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Jérémy Bury defeats his master Zanetti in semis

Posted by on March 26, 2011

Jérémy Bury defeats his master Zanetti in semis

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Jérémy Bury shouts out his joy after have beating Zanetti.

The difference in age is almost twenty years, in victories immense, but in the battle between the two undisputed top players in the semifinals of the Agipi Masters it was Jérémy Bury who took the win tonight against his master, teammate and friend Marco Zanetti. The embrace at the end was well-meant, later at the dinner the Italian repeated his boundless admiration for the young finalist.

The Frenchman, who turns thirty this summer, is already a little longer at the top, but is with his tenth place at the world ranking still in a vulnerable position. The final breakthrough, however, can be expected this year, as he has shown in the Agipi Masters now. It was no coincidence that Bury had the best average of all players entering the final round. The goal was already achieved, he said, but now Bury wants more of course. He defeated Javier Palazón on the first day and tonight he beat Zanetti in the semifinals.

,,I still see some little stars hanging above my head,'' he said ten minutes after the match with a blissful smile. ,,This feels so good, to play the final here in my own, favorite room, where we have achieved so many successes.''

Jérémy Bury took the second match between two Agipi players in this final. Marco Zanetti previously beat Frédéric Caudron, the leader of the team. Tonight the numbers two (Zanetti) and three (Bury) faced each other for a full grandstand.

The Italian took the lead in the first part of the match (15-11, 19-13), but around the tenth inning Bury attacked with runs of five and ten. ,,My feeling was not so good at the start, but after the runs I came in my rhythm'', Bury said later. The Frenchman made a small gap (36-30 and later 40-30), then held on his concentration and kept his opponent with a final run of five on ten points distance: 50-39 in 24 innings at the end.

The winner lifted his cue into the air, shouted out his joy, was overloaded with an ovation from the supporters and dearly embraced by Marco Zanetti at the table. ,,This is a glorious moment in my career, Bury said for the cameras.

Tomorrow he will play the final against the winner of the match between Filipos Kasidokostas and Sung Won Choi.

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