French favorites justified their rankings
All adversaries, Italy, Croatia, Romania in semis, quarters and in Round of 16, and previously Sweden, Russia, Serbia, Lithuania in Group A, all suffered by the mighty French team in straight matches.
Against Germany in the final Simon GAUZY opened the match against Frederik JOST. JOST struggled from the beginning, but managed to put some pressure on French player in the second game. However it was momentarily since in the next one, GAUZY was once again at the top of the game. JOST came close in the fourth game, but not enough to score against Simon.
Reigning junior champion Tristan FLORE faced new leader of the German team Benedikt DUDA. However he failed to threaten FLORE. Only first game was close. In the last match Antoine HACHARD overcame Marc RODE.
In semis France faced brave effort from Italian players, but it was not sufficient to halt their progress to the ultimate stage. “Alessandro BACIOCCHI surprised a little Tristan FLORE. He had good return of the serve and on the other hand Tristan had few ups and downs. Generally he had to serve better. They played four games, with 14:12 in the last set” explained coach Jacques MOMMESSIN.” Leonardo MUTTI is always dangerous, but Simon GAUZY kept his focus, tacitly played good and produced good answer to all MUTTI’s attacks. In the last duel Damiano SERETTI had very poor start, and he could not recover latter against Antoine HACHARD.”
Germany also needed only three matches to book their place in the final. “We knew, it will be crucial to overcame Jakub DYJAS in the opening match. He is the top gun of Polish team and when he lost it opened door for our progress. That meant more pressure on their team,” explained coach Georg IMHOF.
Frederick JOST succeeded in full distance match to give Germany important lead. “Second match was mentally difficult. Benedikt DUDA also played full five games against Konrad KULPA,” stated IMHOF.” And at the end I am so pleased with the performance of Marc RODE. He was so calm and focused. His game against Adrian WIECEK, despite the fact it was his first semi final, was very good. Like in the match against Belgium, he emerged as a big winner, the player who is capable of finishing the matches.”
IMHOF admitted he spend whole night studying the game of Polish team. “We played against Poland recently, but I have not information about WIECEK, so I watched his game.”
Poland’s Konrad KULPA, jakub DYJAS and Michal BANKOSZ overcame Damiano SERETTI, Alessandro BACIOCCHI and Maurizio MASSARELLI of Italy on their way to the third position.
Junior Boys Teams Event final: France – Germany 3:0
Simon GAUZY-Frederik JOST 3:1 (11:6, 3:11, 11:3, 11:8) Tristan FLORE – Benedikt DUDA 3:0 (13:11, 11:1, 11:4) Antoine HACHARD – Marc RODE 3:0 (11:5, 11:7, 11:2)
(by Milica NIKOLIC, EWT)
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Photo: Simon GAUZY (Photo Lomaev)