Rallies To Paraguay Success
Brazilian Rafael Alarcon successfully defended his title in
the 'Tour de las Americas' Paraguay Open when he beat second seed
Chris Gordon in the final at Club Internacional de Tenis in the
Paraguayan capital Asuncion.
In the semi-finals, the 33-year-old from Sao Paolo despatched
eight-seeded Mexican Miled Zarazua in straight games, while New
York-based Gordon ended local interest in the event by beating
Esteban Casarino, the tournament organiser from Asuncion, in four
But in the final, Alarcon beat a US opponent for the second year in
a row with an 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4 victory over Gordon, the world
The triumph marks Alarcon's 14th PSA Tour title - and extends the
Brazilian's record as the South American with the most Tour titles,
ahead of Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez who boasts 12.
20-24 April, Asuncion, $6k
 Rafael Alarcon (Bra)
[Q] Juan Caballero (Par)
 Rafael Alarcon
11/9 11/5 12/10
 Rafael Alarcon
11/9, 11/5, 15/13
 Miled Zarazua
 Rafael Alarcon
11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4
 Chris Gordon
 Manoel Pereira (Bra)
Alfredo Avila (Mex)
 Gonzalo Mirando (Arg)
[Q] Mario Dominguez (Par)
 Gonzalo Mirando
11/6 4/11 11/7 11/9
 Miled Zarazua
 Miled Zarazua (Mex)
Nicolas Baballero (Par)
 Tiago Cabral (Bra)
 Tiago Cabral
1/7 11/6 11/6
 Esteban Casarino
 Esteban Casarino
12/10, 11/1, 6/11, 11/9
 Chris Gordon
[Q] Bruno Alvarenga
 Esteban Casarino (Par)
Nahual Hernan Ramos (Arg)
Juan Pablo Roude (Arg)
11/4 11/8 14/12
 Chris Gordon
[Q] Andre L'Heureux (Par)
 Chris Gordon (Usa)
Like last year, home favourite Esteban Casarinio was at the
door to reach the final of the Paraguay Open, despite the great game
he played last night before finally losing to second seed Chris
At the beginning of the game, everyone thought it would be the big
day because the initial approach of Esteban was very effective, to
the point that was ahead in the score 5/2 and then 8/5, working hard
with long rallies in the back of the court, mainly on the back of
Gordon, which did not allow him to develop his best game.
Patient with that kind of game and some errors of Gordon to the
definition, Esteban managed to get 9/5. Gordon managed to bring the
game closer to the front of the court, and very accurate shots tied
Esteban went ahead again 10/9, but in the rush to close the game
made two unforced errors and eventually Gordon, who switched to a
more conservative game without risking anything, was left with the
game on 12/10.
That disappointment of his first game in the second deconcentrated
to the point that Gordon managed to get seven winners and advanced
9/0, and then close the game by 11/1.
Esteban In the third game began to give more speed to the game, and
risking some shots had advanced 7/1. Gordon reacted with shock at
the front of the court, but Esteban made it to 9/5 and then close
The fourth game was the best of all, as both players achieved their
best shots and showed the great preparation that have regard to the
physical capacity and speed of reaction.
Estephan came forward 4/0 and 6/2, but then Gordon, with exceptional
physical condition, managed to lift all the shots and put on 7/7,
then 10/8 and finally closed the match with an excellent shot to the
back of the court .
In the final the American will meet Brazilian top seed Rafael
Alarcon, who beat Miled Zarazua in straight games.
This game was almost a copy of the previous game where Rafa also
defeated another Mexican, Alfredo Avila, perhaps because the game of
the two Mexicans is very similar.
Rafa won his game from the start of the game printed with lots of
rhythm and speed and rapidly advancing 7/2. There Miled adapted to
the speed of the game and managed to get several winners and reach
9/9. But Rafa continued to press in the back of the court and
managed to close the game with an excellent drop.
In the second game Zarazua committed several unforced errors in
trying to change the game imposed by Rafa and quickly lost 11/5.
In the third game, knowing that Rafa had total control of the game,
had the luxury of making several moves very showy, delighting the
audience, but it devolved a bit, which I take the Mexican to score
points and even get 10/8 above.
There came Rafa´s experience to handle these situations, who began
to speed up the game again, getting even at 10. From there, the two
players achieved excellent points of attack to reach 13/13, but
finally the Brazilian managed to close the game 15/13.
