Olivetti Edges Nolan at Ireland F1 Futures

by John on July 18, 2017

Top seed Albano Olivetti, ranked No. 308 in the world, edged Australian Daniel Nolan 7-5, 7-6 (7) in the opening round of the Ireland F1 Futures in Dublin earlier today. The big-serving Frenchman had spent a long day of travel yesterday after losing in the final of the France F15 Futures in Corsica on Sunday. Olivetti arrived in Dublin all right, but his bags didn’t, necessitating some scrambling to get ready for his first round match. The 6-foot-8 Olivetti, who didn’t attempt to qualify for Wimbledon, has been working to hone his game and develop winning ways on the ITF Futures circuit of late. Since the end of March he’s had quite a bit of success, reaching four finals (winning two) and three semifinals. Olivetti had his big serve going today, hitting 20 aces and landing 68 percent of his first deliveries. He won 82 percent of the points on those first serves. Neither player faced a break point through the first 10 games of the opening set. Nolan blinked first, offering up the first break point opportunity in the 11th game. Olivetti jumped on the chance for the break and then held to take the first set. Nolan captured the first break of the second set to go up 3-1, but his advantage was short-lived as Olivetti broke right back. The Australian saved four break points in the sixth game to stay even at 3-3. Service prevailed through the next six games to force a tiebreaker. Nolan led 4-1 and had a set point at 6-5, but Olivetti won mini-breaks on the 12th and 16th points to take the set and match. The Australian hit three aces and won 63 percent of his fist service points, while saving four of six break points. Olivetti, who improved to 35-17 on the year, defended two of three break points. The Frenchman takes on Ryan James Storrie of Great Britain in the second round tomorrow.

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