Former player recalls how it felt to face teenagers Murray, Nadal


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Former player recalls how it felt to face teenagers Murray, Nadal

In an interview to Omnisports, the former tennis player Paul Baccanello recalled his win over a then very young Andy Murray in the Vancouver Challenger. At the time, Baccanello prevailed in three sets, 2-6 7-5 7-6. "Yeah, yeah.

When I played and won the match, I was like, 'That's a pretty good win, this guy is going to be a great player' You could tell at that stage", said Baccanello. "At the time, he was really up and coming, everyone was talking about this guy, Andy Murray from Britain.

Mark Petchey – he was coaching him at the time – I saw him later on, he said, 'That's going to be a scalp you'll be talking about for a long time' and here I am, 20 years later, talking to you about a match that I played against one of the greatest players to play the game so really lucky.

He was always going to be good." Baccanello also lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2003 Segovia Challenger in straight sets, 7-6 6-4. 'They just make balls that most guys don't. They read the play. And the big one was, for me, these guys actually thrived on pressure situations and that was something that I didn't do and I was an older player and didn't do it as well as these guys when they were 18, 19 years of age."

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