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Roland-Garros 2024: Ofner loses to unpleasant Moutet

In what was expected to be an unpleasant match, Sebastian Ofner had to admit defeat to the unconventional Frenchman Corentin Moutet in four sets in the third round of the 2024 French Open.

by Dietmar Kaspar
last edit: Jun 01, 2024, 12:46 am

Despite a great fight, Sebastian Ofner's tank was empty at some point during the match.
© Jürgen Hasenkopf
Despite a great fight, Sebastian Ofner's tank was empty at some point during the match.

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Almost as usual in the tournament so far , the Styrian Sebastian Ofner got off to a cold start in the third round match at Roland Garros against the Frenchman Corentin Moutet and had to give up his serve in the very first game. But this time the Austrian No. 1 fought his way back into the match more quickly and managed to equalize immediately after being 0-2 down. Ofner continued with his consistent baseline game and did not let himself be thrown off track by his opponent's antics in the form of underarm serves and the like. After breaking to take a 5-3 lead, the 28-year-old confidently served home the first set.

With the momentum behind him, Ofner kept his foot on the gas and earned three break chances in his opponent's first service game, but he left them unused. The Styrian also earned three opportunities in his opponent's second service game and this time he took hold. Despite the Austrian's break lead, Moutet managed to get back into the set and tied the score by winning four games in a row.

In the third set, Ofner is behind 0:3 due to a double break. The Austrian is increasingly feeling the strain of the last two matches and the pressure of his opponent's unconventional style of play. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old pulls himself together and is able to return twice to equalize at 4:4. After losing two games in a row, Ofner still has to give up the third set.

Ofner's strength is now waning and the Austrian is finding it increasingly difficult to run to his opponent's numerous stop balls. After quickly falling behind 0:5, Ofner is able to score again in the set before having to congratulate his opponent on his 3:6, 6:4, 6:4, 6:1 victory after 2 hours and 47 minutes.

In the round of 16, Moutet will face the No. 2 seeded South Tyrolean Jannik Sinner, who won in three sets against Pavel Kotov from Russia with 6:4, 6:4, 6:4.

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by Dietmar Kaspar

May 31, 2024, 11:28 pm
last edit: Jun 01, 2024, 12:46 am