Dutch Dynamite Dick Jaspers reaches final once more
Just as last year Dick Jaspers, the current number one on the world ranking, has made it to the final of the Agipi Masters by defeating Frederic Caudron in the semifinal.
In the beginning, both players were clearly suffering from the pressure, a combination of respect for the opponent, the live broadcast on Eurosport 2 and the mere fact that the Agipi Masters is the best tournament of the year. The time and place where the champions get the chance to show that they are true champions.
Jaspers, especially, was looking feable at the start of the match. After twelve innings he trailed 18-6 and his body language seemed to tell the tale. Caudron looked like being more in control of his emotions, but neither he brought his A-game. Both players made uncharacteristic errors and the table started to play a part as well. Where the carom seemed to be a certainty, the cueball somehow manouvered behind, around, just past the target-ball. Not five times, not ten times, more like twenty times total during this match, both crowd and player held their breath and looked on in disbelief.
The mark of a champion is to win with his B-game and Jaspers did just that. He recomposed and even though his touch was absent, he started to produce points and taking good care of his positonal play. The turning point, when this refound composure was visible, took place in the thirteenth inning. He made eight points…unresponded, he made two…unresponded, he made three… unresponded. Now he had taken the lead and was not to hand it over to Caudron. All the while Lady Luck was on Jaspers’ side, he had three lucky points and he acknowledged his own fortune after making the winning point in thirty-third inning.Dick Jaspers :’Yes i was struggling, but when i made that run of 8 I refound composure. I got lucky in some situations, but I will accept these turns of faith happily’.