Wednesday 17 January 2018

Niland edges past Sorensen

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.

Irish Independent

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