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Barry and Thomson reach q-finals
22 Jul 2015 22:10
It was a good day for the Irish at the FBD Men’s Irish Open at Fitzwilliam LTC in Dublin as both Sam Barry and Bjorn Thomson recorded victory in their second-round encounters.
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Barry, who has reached the semi-finals of the event for the last two years, was in impressive form as he beat Julian Cash 6-3 6-3 in a match where he did not have to face a single break point.
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Barry’s serve was on song throughout and he combined an impressive service performance with superb touch around the net to ultimately break down his British opponent.
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While Barry was undoubtedly impressive, performance of the day must surely go to his compatriot Thomson.
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The 17-year-old eliminated top seed Hugo Nys of France, ranked 1600 places above him in the world rankings, 6-3 6-1.
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Thomson’s ability to retrieve everything his opponent threw at him delighted the crowd and frustrated his opponent in equal measure, and he will look to continue his impressive form in tomorrow’s quarter-finals.
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In the other singles match of the day with Irish interest there was disappointment for Down’s Peter Bothwell, who came unstuck against the talented Frenchman Mick Lescure.
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However, Bothwell can take heart from what was a spirited performance against a player who currently sits 500 rungs above him on the ATP world rankings ladder, pushing him to a tiebreak in the first set before eventually going down 7-6 6-2.
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Dan Evans, Jamie Whiteford, Lloyd Glasspool, Tom Farquharson and Daniel Smethurst also progressed to the quarter-finals stage of the tournament.
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