Gabashvili overcomes sprained ankle and confirms favoritism
Current 84th in the world, Russian faced no break points against Adrian Ungur, but does not know if you will be able to remain in contention in the ATP Challenger Tour Finals
São Paulo, November 13, 2013 - The Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, seeded as No.1 at ATP Challenger Tour Finals, confirmed favoritism debut and applied 6/2 and 6/3 on the Romanian Adrian Ungur on Wednesday. Despite the victory, the world number 84 suffered a sprained ankle and did not know if will be able to continue the race in Green Group of the tournament. "Unfortunately I sprained my ankle and I'm feeling a lot of pain. I do not know if I can recover myself until tomorrow, but thank God I managed to finish the game (today), "said Gabashvili. The match started with games fast and the Russian got the better of the exchanges ball, quickly opening 4/0. Without having the games service threatened Gabashvili administered the advantage and made 6/2 initial set. During the second set, Ungur needed to save two break points in the first game and went to seek the definition of the points in the network. In the fifth game, but the service was broken after the last crusade. then came the biggest scare for Gabashvili in the game. Returning serve in the seventh game, the Russian received a volley on the back foot and fell to the back of the court after suffering a sprained right ankle. He received immediate medical attention and even with pain returned to the game. Ungur, current vice-champion of the tournament, began abusing deixadinhas taking the smallest movement of the opponent. Still, Gabashvili continued leading to the best exchanges of the ball and got another break to score 6/3. "First game in a tournament is always difficult. Because of the wind, tried to put more effective on the first serve not to risk too much. I think the key today was my game from the baseline and I entered concentrate from the first game, Gabashvili said.