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Moodie back on track
- Updated: November 25, 2010
Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman are up and running in the Barclays ATP World Tour finals in London.
The South African/Belgian combination bounced back from defeat against second seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic on Monday to beat fifth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Moodie and Norman won their Group B round-robin clash┬á 6-1 6-3 against their Polish/Austrian opponents to stay alive in the season-ending tournament.
In a match that went over the hour mark by eight minutes, Norman had battled with his serve in the first round clash and despite some hard work at his game was broken in his first service game. But the team held their collective nerve and went on to win six straight games (taking 20 out of a possible 34).
Kubot was then broken in the opening game of the second set, putting Moodie and Norman on the front foot and they didn’t let up the pressure from then on to the final game.
“I think I was the worst player on the court, I did not have my best day,” Poland’s Kubot later admitted to ATPWorldTour.com. “Unfortunately it was not my day. Wesley came up with unbelievable shots and barely missed a return.
Next up for Moodie and Norman, who now have a 32-20 match record this season, is a match-up with Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi in the decider for Group B. Nestor and Zimonjic have already qualified for the last four after beating Bhupathi and Mirnyi in a later game on Wednesday.