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post #13 of (permalink) Old Apr 21st, 2019, 09:13 PM
Veesus Christ
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Re: Gardenovic def Halep/Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4 FRA ROU 3-2 France In Finale

ALLEZ! Such a good effort for them to reach a final with this team in this form. Shows you how essential Garcia is. Nobody expected them to be finalists at the start of the year... They overcame home crowd nerves, an inexperienced first-time team captain, sloppy form in general on the tour, inter-team bullying of their top player, the boisterous Romanian fans, and Kiki's DFs to make it to the final again.

Speaking of the doubles, considering they haven't played a match together since early 2017 (and Caro has only played 2-3 doubles matches at all in that time), they were very good today. Found their rhythm in the second set, and held their nerve well in the 3rd when their backs were up against the wall.

The game at 4-4 was very good from them, they were rewarded for taking initiative (rushing across, wrongfooting Moni, aggressive on returns, etc.). And then Caro served it out with a few bombs to (almost ) make up for her sudden service failure in the singles. Bien joué!
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