It was always going to be tall order for Mattias Falck against an in-form Xu Xin, not that the Swede isn’t himself in good form. But even Falck acknowledged after the match that the Chinese was simply superior on the day. Xu’s speed at the table gave Falck little time to shape his returns and the Swede was always playing catch-up. Game 3 gave Falck a little sliver of hope as he came from 8-10 down to steal back a game. But Xu would go on to seal victory and could even afford a delightful comment in the post-match interview when he claimed to be no match to either Fan Zhendong or Lin Gaoyuan whom he will meet next.
That third game, I wanted to hit a perfect shot to win but failed to execute it. As for my next opponent, be it Fan Zhendong or Lin Gaoyuan, I don’t think I can beat them.
I think I played quite ok but Xu Xin is in very good form and he showed that by winning a lot of tournaments recently, and he was too strong today. He’s really solid and I would need to play more aggressively if I want to beat him.
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