Twice pushed to the decisive game, Adrian Mannarino did not fall into the trap set by Andreas Seppi in the first round of the ‘S-Hertogenbosch tournament, of which he is the defending champion. Gilles Simon, meanwhile, was held back by the darkness facing James Duckworth.
Adrian Mannarino did not miss his return to ‘S-Hertogenbosch. Two years after winning his only title on the ATP circuit there, the Habs kicked off their week with a sluggish victory over Andreas Seppi, from qualifying. Both players took advantage of their efficient service to avoid being put in danger, but it was Adrian Mannarino who proved to be the most dangerous. However, none of the four break points obtained by the Frenchman throughout the first set could be converted and the outcome of the set was quite logically a decisive game. Adrian Mannarino got off to a flying start by winning the first four points but Andreas Seppi responded with three rallies in a row. Immediately taking the initiative, the Habs were able to earn a point on the Italian’s entry, which was enough to make the difference and take the lead.
Mannarino had the last word
The trend seen during the first set was not denied at the start of the second. While he only gave up one point in his first two service games, Adrian Mannarino was able to put Andreas Seppi in great difficulty. But, during two long games, the Italian was solid on the nine break points he had to face. From then on, neither player gave up the slightest bit of ground and, once again, it was a deciding game that concluded the round. If the two players held their serve at the start, Andreas Seppi took the lead but saw Adrian Mannarino immediately return to height before saving a set point on his serve. A missed opportunity that never came again for the Italian. In the process, Adrian Mannarino had three match points including two on his serve, without more success. The fourth was however the good one for the Habs who won (7-6, 7-6 in 2h09 ‘) and will find Alex de Minaurseeded number 4, in the round of 16.
Simon started well against Duckworth
Gilles Simon, who pulled out of qualifying, will have to return on Wednesday to finish his match against James Duckworth. The Niçois has all the cards in hand to join Daniil Medvedev, seeded number 1, in the round of 16 on Dutch grass. Indeed, after having made the break in the seventh game, Gilles Simon went to seek the first set on a white game. The 134th in the world then confirmed the ascendancy over the Australian with the break from the first game of the second set. However, after winning his serve to lead three games to one, the darkness forced the tournament supervisor to stop the match before its conclusion. A meeting which will therefore have to conclude this Wednesday at the start of the program.
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