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European Youth Championships - 20 Jul 2014

Alexandre CASSIN straight to the crown


Alexandre CASSIN of France added another gold to his record at the STERILGARDA European Youth Championships. In the final of the Junior Boys Singles Event CASSIN overcame Elias RANEFUR of Sweden. Unlike the previous round, in the final CASSIN prevailed in

Alexandre CASSIN of France added another gold to his record at the STERILGARDA European Youth Championships. In the final of the Junior Boys Singles Event CASSIN overcame Elias RANEFUR of Sweden.

Unlike the previous round, in the final CASSIN prevailed in straight games. “I was little bit surprised to see him playing in the final. I did not expect that, but I had a good tactics,” said CASSIN.

In the penultimate stage Elias RANEFUR beat his compatriot Anton KALLBERG. “It is very difficult to play against teammate. Especially it was for me since I can not remember when KALLBERG lost his duel against me for a last time. I think he beat me in last 6 matches. Today I had better service, I was very aggressive and that allowed me to attack him. He was forced to block me, but I controlled situation,” said RANEFUR.

Alexandre CASSIN becomes the expert in winning almost lost matches. He recovered after 3:1 in reverse against Filip ZELJKO of Croatia.

“I know very well what to expect. That is why I was so nervous. In our previous 5 encounters I won four times, but I did not feel good today. Despite that, I decided to fight. I fought for each point,” explained CASSIN.

Final - Alexandre CASSIN France – Elias RANEFUR Sweden 4:0 (12, 9, 6, 9) Semifinals: Alexandre CASSIN France – Filip ZELJKO Croatia  4:3 (-6, -7, 12, -10, 9, 10, 9) Elias RANEFUR Sweden – Anton KALLBERG Sweden 4:1 (12, -9, 8, 10, 6) 

Milica NIKOLIC, EWT

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