Filip Peliwo’s Blog: A Busy Day in Merida
November 7, 2012 · Print This Article
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
It’s been a bit of a mixed bag today. In the morning, I won my opening singles match 7-6 7-5 against Charles Boyce of the USA. I started off the match strongly with an early service break, but made a few mistakes and went down set point at 4-5 30-40 before coming back with a big serve and taking the set in a tiebreak. In the second set, my game still wasn’t completely dialed in – I made some weird mistakes off of makeable shots, but played solid enough tactically to get a late break and wrap the match up in straight sets.
In the afternoon, I took to the court with my doubles partner Luis Patino (who you may have read about in a previous blog post) to play our first round match. That, unfortunately, did not go so well. We hadn’t played doubles together in a while and both of us usually favor playing on the Ad court. Obviously we couldn’t both play on the same side; that would make us look kind of stupid. So, right before the match, we decided that Luis will stick with the Ad court and that I would return from the Deuce court. The change threw me off quite a bit and, I must admit, I ended up playing a pretty bad match. Even though Luis played quite well and kept us in the game, our opponents ended up winning in straight sets, 3-6 4-6. Luis and I will be playing doubles together once again next week, and we’ve already decided that I’ll take the Ad court next time!
I mentioned last week that the weather was pretty hot in Cancun. Well, it’s even hotter here in Merida. The temperature was in the mid-thirties Celsius today, not taking into account the intense humidity of the Yucatan area. However, this is not the hottest conditions in which I’ve had to compete in. As a matter of fact, that record belongs neither to Mexico, nor to the city of Melbourne during the Australian Open, but to the town of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada! I once played a mid-summer tournament there where the match day temperature was a sizzling 45 degrees. That match went three sets and I ended up winning 7-6. Let’s say the cold post-game shower felt pretty good afterwards!
That’s about it for today; another day and another match tomorrow. Good night everyone!
(Transcribed by Jack Han)