For Jiri Vesely, 2020 started off in the best of ways. The now two-time ATP titlist lifted the Pune 250 trophy, achieving one of his goals for the fresh season. By beating Arjun Kadhe (6-2, 6-4), Salvatore Caruso (7-6(5), 6-4), Ilya Ivashka (2-6, 6-1, 7-6(11)), Ricardas Berankis (6-7(8), 7-6(3), 7-6(7)), and Egor Gerasimov (7-6(2), 5-7, 6-3) at the Tata Open Maharashtra, the Czech stormed back into the ATP top 100—where he had reached his best ranking in 2015 at the 35th place.
Currently World No. 72, Vesely had to play six tie breaks during the week to be crowned champion. “It’s been five tiebreaks in a row, which is pretty amazing,” he told TWUSA. “I mean, I had never, ever played five tie breaks in a row.
I made jokes with my wife that I was going to start [the final match] with a tie break again and I did, so [laughs]”. To what does he attribute this success? “All the matches throughout the week have been very close.
It's important to stay calm in important moments, try to believe in the important moments, that you have all the shots to make it. I think I had a lot of luck, I mean, saving six match points in two matches in a row, back-to-back, I think it’s something that happens once in a lifetime, maybe.
Of course, saving some match points is normal in sports. Sometimes you save them, sometimes you have your own match points and you lose the matches, but back-to-back, two matches in a row, especially in quarterfinals and semifinals, I think that’s really big.
I’m really happy with that week. I’d been waiting for that for so long, been working very hard to get a trophy again”.