn't done before in the grass season: won the set in the tiebreak and easily won the deciding one, 6-2
"Wow, what a match! I have to confess, i didn't think i could win this one. When he was serving 5-3 to close the match i was really disapointed. For me, it was a luck shot. I did a great return winner and he made a double fault. So I started to believe in it and things worked out. I'm so glad, first thing i did was to hug my coach Ricardo Acioly, and then i looked at Vilas in the crowd, we smiled instantly at the same time. Let's see if i can beat Feña now, but seeing the result of his match i don't think it will happen. But let's try!", said Fininho, who faces Fernando Gonzalez now. In their only meeting, Meligeni won, curiosuly in a Grand Slam. It was in the Round of 16 of Australian Open. Meligeni closed that match in 5 sets, 3-6 6-4 6-4 3-6 7-5.