Luck is not with Nico the last few weeks, as he was playing qualifications in Basel last week, and this weekend in Paris. We recieved some pictures from last weekend in Basel, so let’s look back shortly on both weekends. In Basel he started against Victor Estrella-Burgos, and won the match in one hour and 15 minutes. Especially the serve seemed to be effective in this match. Nico hit 12 aces, and won 93 percent of the first serves here. In the next round it was Gastao Elias from Portugal who was on the other side of the net. In a very fast first set it was 6-1 for Elias, but Nico stayed focussed and won the second set in a tiebreak. Nico had many chances on the Elias serve this set, 8 breakpoints, but only was able to use one of them, to make a much needed rebreak. The set finished in a tiebreak, that went with 7-2 to Nico. The third set was the same as the second set, with a break and a rebreak all the way to a tiebreak. Elias was the first one to have a matchpoint, but Nico saved it. Then Nico had a matchpoint himself, that he lost after a long rally. Elias then had two matchpoints again, and managed to win the match after 2 hours and 42 minutes. An unbelievable close end of a cruel match, and no qualification for the maindraw in Basel.
The BNP Paribas Masters announced thursday that Nico got a wildcard for the qualification tournament this year. He played Denis Istomin in the first round yesterday. The two played a very long match, with a tiebreak in the first set. Istomin took this tiebreak, with 7-4. In the second set, it was Istomin who made the break first. Nico had one chance to break back for 5-5, but unfortunately could not convert his breakpoint. Istomin then finally held his serve and won the match with 7-6 6-4. But what a fight from Nico, he can be proud of himself for the fighting spirit shown in this match.
Nico plays doubles with the young Pierre-Hugues Herbert this tournament, the duo got a wildcard for the tournament. Herbert will be Nico’s partner for doubles for 2015 too!
We recieved some photo’s today from Nico’s matches in Basel, so here are some images from the first and second round match of Basel. Enjoy! first
And some from the second round against Gaston Elias.
Many thanks to Renee Korpel for making and sending us these photo’s to use on the blog. All copyrights are hers.