This year marked my 9th appearance at the World Open which took place in Seattle and where the most important title as World Champion was disputed between the top 64 players of the World.
I played Julian Illingworth, former US #1, in the first round. The goal was to find my pace and settle in the glass court. The end result was a comfortable 3-0 win with a score of 11-7 11-4 11-5 which allowed me to swing into the second round.
The following match was against Campbell Grayson from New Zealand where the head to head was in my favor 2-1. The first game went on for 32 grueling minutes where I lost 18-16. After re-planning my strategy I came back to win the following three games 11-4 11-5 11-6.
Settled in the top 16, I had to face seed # 9, Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet. As usual, our matches display an array of physical strength and mental strategies that tend to be very entertaining. The last match we played was in April where I won 3/1. This time I also started losing my first game which forced me to find my mental focus and physical strength to overcome him and finally take the match 3/1 7-11 11-9 11-7 11-2.
After this strenuous match I became the first south american to ever reach the quarter finals for the tournaments’ history. This brought me to face an inspired and accurate James Willstrop, ex world #1 who beat me 3/0 in a well deserved win. I played well, but his preciseness and determination allowed him to take key points from me and used that to his advantage.
Overall, I am pleased by the result and by leaving a new footprint in a World Championship.