Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: Come on Juan in Auckland
Monaco sends King-Turner out
Jan 10, 2007
By Alan Granville at the ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland
Dan King-Turner admitted the gap in class was too big on Wednesday after he lost 6-3 6-3 to Juan Monaco in the first round of the Heineken Open.
The Kiwi number one, with a world ranking of 456 compared to his opponents 71, showed flashes of good play but in the end he failed to convert his chances against the Argentine qualifier.
Monaco in particular preyed on King-Turner's second serve, with the Kiwi winning only 33 per cent of points on it.
King-Turner, who now lives in London, was broken in his first service game. His hopes were temporarily lifted after the third game when Monaco called the trainer on to court due to a shin problem and the Kiwi broke back to 3-3.
But after that Monaco stepped up his game to take the first set in 34 minutes.
King-Turner got his second set off to a flier, breaking the Argentine in the third game before holding to go 3-1 up. But yet again he let Monaco back into the match as he rattled off the next five games to take the match.
King-Turner said the opposition was a lot tougher than what he is used to.
"It's a different game out there. The way he was hitting the ball from the baseline was getting up a lot higher than I am used to, physically it was a lot tougher than what I am used to," said the 22-year-old.
"These guys play these matches week in, week out. They get used to hitting the ball like that and that's something I have to get used to."
He did take some positives from the match.
"I played the way I wanted too, I was pretty aggressive, I tried to take the game to him and it was a good experience."
King-Turner is aiming to break inside the top 300 at the end of the year.
"I think it's a realistic goal if I keep improving the way that I am. This has been a great opportunity. This sets me up well for the rest of the year playing a tough match at the start."
Monaco will now face Olivier Rochus in the second round while King-Turner is back onto court in the evening doubles on Wednesday along side Jarkko Nieminen as they face the Kiwi pairing of Oliver and Rubin Statham.
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Roger FedererJuan MonacoFernando VerdascoRichard GasquetGael MonfilsTommy Robredo