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Good grass match between those players. After a bad streak of results, Gojowczyk found a good play this whole week in Halle. Today wasn't enough. I would say that Peter served and volleyed better than Alejandro. In addition, his shots were flatter and with more power. However, Falla was the more consistent player, and when he could find a good position to fight for the point he early found the way to defeat Gojowczyk from the baseline: Falla was attacking the backhand of Gojowczyk, who really struggled to hit it on the run. Gojowczyk was too static in that wing, and Falla wrong-footed him several times. In addition, Gojowczyk was way more prone to make unforceds than Falla, both in the backhand and forehand side. In the match, Falla and Gojowczyk started good and then Falla broke him but just before winning the set Gojowczyk broke him and took him to the tie break, where Falla played some good points from 4-4 to win it by 7-4. In the second set it looked like Falla had a letdown in terms of tennis quality and Gojowczyk took the chance to break his serve. In the next game, Gojowczyk saved several break points in a grass game of 9 minutes approximately (very long considering that it is played in grass that is very fast). From then Falla holded his serve safely and Peter was the one that was pushed more in his serves, maybe because Falla is the better returner and couldn't keep the ball deep enough without risking as much as Gojowczyk. Finally Falla broke back and was really close to win the match when Gojowczyk was serving at 5*-6, but he found the way to force the tie break. In then Gojowczyk missed some shots with the forehand and Falla made it to 3-0 which was a good distance. Since that scoreline both players played two great points: Gojowczyk took a mini break back with a great backhand down the line, then in the next point he dropshopped Falla but Alejandro got that ball and answered it with a deep nice cross court slice backhand. But after that Gojowczyk (who was close to get all the mini breaks back) started missing with his forehand again and Falla closed the match with ease. I have to say that Gojowczyk put too much forehands on the net. I have to say that Falla's forehand wasn't that flat, that powerful, but very nice and well placed and fast enough. It is efortless and effective.

Well done Alejandro, he is a underrated player on grass. His grass records are good. And as for Gojowczyk is concerned, he bring in some moments his good game of Doha 2014 but he lacks of consistency.
 

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Is there a more disappointing player on ATP than Peter Gojowczyk? This guy has elite strokes, a flashy game, he always troubles the top ranked players, but he just can't be consistent. :facepalm:

Good win for Falla though, probably the best South American on the grass these days. :yeah:
 

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Gokowczyk beat Raonic because he can be a good player but when given the opportunity to choke, he chokes.

Raonic wasn't getting balls back to encourage him into a choke, Falla was.

Falla just basically ground him down into mistakes, all he was essentially doing was keeping the ball relatively deep and waiting for errors.

Choke, choke, choke.

Just like Ram against Groth. Chokes galore.
 

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expected he would flop afterwards...
 
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