Sunday, 1 July 2018

Dzumhur d Mannarino to win Antalya

The men’s final in Antalya was score wise intriguing.

The opening set was completely dominated by Damir Dzumhur (2) as he scored points 73% of the time off his own serve as opposed to his opponent Adrian Mannarino (1) who could only manage a paltry 39% off his delivery.

Dzumhur broke twice, in the fourth game using a forcing backhand to full advantage.  He repeated the break in game six, this time the forehand coming to the party with power and touch too much for the Frenchman.

The opening set was taken by the man from Bosnia-Herzegovina 6-1

Hoping for a reversal of fortune, Mannarino received his gift, or rather took it upon himself.

His serve became more potent - winning 15 of 18 points of his first serve, and he seized on early Dzumhur errors to take an early service break.

More errors from Dzumhur ensured a second break in the sixth game.

At 5-1, Mannarino served to level the match, and he did, surviving a break point, and using his third set point to win it.

In the decider, Dzumhur found his opening set form to once again thrive on French mistakes to break in the fourth and sixth games for 5-1.

Damir Dzumhur served out the match and claimed his third ATP Tour title 6-1 1-6 6-1. The others came last year in Russia - St. Petersburg and Moscow where he defeated Fabio Fognini and Ricardas Berankis respectively.

Adrian Mannarino is still looking for his first, now having lost five finals.

Dzumhur will rise seven spots to 23 in the world, a new career high, previously 28.

Mannarino will play Chilean qualifier Christian Garin, ranked 167, in the first round of Wimbledon.

Dzumhur will play Maximilian Marterer, ranked 47, in the first round of Wimbledon. 

By the way, Australians will be pleased to know (or not, depending on your view) that Bernard Tomic has made it into the main draw of Wimbledon as a lucky loser in qualifying. That makes 10 Aussie males in first round action on the revered courts.

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