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Wimbledon: Niland loses after titanic battle with French opponent

Published 21/06/2011 | 18:45

Conor Niland (right) shakes hands with France's Adrian Mannarino following his defeat at Wimbledon
Conor Niland (right) shakes hands with France's Adrian Mannarino following his defeat at Wimbledon

The first Irish player to qualify for Wimbledon in decades lost a pulsating encounter against a classy French opponent today.

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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.

Niland won the fourth set to level the scores and take the game into a fifth set.

However Mannarino managed to scrape through in the end winning the fifth set 6-4.

Mannarino wins 4-6 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 6-4



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