This year’s men’s singles tournament featured eight strong contenders in a three-week round robin melee. At the end, we came away with four worthy players in the semi-finals: Massoud Djabbari versus Brandon Boyce & Terry Treacy versus Ryan Sokolowski. Massoud and Brandon battled it out on Friday afternoon with Brandon coming out swinging to take the first set. After that, Massoud settled into his attacking game with great approach shots and solid volleys to seize the second and third sets for the victory 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Ryan and Terry waited until Saturday morning to play therefore played a single pro-set to eight games to see who would face Massoud in the finals later that day. Ryan came out strong, winning the first game by breaking Terry’s serve. After that, although many points were grueling, Terry established a rhythm of heavy topspin and kick serves to win the next seven games for a 7-1 lead. At that point, Ryan loosened up and won the next two games with some big forehands and good first serves. In the final game of the match, Terry served well, drawing three return errors to set up match points at 40-0. After squandering the first two, Terry drew the error for the 8-3 victory and a place in the finals.
Massoud Djabbari & Terry Treacy
The final felt intense right from the start with Terry exhibiting his patented Lleyton Hewitt “c’mon” after winning game points. Massoud kept a calm demeanor but looked determined to make Terry pay for any short balls by driving his forehand and coming in. Terry edged out a hold to start the match the proceeded to break Massoud for a 2-0 lead. From that point on, they had long games with both players struggling on service placement. Four consecutive breaks of serve later, the score was 4-2. Then, just when it looked like another break was coming as Terry tried to deal with the overhead sun on the north side of court one, he figured out a good toss position and held serve to go up 5-2. Massoud followed suit, holding serve for 5-3 and putting the pressure on Terry to serve out the first set. Terry got three out of five first serves in, resulting in a hold to fifteen to take the opening set 6-3.
In the second set, Massoud had the privilege of serving first, however, after a close game with some good aggressive play, Massoud missed a forehand long to give the early break to Terry. Terry followed with an easy hold and again had a strong start to the second set with a 2-love lead. Massoud held serve in the next game, putting pressure on Terry. The following game (fourth of the second set) was the longest of the match. Massoud had three break chances, but each time Terry came up with a solid serve and forced the error off the return. Finally, Terry held with a heavy forehand into the open court that Massoud caught late and floated wide. With the momentum provided by winning a tight game, Terry proceeded to run out the remaining games with two breaks and a hold for the victory 6-3, 6-1. Congrats to both guys for a well-played match and a good tournament.
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