Defeat in the group stage at the hands of Marcelo Aguirre on the opening day of play, Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi came out all guns blazing when the two met again in the final of the Men’s Singles event at the ITTF/Latin American Cup in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday 19th March 2011.
Motivated with the thought of a place in the Liebherr Men’s World Cup to be staged in Paris later in the year in November and with passionate support from the crowd in the Maracanãzinho Indoor Arena, Gustavo Tsuboi posted a four straight games victory.
He won 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6.
Positive Gustavo Tsuboi was in a much more positive mood than when the pair met in the first encounter; he was positive and aggressive. In the first two games he gave Marcelo Aguirre no time to settle, no time to show his undoubted skills.
French Connection Certainly, coach Jean-René Mounie had worked out the tactics; Gustavo Tsuboi consistently directed his first attacks towards the backhand of Marcelo Aguirre.
Jean-René Mounie can be seen regularly with the Brazilian Men’s Team; he is contracted to the Brazilian Table Tennis Confederation for one hundred days per year with the remainder of his time being spent with the French Table Tennis Federation coaching at INSEP in Paris, the national training centre.
Visit France Undoubtedly, the agreement made with the coach from Montpellier is paying dividends with players from Brazil also able to visit France; several members of the Brazilian National Team will travel to France in the near future in order to spend one month preparing for the World Championships in Rotterdam in May.
Totally Different “I think in the group stage match, mentally Gustavo was not in a good shape; he was playing against a young opponent and perhaps that affected him”, explained Jean-René Mounie. “Today it was totally different; last year he won the Men’s Singles title at the South American Games; his strategy was different today and he found something within himself.”
In the final, he never let Marco Aguirre take the initiative or unleash his lethal forehand; short serves were the order of the day and the result was gold.
First Champion Gustavo Tsuboi was the first ever ITTF/Latin American Cup Men’s Singles champion.