Olivetti Edges De Schepper at Montpellier in Battle of French Tall Boys

by John on February 5, 2014

Albano Olivetti

Frenchman Albano Olivetti defeated fellow countryman Kenny De Schepper 4-6, 7-6 (2). 6-4 in the first round of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier Tuesday night. Both Olivetti and De Shepper stand 6-feet-8 — only Ivo Karlovic (6-11) and John Isner (6-10) are taller — and serve big. In Olivetti’s case, really big. The 22-year-old Olivetti has the second fastest recorded serve at 160 mph and bombed a 145-mph missile last night. There weren’t very many rallies in the third meeting between the two as serving dominated. De Schepper, ranked No. 82, won 77 percent of the points on his first and second serves and Olivetti 75 percent. Olivetti, No. 249 in the world, improved to 1-2 against his countryman. De Schepper broke serve in the ninth game of the first set and Olivetti in the first game of the third for the only breaks of the match. Olivetti got two mini-breaks at 3-2 in the tiebreaker and won it handily on his serve. Olivetti, who won three qualifying matches to advance to the first round, hit 14 aces while upping his record to 4-4 in main-draw competition. The big Frenchman served 56 aces in the qualies. Olivetti will play the winner of today’s clash between Julien Benneteau and Nikolay Davydenko in the second round tomorrow.

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