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Michel Koning def. Thiemo de Bakker 6/4, 7/6 to win the REAAL Tennis Masters

Yves.
12-14-2008, 05:24 PM
Koning defeated Huta Galung in the semis.

Dutch article about the finals (also the women's final):
http://www.nos.nl/nosstudiosport/artikelen/2008/12/14/14121600ruswintnationalemasters.html

TankingTheSet
12-14-2008, 05:39 PM
I think this should be counted as an exhibition = not real tennis.

But still nice to see Koning win it, if you look at his results/schedule he seems to be a hard worker.

CooCooCachoo
12-14-2008, 08:53 PM
I think this should be counted as an exhibition = not real tennis.

But still nice to see Koning win it, if you look at his results/schedule he seems to be a hard worker.

You can be sure that the Dutch Championships are taken a lot more seriously than any other exhibition match. Of course they don't count towards ranking points, but this is not just some fun end-of-season event. Players practise hard and want to win.

Koning's win here is not all that surprising, seeing as he had a good season, and the surface suits him the most of all players (De Bakker, Middelkoop play better on clay; Huta Galung on slower indoor surfaces). He also played a fair number of tie-breaks, which was to be expected.