Ireland’s Sam Barry has been beaten by number one seed Albano Olivetti in the semi-finals of the FBD Irish Open at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club.
The Frenchman defeated Barry 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in an exciting encounter.
Barry started well, breaking Olivetti’s serve in the fifth game. The Limerick man went on to win the set, easily winning his service games, while also hitting some great forehand winners.
The decisive moment of the match came at 5-5 in the second set.
Barry had two break points on Olivetti’s serve, but the 6’8’’ Frenchman hammered down an ace and executed an angled volley to avoid the break and went on to close out the game.
The set was decided by a tie-break, with Olivetti recording a comfortable 7-2 success.
Barry dropped his serve for the only time in the match in the third game of the final set when an errant forehand sailed out, with Olivetti winning his remaining service games to take the set 6-4.
In the other semi-final, Daniel Cox beat his British compatriot Tom Farquharson 6-4 6-4.
Cox, who had yet to drop a set in the tournament, began the match the stronger, breaking the third seed’s serve in the third game.
Farquharson’s game improved and he had chances to level the match at 5-5 but Cox fought off the break points to win the opening set 6–4.
Farquharson, who beat Daniel Glancy in the quarter-finals, broke the second seed’s serve to lead 3-1 in the second set before handing initiative straight back to Cox as he then failed to hold. However, the second seed went on to break Farquharson again before serving out the match to earn a place in Saturday’s final.
In the doubles final, Colin O’Brien and John Morrissey won the tournament in an exciting final beating Marcus Daniell and Richard Gabb in a championship tie-break 6-4 6-7 (1-7) 10-7.