Olivetti Defeats Guez to Win Israel F10 Futures at Kiryat Shmona

by John on June 17, 2017

Top seed Albano Olivetti defeated fellow Frenchman and No. 2 seed David Guez 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Israel F10 Futures at Kiryat Shmona earlier today. Olivetti improved to 2-0 against Guez in head-to-head meetings, while winning his second Futures title of the year and fifth of his career. The big-serving Olivetti, ranked No. 299 in the world, won at Sozopol (Bulgaria) last month. With today’s win, Olivetti, 25, upped his record to 26-14 for the year. The 6-foot-8 Olivetti landed 64 percent of his first deliveries and won 79 percent of those service points. He hit eight aces and double-faulted just twice. Guez, a 34-year-old veteran, who has 23 Futures and three Challenger titles to his credit, stayed close, but won only 50 percent of the points on his first serve. That contributed greatly to his downfall. Olivetti was masterful on his returns, winning 38 points against the Guez serve overall, and breaking his compatriot five times. He parlayed service breaks in the seventh and ninth games of the first set to take the opener in 40 minutes. Guez, ranked No. 353, got his nose out in front in the second set, breaking in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. The edge was fleeting, however, as Olivetti broke back immediately and then again in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Guez answered with a break of his own for 5-4, but succumbed when Olivetti captured his fifth break of the match three games later. It was over in one hour and 43 minutes. Olivetti saved three of five break points and Guez four of nine.

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