Rafael Alarcon (Bra) defeated Alfredo Avila (Mex) - 3 / 0: 11
/ 9 11 / 5 12/10
Rafa once again delighted us with his impressive game, where since
the beginning of the game printed a lot of pace on the basis of
speed and punch, keeping his opponent in back of the court without
the possibility of attack.
This allowed him to start the first two games with an advantage of 5
/ 0 and 5 / 1 respectively, but then Avila got in front of the court
and climb a little marker. Anyway the Brazilian continued to press
to close games in their favor.
In the third game, Brazil took a little more relaxed, which took
Avila to score points based on their large physical display and
adjusting the ball far to the sides. He even made a point to take
the game on 10 / 9, but Alarcón, with much more experience than the
Young player, won the third game by a close 12/10.
Miled Zarazua (Mex) defeated Gonzalo Miranda (Arg) - 3 / 1: 11
/ 6 4 / 11 11 / 7 11 / 9
A great match, where these two young players of 18 and 20, showed
great technical maturity and enviable physical condition, which made
the game should be defined more by the mistakes committed by both
before the good points, because both reached virtually every ball.
In the first two games both were without precision and each one won
a game where they made fewer mistakes.
In the third game the points became much longer with rallies really
incredible about what managed to raise both players. Finally the
Mexican managed to make a difference in the third.
In the fourth, Miranda started very well, getting ahead 5 / 3 and 9
/ 6, making the public assume that the match would be defined in the
fifth game, but the Mexican rallied to 9 / 9 and after several
"lets" Zarazua make good use of a confusing situation to ensure that
the referee awarded a" stroke" in his favor. This devolved to the
Argentine, who eventually lost the match with an unforced error.
Esteban Casarino (Py) defeated Tiago Cabral (Bra) - 3 / 0: 11
/ 7 11 / 6 11 / 6
The great local hope, defeated without major surprises to the
Brazilian Tiago Cabral, who is not at his best, showing lack of pace
and fitness, which took Casarino to press very precise hits on the
front of the court and keeping Cabral in the back of the court
without the possibility of attack.
In the three games, Esteban was in charge of the marker and handling
the situation with ease. A victory without objection.
Chris Gordon (USA) defeated Nahuel Ramos (Arg) 3 / 0: 11 / 4
11 / 8 14/12
The American used his experience of being in the world circuit for
some time to clinch a victory rather complicated, as the young
Argentine did an excellent match.
In the first game advanced rapidly Gordon 6 / 2 and 9 / 3 and closed
with 11 / 4, negating the possibility of attack by the Argentine
could not find the pace of the game.
In the second game, Ramos managed to improve his game hits bottom
and using highly skilled, head right off to the U.S. several times,
getting a lead of 8/4. But Gordon did manage to play like in the
first game, moving the argentinian and playing very accurate shots
on the front of the court, he could won 7 straight points to go up
the score to 11 / 8.
In the third game Ramos again got ahead in the score by 7 / 3 with a
lot of pressure on the bottom and very good fakes on the front and
middle of the field. So be continued until 10 / 6, and when everyone
thought that he would take the game, his anxiety to close the game
betrayed him and made two unforced errors.
Gordon took the opportunity to press it and using its experience in
this type of situation, deployed a conservative game, keeping Ramos
at the bottom of the court, negating their ability to attack, to
equal in 10. However, Ramos had two "Game Ball" on 11/10 and 12/11,
but the strength of Gordon finally prevailed over the "hurry" of
april 21 to 24, will be held at the International Tennis Club, the
second edition of the PSA tournament: “TOUR DE LAS AMERICAS –
PARAGUAY OPEN 2010”, which gives points for the world ranking. It
will award a total of six thousand dollars, entering the category of
Some of the players who have has confirmed their participation in
the event are:
Rafael Alarcon (BRA), world Nº 40, Defending Champion of the
Paraguay Open 2009 and winner of 5 tournaments of the “Tour de las
Americas 2009”. Double silver medalist in the South American Games
2010 (individual and team event).
Christopher Gordon (USA), world Nº 79 and Nº 3 of USA.
Esteban Casarino (PAR), the great local hope, world Nº 105,
and doble bronze medalist in the South American Games 2010
(individual and doubles).
Gonzalo Miranda (ARG), world Nº 131, bronze medalist in the
South American Games 2010 (team event).