July 3-5 2009
The summer-time tradition continued as the world top players gathered to play in Portugal. Jaspers, Caudron, Philipoom and myself all got knocked out in the first round. I lost to Cho Jae Ho from Korea in a five set battle where I made some crucial mistakes in the final set. Merckx won the final against Polychronopoulos and the overall World Cup remains completely open.