Tennis - 35 year old American veteran Michael Russell has won the ATP Challenger title in Charlottesville this weekend, making an incredible comeback in the final set against Canadian Peter Polansky.
Russell was down 0-5 in the final set but fought back to take it into a tie breaker. Once there, Polansky once again built a big lead - 5-2 in the tie breaker. But Russell fought back again to win the last five points in a row and complete an incredible win.
The win will also see climb into the top 80 in the rankings and he will now become the third highest ranked American in the world.
In the doubles final, Steve Johnson and Tim Symczek defeated Donald Young and Jarmere Jenkins 6-4, 6-3 to win the title.
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.