David Nalbandian’s countryman, Juan Monaco, has defeated Tobias Kamke of Germany in the third round of the ongoing Power Horse Cup. Monaco won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-4.
Monaco who has been given the third seed in this tournament played aggressive tennis in both the sets and never let his opponent settle down.
This was the 4th match between these two players and Monaco has won all those matches.
This win took Monaco into the semi finals where he will face his countryman Guido Pella.
In the post match interview, Monaco said, “The conditions were not ideal for tennis. It was freezing out there. I am glad that things went my way and I am in the final 4 now. I have to face a tough opponent tomorrow and I am quite prepared for it.”
In the first set, both the players held their serve in the first 4 games and the scores were equalized at 2-2 when the 4th game got over. Monaco got a breakthrough in the 5th game and he consolidated that with a serve hold in the next game to get ahead by 4-2.
The next couple of games went with the serve and the score was 5-3 in Monaco’s favour when the 9th game began. The Argentinean player needed a breakthrough to finish off the set in the 9th game and he got that. With some tremendous return shots, he broke Kamke’s serve for the second time in the set and sealed the opener by 6-3.
In the second set, Monaco didn’t start that well. He dropped his serve in the 1st game to get trailed by 0-1. However, he lifted his game after that and won 5 out of the next 6 games with the help of two consecutive breakthroughs to make the score 5-2 in his favour.
Kamke managed to sneak in a breakthrough in the 9th game to bring down the lead to 5-4, but, his serve was broken yet again in the 10th game and that secured Monaco’s win.