Wimbledon r1: Mannarino def Niland 46 64 76 46 64

06-21-2011, 05:16 PM
Niland had a double break in 5th :lol:

06-21-2011, 05:17 PM

06-21-2011, 05:17 PM
All that work and he gets Fed next :lol:

Javier Bardem
06-21-2011, 05:17 PM
goddamn, Niland had this and the crowd was all over Mannarino. Then he just fell apart

06-21-2011, 05:20 PM
incredible choke :spit: Conor :tape:

06-21-2011, 05:20 PM
epic stuff, but god, Conor, that was your match. :yeah: Adrian

06-21-2011, 05:21 PM
a paddy fails in england

not a new story

Filo V.
06-21-2011, 05:22 PM
YES, Adrian. THAT is the fighting that I've been waiting to see from him. Down *4-1 in the fourth and wins 5 straight games to win. He handled his business and did what was required, knowing him he probably was not focused to allow himself to get down and when he regained focus, he got his game together. Surprised it was even this close, as Adrian should have the gamestyle to rip Niland up.

Corey Feldman
06-21-2011, 05:22 PM
pathetic choke in every sense, minute he got broken back for 2-4 knew he'd lose the set 6-4

06-21-2011, 05:22 PM
Redemption from Ward match

06-21-2011, 05:23 PM
F...F...S...Conor :sobbing:

Filo V.
06-21-2011, 05:23 PM
Tiebreak score was 9-7, you should (please :)) edit that into the thread title. Conor was up a mini-break in the tiebreak as well. Niland 2-1 up in sets could have closed it out and I think he would have.

06-21-2011, 05:24 PM
Probably a chance once in lifetime to play Federer at Wimbledon on Center Court and he chokes it away.He might not get any sleep the next couple of days.

Hewitt =Legend
06-21-2011, 05:25 PM
Tough break for Niland, big opportunity here. Needs to keep working hard so these chances will come again.

06-21-2011, 05:26 PM
Congrat Adrian!:D

Alléz :D

06-21-2011, 05:36 PM

amazing fight back! i left at 1-4 down in the 5th and assumed i'd see it was done, so happy i was wrong

06-21-2011, 05:45 PM
Nice choke, loser.

06-21-2011, 05:46 PM
Too bad see clownarino win.

06-21-2011, 05:47 PM
niland is the one who lost 5 games in a row and yet adrian is the clown?

mystic ice cube
06-21-2011, 05:53 PM
No need for members to spew hatred in this thread. Niland gave a good fight - and he was the underdog. No shame to see him lose, although it was really gutting in the end.

Hope he gets more opportunities in slams.

06-21-2011, 06:01 PM
Not the first time Mannarino comes back like this :) Cool.

06-21-2011, 06:06 PM
Choking a double break in the 5th set against a french is enough of a reason to retire

06-21-2011, 08:05 PM
Great fight from Adrian :worship: Figured he would choke it away when he got broken serving for the third set, and then when he was down the double break. Glad he proved me wrong :worship:

Sorry Conor :hug:

Henry Chinaski
06-21-2011, 09:39 PM
Niland looked the better player for the entire match until the choke. It wasn't totally unexpected given that serve is the weakest part of his game. Mannarino also upped his level quite a bit and started playing a bit more aggressively like he had nothing to lose. Niland had been the aggressor all match up til that point.

He was so pumped out there, he just ran out of energy.

Good tournament for him but you should never lose from a double break up on grass.

06-22-2011, 12:39 AM

06-22-2011, 01:08 AM
Typical Niland. He did the same thing in Queens qualifying.

Could be ranked much higher.

Henry Chinaski
06-22-2011, 01:19 AM
some quotes here. He never really beats himself up in these situations:

TENNIS: THERE ARE stacks of paper falling off the desk, blizzards of statistics to explain how Ireland’s Conor Niland let slip a 4-1 lead in the fifth set and saw his dream of a second round match at Wimbledon against Roger Federer slip away.

The 29-year-old Limerick man, who has soldiered alone for years on the world circuit to build up a ranking and achieve his ambition of playing in a Grand Slam tournaments, was so close to grasping his opportunity to advance before finally letting go yesterday afternoon on court 17 as a large Irish crowd with tricolours and rugby shirts howled and whooped at every stroke.

Niland came in after the match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and could have spoken about a third set that took 70 minutes and offered him opportunities.

He could have spoken about the blustery conditions around the outside court, the long run he has had qualifying and playing in Nottingham, qualifying and playing at Queen’s and qualifying and playing in Wimbledon.

He could have spoken about the disparity in ranking, his 181 to Mannarino’s 55 but the 29-year-old knew that he had one foot on a court with the 16-times Grand Slam winner Federer before it fell away. The fifth set sits like an aberration. Leading 4-1, serving for 5-1 and eventually losing it 6-4 was a lesson hard learned.

“Yeah I’m really disappointed,” said the Irish number one.

“It’s still a great experience. The last whole week has been really amazing, apart from the last 15 minutes which kind of spoiled it. I will try and not let that kind of affect the whole memory of it too much. But yeah, it’s a pity, a pity I didn’t come through.

“I’ve played enough tennis matches to know the lead in a big match like that can sometimes get away from you,” he added.

“I didn’t feel that nervous but I definitely started to make more errors and started to make unforced errors. He played a good game at 4-1 which gave him a little bit of momentum. But obviously I stopped playing the way I had been.”

The match fluctuated wildly and neither player could really put light between the other. Niland though took the first set after dominating his serve and threatening that of Mannarino. Earning eight break points he finally closed out the set 4-6.

In the second set the French player reversed the trend and started to catch the Niland serve. He earned six service break points and after 42 minutes had levelled 1-1.

His left-handed served kicked wildly towards the crowd and his flicking forehand had Niland scrambling. But the Irishman was easily equal to the challenge and although he lost the third set on a tie break after holding three break points on the Mannarino serve at 6-5 and serving for the set in the tie break, he somehow gathered himself and struck back.

Taking the fourth set 4-6 the match narrowed. Neither player giving ground. It had become one of those classic Wimbledon duels.

Both were offering up their serves to the other but when it came to the fifth set, it was Niland who just forced the shots too often long and too often wide. They were fine margins and even as he led 4-1 in the fifth set the match remained very much alive.

A forehand long in the eighth game and another wide in the ninth gave Mannarino hope. He fed off it and when it came down to the end game a Niland backhand at the net drifted over the line for 6-4, the Frenchman winning in exactly four hours.

“I think I did a really good job of coming out in the fourth,” said Niland. “I could have gotten down on myself so I did a good job of getting an early break and winning that fourth set.

“I gave myself a really good chance to win it. I played some really good tennis. It was a bit of a scrappy match with the wind and he was kind of an unconventional player and obviously with it being and unusual kind of situation with me as well . . but I enjoyed it. It’s just a pity.”

“Now I’m going to take a couple of weeks off. My hip was pretty sore the last couple of days but it didn’t affect me today. I’m going to rest that. I don’t know if I’ll play a tournament before Davis Cup (July) so maybe Davis Cup is my next event.”

What he can take into that Davis Cup match against Tunisia in Dublin is that despite his rank, he knows he is not outclassed by players more than 100 places higher than him in the rankings. He has shown courage, ability, a fearless can-do attitude that many players would do well to follow. Also a way forward for Irish tennis.

When he lamented the fact before yesterday’s match that he had no Irish role models in his tennis world growing up, it didn’t occur to Niland that he is exactly the player to fill that gap.

06-22-2011, 04:06 AM
Good, this Mannarino has guts. Federer will skin and boil him alive though :(