Sanchez-Ruiz just crossed the finish line

Close encounter with Melling

Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz

Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP) over the table with Chris Melling (GBR) watching him closely – Foto: EPBF/AMM

Treviso,  Italy:  In  a  tight  encounter  with  England’s Mosconi  player  Chris Melling, Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP) just made it to the goal with 9:7. Things  started  good  for  the young  Spaniard.  He  was   leading  in the  early  stage  of  the  match  and managed to maintain that lead over a long  period.  Probably  the  biggest reason  for  his  lead  was   his  break. The  regulations  for  this  year  have been  changed  by  the  EPBF.  The break  box  was   removed  for  9-ball. David  Morris,  President  of  IBPF: „We  have  had  some  request  from players regarding  that  matter  so we did  a  lot  of  research  during  last season. We found that  the break  box in 9-ball together  with our  other breaking requirements  (3-point-rule)  made it  too  hard  for  the players  to  get  momentum and convert their break shot into points for their account. Therefore, we thought it  would be better  to  waive the  break  box  in 9-ball.  We still  keep  it  for  10-ball though“. While Sanchez  was  able to control his break, Melling seemed to struggle with it. No wonder that Sanchez  took a clear led over Melling with 6:3.  Though he always tried to keep one foot  in the match,  Melling was always  thrown back in his chair. He either had no ball on the break  or  he had dry  break shots  with not  enough  balls crossing the kitchen line.  He  seemed to be desperate.  When Sanchez saw his opponent’s struggle, it made him  even stronger. At 6:4, Melling broke  the balls  and had a  ball down but  no  real shot  on the  1-ball.  He played push-out, leaving a tough situation for Sanchez  on the table. But Sanchez  could not  be worried less.  He fired the balls  in,  cleared all problems  on the table and snatched  another  rack  off  Melling,  leading 7:4.  He  even took  an 8:5  lead and everyone thought that the book will soon be closed on Melling. But Melling was still alive.  He  performed strong  and  forced  some errors  upon Sanchez  in that phase  of  the  Match.  Sanchez  obviously  got  more  and more  nervous and  was now desperately looking for the finish line. At 8:6, Melling needed a good break. He got it but missed the 1-ball straight after. He leaves a tough shot for Sanchez which the Spaniard misses.  Melling now proves his class  and runs out a tough rack, closing the gap between the two to 8:7. At this point, errors were lethal. Both players  knew it. Sanchez  approached the table for his break shot  and hammered the cue ball into the pack. Two balls went  down and  everything  was  open.  Sanchez  took  his chance  and  won  the rack, taking a 9:7 victory  over  Melling. “ I was really nervous in the end“, states Sanchez  afterwards, „and I’m happy we did not play to 10 racks or further. Who knows what would have happened then „.
Other  notable  results  from  this  morning  include  Jasmin  Ouschan  (AUT) defeating  Tim Goergens   (GER)  with  9:3.  An  upset  in  winner’s  round  1  was definitely the loss of Nick van den Berg (NED) to Jakob Belka (GER) with 8:9.
The  event  will be  hosted  by  the  European  Governing  Body  for  Pool,  the European  Pocket  Billiard  Federation  (EPBF)  and  organized  by  International Billiard Promotion (IBP).  For further information and reference please go to the federation website ,  follow us  on twitter  @EPBF_News or contact our press office.

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