Oct. 2, 2016
The final match between Feijen and Alcaide began with a break and run from Alcaide. That was the only time that Alcaide had a lead over Feijen for a long time in the match. Feijen came up strong and look a 3:1 lead over Alcaide. But Alcaide stayed in the match, never allowing Feijen to get away too far. After twelve racks, the score was leveled at 6:6. Then Alcaide even got to 7:6 over Feijen. But „The Terminator“ showed a strong will for victory today. In rack 14, Feijen broke and ran out to equalize the score at 7:7. Then, Alcaide had no shot after his break in rack 15 but he tried to force the 1-ball in. He failed and allowed Feijen back to the table. „The Terminator“ played a safety shot which was not good enough for Alcaide. The Spaniard started shooting, ran out of position and tried to play a safety for his Dutch opponent. Feijen got to the table and solved the problem by firing the 4-ball in with a jump shot and running the table, getting on the hill with 8:7 and his own break shot coming up. He had the 1-ball down in the side-pocket but could not pocket the 2-ball anywhere. So he came up with a brilliant safety shot which gave Alcaide no other option but try to hit the 2-ball and avoid a foul. Alcaide did contact the 2-ball first but left an open table for Feijen who took his chance and ran the rack for the victory on his home turf here in The Netherlands, winning the final match with 9:7 over David Alcaide.
„It feels great!“, Feijen answered when asked about his feeling to have broken the „Dutch curse“ in The Netherlands today. „I won a Euro-Tour in Holland before when it was still in Weert, but that was back in the early 2000’s“, added Feijen, „but the last two years I did not play all too good over here.“ „Now the pressure for the Mosconi team is gone“, Feijen said, „I played David last week in Italy at the Verona Cup and I lost so it’s nice to set that straight in a good sportsmanship, of course.“
Top Eight Finishers
1. Niels Feijen (NED)
2. David Alcaide (ESP)
5. Woytek Trajdos (POL)
Fedor Gorst (RUS)
Mark Gray (GBR)
Romen Hybler (CZE)
That concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open in the Golden Tulip Jagershorst Hotel in Leende, The Netherlands. We will be back with more Euro-Tour action in late November from Treviso, Italy.
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