Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot
- Jarkko Maxum has celebrated his return to the PTA singles circuit with a very impressive win over in-form Spaniard Sergio Joaquín in his first round clash. Maxum saw the writing on the wall with the massive downscaling of doubles events, and faced with the possibility of living off his American girlfriend's fortune was forced out of his brief retirement. Joaquín has played splendid tennis this season and claimed a title in Casablanca last weekend, but was made to work for a very tough first set against the confident Maxum who was happy to come to the nets with enthusiasm. But after dominating the tiebreaker, the World No. 32 had a stinker of a second set as Maxum began to find his range and more penetration in his ground shots. While he still didn't look completely match fit for singles tennis, he did enough to take an early break in the third and after some awkward moments held on for dear life for a dramatic 6-7(1), 6-2, 6-4 win on return. There's no reason he can't beat Becker Haas in their second round meeting.
Maxum's 2nd and third set dedicated to the lovley mystery american woman who came in from practice to watch him on the outside court.
I guess in the end for Maxum and this American, it's Game, Set, Match.