Mate has been making his way up the rankings nicely. He reached a CH ranking of 773 last week.
This week he's into the QF at Heraklion Challenger. In R1 he crushed the #4 seed Bloemke (#486, CH #302) 62 62. He was less impressive in R2 (needed three close sets to beat #1007 Kosler) but managed to win.
Also, he's at his CH doubles ranking of 211. Not bad for an 18 year old!
Its a futures unfortunately, but still good nevertheless.
I was very impress with Mate. He's a great serve and volley player but unfortunately courts are too slow this days for that type of the game. I loved his serve the most. Not as fast but great placement with a nice kick. He needs to move better and gain few pounds. Under right coach, he should be in top 100 within two years.
its depressing. He plays a style of play that almost no one does anymore and i dont know of to many youngsters that can serve and volley well. The slowing down of the courts is killing off his style of game
its refreshing watching him because he's not just someone who wants to pound the ball harder