“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” That quote from Charles Dickens’ classic novel sums up my singles match this morning. First, another math quiz… what would the scores be in a three set match with 19 games played?
Correct: It would have to be some combination of 6-1, 6-0, 6-0
My opponent was Mike Deluca, #9 seed from Portland (ME) a smallish runner with a topspin forehand and two-handed backhand. He served first, quickly winning four points on mostly backhand winners.
I reminded myself of Fred Drilling’s advice: he prefers hitting his backhand and it is his better stroke. So I hit to his forehand and he started making some mistakes. So I hit almost EVERY shot to his forehand and came to the net whenever I could to put more pressure on him… and ran off six consecutive games.
He must have then talked to himself and decided not to overhit his forehand; because in the second and third set he was a different player. He played under control and made almost all of his shots to run the table for a weird 1-6, 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Waiting around till after dark, Ted Underwood and I took the court for the doubles quarter finals vs. the team of Rich Nelson and John Wendell of Williamsburg, VA, who beat Rich Tarantino and Paul Veltman.
We were solid in the first set and took it 6-3. In the second set, they started lobbing more and we got a little shaky; but held on for a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Tomorrow we play the semi finals vs. #1 seeded Hank Irvine and Evert Jonsson at 4 p.m. (or after).
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