Aleksandr SHIBAEV beat Mattias FALCKPhoto: Rémy Gros
European Games 2019 Minsk
The runner up at the World Championships held this April, no. two seed in Belarus, Mattias FALCK of Sweden is out from the Round of 32 at the European Games in Minsk. Russia’s Aleksandr SHIBAEV accounted for Swede in straight games (9-11, 9-11, 7-11, 3-11)
“I was calm and focused from the beginning. I pushed FALCK to the limits throughout whole match. I kept him under pressure, force him to play from uncomfortable positions, kept him at the wrong foot,” said SHIBAEV.
FALCK did not look for the excuse for his game.
“It is sport. SHIBAEV was better player this time. Hope next time it will be better, because hardly it can get any worse than this.”
Cederic NYTINCK of Belgium beat Benedek OLAH of Finland (11-3, 11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 11-13, 11-9) whilst Alvaro ROBLES of Spain lost to KOU Lei of Ukraine (6-11, 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 10-12).
Simon GAUZY of France Andrej GACINA of Croatia (11-9, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 10-12). Simon had four match balls, but failed to make it to the next round.
“It was so close…GAUZY is very clever player. He changed the rhythm constantly; I was forced to adjust my game throughout the whole match. My weak points were receiving of service, but in the exchange of balls I was better. At the end I was brave at 6-10 I took the control and won,” said GACINA.