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Macau Open – Taufik Hidayat wins first title of the year!

October 6, 2008

Wow! What a fantastic performace by Taufik in the Macau Open finals 2008! Taufik Hidayat, played Lee Chong Wei in the finals and I predicted that he would lose to Chong Wei as I felt Chong Wei is a much faster and fit player. I was wrong and what an exciting finals it was..

Taufik Hidayat

Taufik Hidayat

Taufik looked like he was back to him glorious form as he played a brilliant game againts Chong Wei. Taufik knew he had a long task ahead as Chong Wei was fitter and faster than him. What Taufik did was he pulled Chong Wei to various corners of the court forcing Chong Wei to hit half court shots for Taufik’s smashing winners. Taufik won the game 21-19 and 21-15.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen Taufik play such an aggresive and attacking play. His trick shots were much more deceptive and his net shots were sharper than Chong Wei’s. In all angles, Taufik looked to be the player he was 4 years back and Chong Wei had no reply to Taufik’s game. With this form, I think if Taufik were fit for the Olympics, Chong Wei would have lost to him in the early stages.

“The key (for my victory) was to win the first game. Then in the second game, I felt less pressure to play my best,” Taufik was quoted as saying by Antara.

“Chong Wei is known for his attacking, explosive and deceptive game. But he was extra cautious today and allowed Taufik to take total control,” Misbun said.

“Taufik is an intelligent player and he knows how to take advantage (of situations). Chong Wei will just have to continue with his efforts to justify his ranking as world number one. He has given his best and it will be more training for him after this,” said Misbun Sidek (Chong Wei’s coach).

I am happy for Taufik as I think he is the only few players in the world who can take on Lin Dan and challenge for the world No. 1 spot. As for Chong Wei, he has to start winning tournaments to prove his world No. 1 Status..

Cant seem to find the finals video online.. if you manage to find it do let me know.. Also do share what you think of the mens singles finals!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Martira putri permalink
    November 12, 2008 5:35 pm

    taufik masih punya nama kan. So ingat jangan pernaha bilang Taufik sudah menghilang dari peredaran.

  2. Martira putri permalink
    November 12, 2008 5:43 pm

    taufik masih punya nama kan. So ingat jangan pernah bilang Taufik sudah menghilang dari peredaran.

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