by Ian Marshall, Editor
On the opening day Nikhil Kumar had impressed, on the second day of action in the guise of Marcelo Aguirre he faced a player of exactly the same style. Both left handed attacking players with an exquisite feeling for the ball, he confronted an adversary who 10 years earlier was at his level.
Notably both have January birthdays, Marcelo Aguirre is 26 years old, Nikhil Kumar is 16 years of age.
“He is a very talented player; we both have the same style of play. He plays with high quality, he is smart, an intelligent player. It was vital that I was strong with my first attack and kept him under pressure; my first match in the tournament, winning the first game was important, it gave me confidence.” Marcelo Aguirre
It was for the teenager a learning experience, for Kanak Jha a most exacting experience; he was severely tested.
“The first match for me in the tournament you are never really sure and I was not sure how to play against him. Recently Alberto beat me quite comfortably in the German Bundesliga. He is good with the counter attack, after the second game I changed my service; sidespin and topspin. In the seventh when I was down 1-4, I kept a clear head, did not panic and kept cool.” Kanak Jha
At the semi-final stage Marcelo Aguirre meets the winner of the contest between Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and Puerto Rico’s Brian Afanador; for Kanak Jha it is either Gustavo Tsuboi, also from Brazil or Canada’s Jeremy Hazin.