Sebastian Ofner falls short against Zhang Zhizhen in Halle Tournament

Sebastian Ofner falls short against Zhang Zhizhen in Halle Tournament

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One week after his first round exit in Stuttgart, Sebastian Ofner (ATP-52.) also failed in the opening match of the grass tournament in Halle with prize money of 2.4 million euros. The 28-year-old Styrian had to admit defeat to the Chinese Zhang Zhizhen, number 42 in the world, on Monday after a hard fight with 6:7 (8/10) 7:6 (7/3) 4:6. In the round of 16, Zhang will face the winner of the match between Daniil Medvedev (RUS/3) and Nuno Borges (POR).

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In an overall balanced match, the Styrian had to admit defeat in the tiebreak of the first set. Things had only gotten tricky in the third game, when Ofner had to fend off three break points. In the tiebreak, Zhang later converted the first set point after 0:52 minutes.

The second set continued in a similar way, with no break chances on the first serve. Another tiebreak was the logical consequence. This time Ofner started confidently, broke the Chinese player’s serve twice and pulled ahead to 5:1. He missed the first set point, but didn’t let the second one slip away.

IMAGO/pepphoto/ Horst Mauelshagen Zhang Zhizhen had the better end in the duel with Sebastian Ofner

After the set was tied, the game was no easier for Ofner, who had also narrowly lost 6:7 (4/7) 6:7 ​​(5/7) in the first round in Stuttgart against Briton Jack Draper. He conceded the decisive and only break of the match to make it 2:3. The Styrian was unable to make a comeback. After 2 hours and 24 minutes, the match was over with the second match point. For Ofner, the match continues next week in Mallorca, where Dominic Thiem will also compete thanks to a wildcard.

2024-06-17 14:31:27
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