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Barry, Dudley and Glancy progress
22 Jul 2014 19:07
There were victories for three of the eight Irish players in action on the opening day of the FBD Irish Open at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.
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Local hope Rob Dudley was an impressive 7-5, 6-3 winner against Simon Ede of Australia.
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Dudley started tentatively and was 5-3 down in the opening set before rattling off seven consecutive games which ensured he wrapped up the first set and gained a strong foothold in the second.
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The wildcard entry displayed composure and consistency along with excellent net play to progress to the second round.
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Number one seed Sam Barry utilised his big serve well in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over compatriot Peter Bothwell in the only all-Irish clash.
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The other Irish winner was seventh seed Daniel Glancy.
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The Mayo native beat Britain’s Isaac Stoute 6-4, 6-2. Glancy was very consistent and tactically astute, while Stoute’s play was blighted by numerous unforced errors.
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David O’Hare, who has just begun his career as a professional, made a promising start before being eliminated by fourth seed Yannick Jankovits on a 6-7 (7-2), 6-4, 6-3 scoreline.
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The Dubliner led 4-2 in the second set before a series of unforced errors allowed the Frenchman back into the match. Jankovits proceeded to win four games in a row to win the second set and clinically closed out the match.
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Bruce Strachan saw off Brendan Dempsey 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. The Dubliner, who came through qualifying, recorded an early break of serve as Strachan struggled to get going. However, after surviving a second break of serve, the Scot warmed to the task, and prevailed in the tie-breaker before cantering to an ultimately comfortable success.
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The unorthodox Nicolas Rosenzweig hammered number one Irish junior Bjorn Thomson 6-1, 6-2. The ambidextrous Frenchman is a tricky opponent as he utilises a forehand on each wing and serves with both hands.
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Alan Gleeson was another Irish wildcard to fall at the first hurdle as he struggled to deal with the raw power of Britain’s Sam Hutt. The world number 1308 fired a barrage of unreturnable serves en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
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