It didn’t work out for Felipe Meligeni in the Australian Open qualifier. Although he had a good game this Monday against the Austrian Sebastian Ofner, he failed to take advantage of the chances in the first set and ended up surpassed by 2-0, being eliminated with the final score of 7/6 (8-6) and 6 /4, after 1h33 of confrontation.
The first set escaped from the hands of Felipe, who had the only break-points of the dispute. In the eighth game, he pressed his rival’s serve, but missed the four chances he had. The match went to a tiebreak and the team from Campinas reached 6-4, lost two set-points, one of them with the service, did not win any more points and was beaten in the partial.
The match remained even in the second half, but this time Meligeni didn’t have a chance to break even. In the second game, he needed to save five break-points, but then he continued until he was pressed at 4/5. Not being able to lose the service in order not to lose the game, he even went from 15-40, saving two match-points, but he couldn’t resist the third.
Although he scored 12 more aces (16 to 4), Ofner did not perform as well with the serve (71% to 68%), but this difference was enough for him to add twice as many break-points (8 to 4) and get the only break in the game. The Austrian managed more than twice as many winning balls (33 to 14) and committed only two more unforced errors (19 to 17).