acapulco03calleri_zabaleta

Points won by each set: [ 38-28, 21-29, 41-38 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
19 % Calleri – 20 of 105
22 % Zabaleta – 20 of 90

One year after unbelievable choke in the Buenos Aires final, Calleri [61] showed signs of a potential choke again, but somehow survived tense atmosphere of the night session final against his good friend Zabaleta [44]. Calleri trailed *0:2 (deuce) in the 3rd set before grabbed five consecutive games; all games he won in the final set were actually balanced, ten ‘deuces’ required in total, and Calleri withstood break points in his three straight service games – the last game of the match was the longest, he needed unsuccessful dive & four match points in total. “It’s a wonderful sensation, I went through a lot of anxiety in the last game,” said the 27-year-old Calleri, who was struggling with his emotions playing awkward drop-shots a few times.

Calleri’ route to his maiden title (52nd main-level event):
1 Miguel Gallardo 6-1, 6-3
2 Gaston Gaudio 7-6(5), 7-6(5)
Q Marcelo Rios 6-3, 7-5
S Felix Mantilla 6-2, 6-2
W Mariano Zabaleta 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

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