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WIMBLEDON: Niland in titanic struggle in gripping match

Independent.ie reporters

Published 21/06/2011 | 17:17

Conor Niland has his focus firmly set on winning a place in the World’s top 200
Conor Niland has his focus firmly set on winning a place in the World’s top 200

The first Irish player to qualify for Wimbledon in decades put in a titanic effort today against a classy French opponent.

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Conor Niland - Ireland's top tennis player - was taking-on world number 53, Adrian Mannarino in the first-round at the All-England Club.



Niland won the opening set by six games to four as he left his opponent shell-shocked. Mannarino, however, rediscovered his composure and took the second and – in a gripping tie-break – the third set.



The Limerick man spurned a glorious opportunity to take the third set, after leading by a point during the tie-break.



In the fourth Niland took the lead with an early break of serve.

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