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.