Austrian Sebastian Ofner Clinches Victory at the Mallorca Championships with Eye on Wimbledon

Austrian Sebastian Ofner Clinches Victory at the Mallorca Championships with Eye on Wimbledon

Ofner, who celebrated his first victory of the season on grass on Monday with a 3:6 6:4 7:6 (7/4) victory against Spaniard Jaume Munar at the third attempt after opening defeats in Stuttgart and Halle, thus gained further confidence for the Wimbledon tournament, where he will be the only Austrian entry in the singles.

“It was a great match from me,” said Ofner. “I always had the feeling that I was playing well and was therefore always confident. The second quarter-final of the year so close to Wimbledon is good. I have also played well recently, losing twice against very good players, and only a few points were the deciding factor. But if you perform well week after week, you will be rewarded at some point.”

Mallorca Championships/Manuel Queimadelos Sebastian Ofner reached the quarterfinals of an ATP tournament for the second time this year

Ofner, who is currently ranked 54th in the world rankings, 17 places behind Darderi, did not get off to a good start and only took the lead 1-0 after fending off a break point in a hard-fought first game that went past deuce five times. After that, however, he found it easier on his own serve and took the 22-year-old Italian’s serve to make it 4-2. This break was enough to win the set after 36 minutes.

Small task of diligence in the second set

In the second set, Ofner was on the road to victory with a break to make it 2-1, but missed two match points in the ninth game as a returner and then immediately conceded the rebreak to make it 5-5. After that, Austria’s number one put the brief weak phase behind him, broke Darderi again and served out the win without any problems. After 1:19 hours, he converted his third match point.

This is the second time this season that Ofner has reached an ATP quarter-final. Against the 19-year-old Michelsen, who is just behind him in the rankings in 62nd place, he is aiming for his second semi-final appearance in 2024 after the one at the beginning of the year in Hong Kong. Michelsen won the only direct duel so far in the first round of Winston-Salem in 2023 on hard court with 7:6 (7/4) 7:5. Now Ofner has the chance for revenge on grass.

Thiem defends himself against Monfils in vain

For Dominic Thiem, the first round against Frenchman Gael Monfils was the end of the road on Monday in his last match on grass on the ATP Tour, losing 3:6 6:7 (3/7). The Lower Austrian went into the duel with Monfils without much match practice. In the first set, Thiem was fighting a losing battle at the same venue where he sustained the serious wrist injury three years ago. The 37-year-old Frenchman managed to break to make it 4:2. While Thiem had no break point, Monfils served confidently to make it 6:3.

Mallorca Championships/Manuel Queimadelos Dominic Thiem was not able to win at his last grass tournament

The match was more balanced in the second set. Thiem had to fend off three break points at 2:2, but still won the game. It went into a tiebreak, in which the Austrian quickly found himself 0:4 down. Thiem was able to fend off three match points, but Monfils finally ended the match with a volley after 1:18 hours. For the Frenchman, it was the first regular win against Thiem in ten duels. The only success so far resulted from the Austrian retiring.

After the match, Thiem said he wanted to come back, but as a spectator. “It was really fun,” said the 30-year-old. “I think we both served well – he served very well. It took me a while to get used to it.” Thiem will now stay in Mallorca for a few more days and then start training on the clay courts in the direction of Gstaad, Kitzbühel and possibly the Olympics, should Paris still work out. “I’m looking forward to one last European clay court summer.”

ATP 250 tournament in Mallorca

(Spain, 1,005,340 euros, grass)

Achtelfinal-Tableau: Ben Shelton (USA/1) Rinky Hijikata (AUS) -:- -:- Paul Jubb (GBR) Adam Walton (AUS) -:- -:- Alex Michelsen (USA) Adrian Mannarino (FRA/3) 7:6 (7/5) 6:4

Sebastian Ofner (AUT) Luciano Darderi (ITA/5) 6:3 7:5 Jakub Mensik (CZE) Fabio Fognini (ITA) -:- -:- Alejandro Tabilo (CHI/4) Alexander Schewtschenko (KAZ) -:- -:- Gael Monfils (FRA/6) Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 6:3 6:4 Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) Ugo Humbert (FRA/2) 3:6 6:3 6:4 Erstrundentableau: Ben Shelton (USA/1) Brakes Rinky Hijikata (AUS) Luca Nardi (ITA) 6:2 2:6 7:5 Paul Jubb (GBR) Maximilian Marterer (GER) 6:1 6:2 Adam Walton (AUS) Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 7:5 6 :2 Adrian Mannarino (FRA/3) Freilos Alex Michelsen (USA) Nuno Borges (POR) 6:3 7:6 (7/4)

Sebastian Ofner (AUT)

Jaume Munar (ESP)

3:6 6:4 7:6 (7/4)

Luciano Darderi (ITA/5)

Pedro Martinez Portero (ESP)

7:5 7:5

Jakub Mensik (CZE)

Christopher Eubanks (USA/8)

6:3 3:6 6:1

Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Gijs Brouwer (NED)

7:6 (7/4) 7:6 (7/5)

Alexander Schewtschenko (KAZ)

Constant Lestienne (FRA)

7:5 7:6 (7/5)

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI/4)

Freilos

Gael Monfils (FRA/6)

Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6:2 7:6 (7/3) Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 7:6 (7/4) 4:6 7:6 (7/3) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) ) Taro Daniel (JPN) 6:1 6:0 Ugo Humbert (FRA/2) Freilos
2024-06-25 18:45:00
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