Coming into the tourney as the #2 seed I felt that playing
one less match would be a plus.Playing four matches in three
days can be tough for anybody.
My first opponent was a 25 year old guy named Shawn.I had
come out to the courts the day before an spied on him a little
and I thought I could get by him fairly easily if he were
to be my first opponent.Well I found out that the kid was
out partying hard on Thursday night so that is why his Friday
match made him look as like he wasn't very good.He actually
was better than I had thought taking me to a 4-4 in the first
before I closed him out 6-4.The second set proved to be a
little more difficult.We battled it out to a tie breaker and
the tie breaker was brutal 10-8 victory for the Buckster.That
first 2 set match took just over two hours which is kinda
long for two sets.
We had a hour and a half to kill before the second match
so I had a light lunch with my wife and her girlfrind.(Both
are knockouts)I changed all my clothes which really made me
feel fresh and ready going into the semi finals.
My opponent was another 25 year old named Jeff who had only
lost 1 game in his first two matches so I knew it was gonna
be tough going.In our warm up I noticed he had really powerful
pace so I was a little intimidated right out of the box.He
jumped on me quick in the first and before I knew it he was
up 1-5.I looked over at my wife and she gave me a little shoulder
shrug like What's up?At that point I told myself if I was
going to loose I was gonna go down swingin!I reeled off six
games in a row and beat him 7-5 in the first.It gave me a
huge amount of confidence and it really had him asking himself
what the heck just happened??
In the second set even though he was hitting allot of winners
he was double faulting his share and keeping me in the set.I
had him 5-4 in the second and could just not close him out
and he beat me 7-5.
In the third and final set we were both getting tired and
when the score was 4-3 my ad both of my calf's started to
cramp.I called for a injury time out and pulled the icey hot
out of my bag and gooped a handful on both calfs.Shortly after
my calf's were on fire and it revitalized me enough to go
the distance.At 5-4 his quads started to cramp up and he had
to take a time out because he was having trouble just walking!I
was thinking at that point DEFAULT! DEFAULT! But he sucked
it up and fought back to take it to a tie-breaker.he really
had his way with me in the tie-breaker and beat me 7-3.
I was a very tough match and still today Monday I'm feeling
the effects.And since I had tickets to the Chargers Jets game
Sunday it didn't bother me that I didn't make it to the final.Matter
a fact I betting that Jeff probably didn't win in the finals
because it took everything he had to beat me.
Well that's my story and I'm stickin to it,the end.