A remarkable end to the preliminary round as the final match went to the very last possible point. Ovtcharov was on top from the start and would be kicking himself for squandering a 9-5 lead in the first game to lose 11-10. Mizutani would be relieved to have taken Game Four 11-9, after nearly frittering away a 10-4 lead. The deciding FAST5 game was fought point-for-point with Mizutani sealing victory after Ovtcharov ballooned his return.
I dominated the first three sets and should have taken the first one and things would be different. I think I did a good match but it was an unfortunate result, so right now I’m quite down.
We know each other all too well and Dima was his usual aggressive self. My serve worked well today, but I still needed to fight point for point. Over the past six months, he’s been beating me often so for a while there I was worried that would continue.
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