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James McGee on the brink of French Open berth

Updated: Friday, 23 May 2014 14:36 | Comments

James McGee reached his highest ever world ranking earlier this month
James McGee reached his highest ever world ranking earlier this month

Ireland’s James McGee is one win away from a place at the French Open after overcoming Guido Pella in straight sets in Paris.

McGee capitalised on Pella’s poor serving to record a 6-4 6-1 victory over the Argentinean at Roland Garros.

The Irish number one, who defeated Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos in three sets in the first round of the qualifiers, raced to a 4-1 lead but struggled to close out the set.       

McGee, who trails Pella by more than a hundred places in the world rankings at number 244, broke his opponent twice in the second set and held his serve to advance with considerable ease.

The 27-year-old faces Italian world number 174 Andrea Arnaboldi on Friday as he bids to become the first Irishman to reach the main draw at the French Open since Sean Sorensen in 1982.

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