Tabatruong Upsets Olivetti to Win French F7 Futures

by John on March 26, 2017

Qualifier Maxime Tabatruong saved two match points in the second set and rallied from a break down in the third to upset fellow Frenchman Albano Olivetti 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the final of the France F7 Futures in Villers-les-Nancy Sunday afternoon. Tabatruong improved to 14-8 on the year, while evening his record to 1-1 against the fifth-seeded Olivetti. The title was the third of the 27-year-old qualifier’s career, all on the Futures circuit. Tabatruong played tenacious tennis throughout the 2-hour and 31-minute contest, never backing down and pressuring Olivetti’s serve relentlessly. The big-serving Olivetti blasted 23 aces and saved 12 of 14 break points, but contributed to his demise with 15 double faults. Tabatruong had four aces and double-faulted five times. Despite serving up nine of his double faults in the first set, Olivetti won the opener with a lone break, that coming in the 10th game. Olivetti needed to save five break points in the first game and four in the seventh to hold serve throughout. Both players held serve six times each to force a tiebreaker in the second set, although Tabatruong, with nerves of steel, had to save two match points at 4-5 to keep the contest going. Olivetti suffered the lone mini-break in the tie-break serving at 5-6 to knot the match at a set apiece. Tabatruong dropped serve in the opening game of the third set and trailed 3-1 and 4-2. Olivetti, serving at 4-3 and having held 14 straight times despite needing to erase 12 break points to do so, appeared poised to serve it out and seal the win. It was not to be. Tabatruong broke at love in the 8th game and at 15 in the 10th to complete the stunning upset. Olivetti dropped to 9-8 on the year with the disappointing loss.

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