just took the from MTF.. looks like vicent doesnt know how to deal with frustration ---- Local left stunned at Delray tennis championship By Michael Russo Staff Writer Posted September 20 2004 DELRAY BEACH -- Mardy Fish said Ricardo Mello did "nothing special." Mario Ancic can't understand how Mello keeps beating him. And now, Boca Raton's Vince Spadea is mystified at how he lost to the ATP's 100th-ranked player, especially in a tournament he wanted to win so badly. Trying to win his hometown tournament for the first time in seven appearances, the 24th-ranked and top-seeded Spadea fell to the unseeded Mello 7-6 (2), 6-3 at the Millennium International Tennis Championships on Sunday afternoon. To win his first ATP event, Mello knocked off the top three seeds to earn his biggest payday, $52,000. The 5-foot-9 lefty has now won 19 of his past 21 matches, has beaten four top-30 opponents in the past three weeks and is expected to climb into the top 75. The 23-year-old Brazilian is on the rise, but Spadea's still wondering why. "That's a player I should beat," Spadea said. "He hasn't posted great results in the past, and I think he's a long way from setting any big milestones. Players like Stefan Koubek won this tournament, a player who hasn't gone [on] to win any Grand Slams. I remember a few years ago [Davide] Sanguinetti beat [Andy] Roddick in this final. Those two names have different sounds to them." Spadea continued, saying, "I just don't see a guy who's 5-91/2 that doesn't have an incredible weapon on any side being ... you know, I don't want this to sound like sour grapes because I was saying this before. "But I guess you can't measure a guy's heart or will or work ethic. That in itself can be a great weapon." Mello was underestimated all week. "Maybe [my opponents] thought they were going to win easily and from the beginning realized it wasn't going to be so easy," he said. "This is the best thing that could happen to me. It proves I can play against the top players and that's the level I want to play at now." On a day where it was over 100 degrees on the court -- two ball girls suffered heat exhaustion and fainted 30 minutes apart -- Mello rarely attacked. Instead, he dictated the match, running Spadea all over the court on virtually every rally. "It was more of a grind than good tennis," Spadea said. "I felt like I was running a marathon." Spadea became increasingly frustrated, disputing a number of line calls and yapping at chair umpire Steve Ullrich, whom he called "stoic at best." At one point in the second set, Spadea threw his racket high into the air at one of Mello's overhead shots. "I was a little irritable," Spadea said. "I expect to be playing better than that against a player where he's ranked. I'm trying to beat the guys above me and take care of the guys below me. "Nothing really existed of mine today. I was basically just a flat tennis player. It's better it happens in a match like this than the finals of a major." Asked how he rebounds, he said, "You just have to put your rackets back in your bag and yell it out for an hour and then get on the practice court next week and figure it out because there's a lot more tennis to be played this year." In the doubles final, Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek beat Gaston Etlis and Martin Rodriguez 6-0, 6-3.