Niland edges past Sorensen
Published 03/10/2011 | 05:00
Conor Niland overcame Louk Sorensen at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Mons, Belgium yesterday as the Irishmen clashed in tournament competition for the first time in their careers.
After a titanic, rollercoaster battle, which lasted two hours and 12 minutes, Niland prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/2). Niland found himself trailing 4-0 after dropping his serve in the first game, but the Limerick man stormed back in superb fashion to win five of the next six games to level at 5-5 before back-to-back mini-breaks provided him with the momentum to take the tie-break and wrap up the first set in 70 minutes.
Sorensen surged into a 2-0 lead in the second set, but Niland took the next two games, and the match subsequently went with serve until the tie-break.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray outclassed American Donald Young 6-2 6-0 to win the Thailand Open.