6-7(6)/7-5/4-6 in three hours.
Frustrating. Ivan was winable and without his serve, 16 aces, he would have been beaten. I missed some games when i come back home but saw most part of the match.
1set: Both saved 1 BP on their opening service game and then held easily until 5-6 where Arno had to save 2 MP. Tie-break: Ivan hit 3 aces on his 3 first serves
and was up 5-1 but Arno come back to 5-5 to made a DF. He saved an other MP on Ivan's serve to finally lose on his own serve
2set: Arnaud was very frustrated and went to 40-00 down on his serve in opening game. He saved only two. while Ivan was serving for the set Arno broke back and broke again to close the set. From 3-5 to 7-5
3set: Arno was broken at 1-1. At 3-5, he saved 2 MP but no miracle then, Ljubicic closed the match 6-4.
It was not an horrible first match on clay but Ivan was not really good and against clay players he will suffer. Casabanca was an open tournament the others will be tough for him. Well an other loose in first round
. The clay season will be really painful to follow.
2nd set outfit
3rd set outfit
And a zoom on face
And from official website