Mattias Falck credits marriage for his new-found confidence which has seen him rising to his career-high ranking in the world Top 10. Against Koki Niwa, whom he’s beaten in recent encounters, Falck showed plenty of endeavour as he towered over his opponent both in stature and in play. Despite falling behind in the first three games, Falck came back to win all three to seize a commanding 3-0 lead. Niwa edged a tight fourth game and took the first FAST5 game but was unable to prevent Falck from securing the second FAST5 game and a place in the final eight.
I tried to get back into the match after winning the third game but he just kept up the pressure and was the better player today. I need to keep working on improving my play.
I stalled a bit after the third game and the points were going by very fast, But I’ve been playing well lately and I could call on that for confidence, I feel I’m in good shape and maybe marriage has helped me. It will be tough against Xu Xin but I hope to be able to produce my best form against him.
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