The young Argentine player Juan Manuel Cerúndolo became the 2017 Yucatán Cup HSBC champion, defeating the event's favourite Chun Hsin Tseng, 6-4 6-3, after one hour and 40 minutes. The match was a very emotional one and it was played in front of a packed crowd at the Lorenzo Molina Casares stadium, as well as the prestigious Club Campestre de Mérida that has been hosting us year after year.
From the beginning of the match, the Sout American applied the game planned by the Argentine captain, the legendary Marcelo Gomez who raised up many big players in Tandil school, son of another tennis coach in Buenos Aires, "Toto" Cerúndolo.
The coach knew that the match would be very hard, but if played patiently and being determined, the lefty would have won it. Playing top spin balls, on Tseng's backhand side, the Buenos Aires native took the control over Taipei's native, who was constantly hitting powerful balls from the back of the court, like he has been doing for the whole week.
The key to the match, however, was obviously the best Asian player's shot, his forehand, as he was making a lot of unforced errors. Juan Manuel hit angles and an uncountable amount of drop shots which allowed him to win the first set and put the crowd by his side.
The second set was even more exciting, featuring a high tennis level. Tseng gave everything, taking risks and hitting the ball hard trying to take the lead over the Argentine player. However, Cerúndolo's patience wasn't affected by the Asian's ultra-aggressive game.
Tseng was broken at the beginning of the second set and Cerúndolo ended up winning five of the last six games and, after wasting two match points, ended up hitting a down the line backhand and then an impressive forehand, winning the match.
In front of his team, he lifted his arms and celebrated his most important junior career-title shyly, but having an enormous happiness. In the prize ceremony he thanked the event's organizers and ended up saying 'Viva México!", being loved by people who gave no time to breathe to the Champion.
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