“I had huge crowd support and it was amazing” – Prajnesh Gunneswaran

Indian No.2 Prajnesh Gunneswaran spoke to ITD Volunteer after the finals against Fernando Verdasco to share his views on the match.

Prajnesh lost the finals with a scoreline of 64 36 67 at the ATP Challenger in Monterrey, Mexico.

Thoughts on the match

I had the momentum for maybe a set and a half. At around 3-3 in the 2nd set, I had a dip in intensity with few errors here and there which gave him the opportunity to leap ahead with 2 breaks in a row from 3-4 in the 2nd set to a break up in the 3rd set. 

I kept fighting from then on and found a way to get back right at the end of the 3rd set. Then at 6-5 0-30 up, I wish I had made that forehand on the run. I could have made that shot if I were a bit alert. Because if I had that point, with a 0-40 scoreline, it could have been a different scenario. 

Key moments in the match

1st game in the 3rd set and that 0-30 moment in set 3 at 6-5 up – both were key moments. I had a few break points in the 2nd set which I did not capitalise as well. 

I didn’t play close enough to the level that I should have on those points. 

Anything that you would have changed in how you approached this match?

Probably could have focused better but I also haven’t been playing this high calibre of tennis for a while and so probably it is asking a bit too much to get that intensity throughout right at the initial instance. 

Overall I think I played well enough considering the leadup and the preparation that I had. There are always going to be a couple of things to do better in every match but I think overall I am happy with my performance. 

On the huge crowd support in Mexico

I had huge crowd support and it was amazing. The crowd was behind me the whole time. After I won the first set, there was really a lot of support. Towards the end, the crowd almost pushed me through to win the match!

At 5-5, Fernando even got upset with the crowd because when I broke back, the entire stadium was going crazy. He lost a bit of composure and played a couple of loose points at 6-5 to hand a 0-30 lead but then he regained composure. He was able to maintain composure better than me after that. 

The stadium was packed and it was a really good experience to play in such a supportive crowd. 

Photos from the tourney

Indian based in the Alps region. Works for an IT firm during the weekdays und auch lernt Deutsch. On the weekends, he can be traced somewhere in the Mountains or on backpacker trips. Is a Social Worker / Activist with a deeper interest for Indian / Swiss tennis from the past year.

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