Kalamazoo LIVE – Sasha Gozun wins Rd16 match in Boy’s 16’s in third set tiebreaker
Yesterday was another thrilling day at Kalamazoo for Sasha Gozun as he narrowly won his Rd 16 match in the Boy’s 16’s 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) to advance to the quarter finals today. This was a match where everything seemed to go wrong for Sasha and yet he still managed to find a way to win.
This was his first time on stadium court which brought out a few more nerves at the start of the match than normal. Combine that with Sasha was competing against an excellent opponent in Shawn Hadavi and things got tough straight away for Sasha as he went down a double break at the beginning of the opening set.
Sasha also went down a break 2-1 in the second set, but often falling behind like this can take the pressure off and free you up to play. Sasha’s normally aggressive game style was not to be and he had to grind for a lot more points from the back of the court and figure out a new way to win a match.
To his credit his body language stayed extremely strong and somehow he stole the second set 7-5 and raced to a 5-2 lead in the 3rd set until Shawn came storming back to level at 5-5 and soon after they were battling in a tie-breaker. Sasha went ahead to lead 6-1 and eventually won it 6-4 to advance to his first ever major quarter final on boy’s 16’s.
Please click on the following link to go to the members area of the Brain Game website to see Sasha’s interview with coach, Brandon Wagner, and myself.