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RTWC18 Final Eliminator

Updated: 09 Mar 2018 Rob Fahey wins
Published: 12 Feb 2018

7th March 2018: Rob Fahey wins 3-0 to qualify for the World Challenge in April


RTWC18 Final Eliminator
RTWC18 Final Eliminator
RTWC18 Final Eliminator

Final Eliminator at Prested Hall

2nd Leg Result: Rob Fahey beat Steve Virgona 6/2 6/3 6/2

1st Leg Result : Rob Fahey bt Steve Virgona 4/6 6/4 6/3 6/1 (in Chicago)

After a long trip from Chicago, Steve Virgona fully played his part in a titanic match against all-time great Rob Fahey. Rob stamped his mark on the match from the start with remarkable authority. There was an early game when Steve was poised to level at 2-2 with multiple deuces and advantages mostly to Steve but Rob finally won it to go 3-1 up. Another opportunity in the third to get to 3-3 with Steve 40-0 up but this too escaped him.

Rob was just half a yard ahead of Steve all the way. Astonishing anticipation and amazing balance with touches of brilliance. Jumping on short serves to volley them with unerring accuracy into the dedans; taking high-speed forces off the tambour; consistent serving often close to a second nick off the edge keeping Steve guessing.

Steve played well; he dealt well with the serve, volleyed excellently and consistently asked questions of Rob. The main trouble was that the former World Champion always seemed to have an answer.

Rob Fahey will now challenge Camden Riviere in a best of 13 set match at Queen’s Club, 24-28 April.

Match at: www.facebook.com/TeamFaheyRealTennis/

Background

First Round Eliminators

Rob Fahey bt Bryn Sayers 4/6 6/3 6/1 6/5 4/6 6/4 6/5

Steve Virgona bt Chris Chapman 6/1 6/2 6/4 6/2 6/3

Having won 12 World titles before, Rob is no stranger to World Championship matches, however this is only his second ever time playing in the Eliminator process, the first being in 1993(!).


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