NOS Sport•Today, 13:30
Tallon Greek track has won a great victory over Holger Rune in the first round of the clay tournament in Hamburg. The number 47 in the world was with 7-6 (8), 6-4 the superior of the twenty places higher Dane, who surprised at Roland Garros by making the last eight and was ranked eighth in the German city.
Last week, Greek track, who found himself in the global top 50 for the first time last week, already showed his good form by extending his title at the challenger tournament in Amersfoort. It was already his ninth overall victory at challenger level.
The first set was equal, although Greek track already made a slightly better impression. Still, he was the first to unfortunately hand in his service game. At breaking point, the 26-year old Haarlemmer got a foot foul, which led to a double foul after a short discussion with the umpire. It was characteristic of the fighting spirit of Greek track that he immediately succeeded in breaking back.
The set threatened to elude him at 5-6 after three backhand misses in a row, but he survived two set points. In the tiebreak, luck smiled at him when he seemed to have hit the ball too deep at set point, but it turned out to be a piece of the back line. After a mistake by 19-year-old Rune on his own service, Greek track took the set with an ace.
The second set that went faster – only Greek track had a chance to break, which he somewhat easily screwed up to his own disbelief – headed for a tiebreak. But at 5-6, Rune, who won the clay-court tournament in Stuttgart earlier this year, produced a double foul, giving his opponent two match points. In the first, Greek track misjudged a high ball, but in the second he struck with a nice return.
On Monday, Botic van de Zandschulp failed to reach the second round. He had to bow to the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.