Otte Tops Olivetti at Germany F1 Futures in Schwieberdingen

by John on January 15, 2016

A. Olivetti

German Oscar Otte defeated Albano Olivetti (above) 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-5 in the second round of the Germany F1 Futures in Schwieberdingen yesterday afternoon, ending the Frenchman’s otherwise very good week on the comeback trail. Schwieberdingen was Olivetti’s first tournament since Wimbledon 2014, after which the big-serving Frenchman suffered an injury in an auto accident sidelining him for 18 months. Unranked, the 6-foot-8 Olivetti won three qualifying matches in straight sets and then a first-round encounter against Fran Zvonimir Zgombic (6-3, 6-3) on Wednesday before meeting the No. 7 seed Otte. Olivetti gave a good account of himself, serving 26 aces and holding two break points against Otte’s service at 5-5 in the third set, poised to serve for the match. The first set was razor tight, with no breaks of serve and Olivetti’s two mini-breaks to Otte’s one in the tiebreaker being the difference. Rust started to show in the Frenchman’s game in the second set as the big guy’s first service percentage dropped to 48 percent compared to 65 percent in the first. Otte’s breaks in the fourth and eighth games were all the German needed to level the match. The third set proceeded on serve with no break points until the aforementioned 11th game, when Olivetti had Otte down 15-40 on the German’s serve. Olivetti saved three match points in the next game before succumbing on the fourth. It was over in two hours and nine minutes. Otte served nine aces and won 81 percent of the points on both his first and second serves. Olivetti won 88 percent of his first service points, but just 45 percent of his second. Otte saved four of four break points, Olivetti four of seven. Olivetti looks to get a wild card for the France F2 Futures at Bressuire next week as his climb back up the rankings continues.

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