The Match of the Day

Not my Cape Coral consolation semi-finals; but it was the 65 singles finals between #1 seed Fred Drilling and #2 seed Don Long.

Fred won the first set 7-5. But Don came back to take the second set at 6-3 (two service breaks); and carried his momentum into the third set.

Don had a 3-1 lead, with Fred serving (and looking pretty tired). But Fred dug deep, made some great shots, and won the next four games. He served for the match at 5-3; but Don broke him. Anti-climactic, because Fred then broke back and won the title, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

I watched that match after playing my consolation semis in the morning mist and drizzle against a crafty California lefty, Bob Royden.

Bob had some great gets and effective slices, with drop shots (even off my first serves). We were at 4-4, with Bob serving, when we had to call the referee to rule on a close line call and then negotiate what the point score of that game would be.

She ended up ruling that we needed to restart the game. I concentrated and ended up breaking him at love that game; and stayed focused to hold serve to take the first set, 6-4.

In the second set, I was able to take control of the rallies more and won 6-2.

Tomorrow: Gary Tomlinson (another lefty!) outlasted Paul Veltman in the other semis, 7-6, 7-5. And since my opponent is staying in Naples, tournament director Jack Dunmead agreed to let the finals be played down here (and save the one hour drive each way).

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Pelican Bay North courts.

For the full draw and other results, click HERE.

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  1. Hi George,
    Congrats on your win and on the notes on the match between Fred and Don. Sounded like a great match! Don’s an old friend from Middletown, CT. He was a star basketball, tennis and squash player at Springfield (’65) and coached at Wesleyan (tennis and squash) for many years and was loved by his players. We miss him in CT. Phil

    Phil – ahhh, that’s where he gets that wristy stroke from! tks, george

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