A magnificent match to end the session as the two players one year apart in age served up a slugfest worthy of their youth. In the end, it was 22-year-old Fan Zhendong, the higher ranked player who prevailed over Hugo Calderano, the 23-year-old who is South America’s finest. Credit to Calderano, he never gave up trying as he matched Fan smash for smash, with the Chinese player’s superior hand speed giving him the edge. Fan came from 8-10 behind to win Game 2 11-10, which gave him the boost he needed to power through to victory, bossing Calderano in the FAST5 game.
He’s a tough opponent but winning the first two sets helped set the platform for the victory
I think I played well but he’s one of the best players in the world and I couldn’t adapt to his fast game. I will keep on practising and hope to do better next time
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