Fajar/Rian qualified for the second round of the Indonesia Open 2021 after defeating Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin. Fajar/Rian won 21-17 and 22-20 at the Bali International Convention Center, Wednesday (24/11/2021). Furthermore, Fajar/Rian met Bagas/Fikri in the second round.
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The match will be interesting because in the last meeting the world number eight pair lost. Fajar/Rian gave up with a score of 13-21, 21-18, and 20-22 in the first round of the Indonesia Masters 2021.
The bad result will obviously overshadow Fajar/Rian to meet Bagas/Fikri again. However, Fajar emphasized that they did not want to lose again and paid full attention to the match.
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The 2019 World Championship bronze medalist admitted that he did not want to look back when they gave up on Bagas/Fikri. He also did not want to be burdened with their superior and senior status.
“What is certain is that Bagas/Fikri don’t want to lose, but we don’t want to think about head to head in the previous meeting. The important thing is to take care of your body and mind because that’s the most important thing. Don’t think you really have to win because it can be a burden. If you win, consider it a bonus,” said Fajar at the Bali International Convention Center, Wednesday (11/24/2021).
However, Fajar/Rian also have a bad record in the last three tournaments, where they always lose when they meet their own teammates. They just broke this poor record when they beat Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin in the first round of the Indonesia Open 2021.
Therefore, with this condition, Fajar/Rian wants to always be wary of young couples. Including tomorrow when they will meet Bagas/Fikri.
“What is certain is that against friends, they are also mentally prepared, moreover they are more junior than us, so they play without a burden and we are the ones who have a burden. To deal with this, we must evaluate and reflect, do not position us at the top, but be equal to them. That’s what we’re trying to manage,” Rian concluded.