Slovak tennis player Alex Molčan failed in the 3rd round of singles at the US Open. The Grand Slam debutant lost to Argentine Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 4: 6, 3: 6, 3: 6 as the qualifier of the tournament team. Despite the loss, he reached a significant milestone.
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Alex Molčan during the match of the 3rd round of the US Open against Diego Schwartzman.
Right at the premiere in the main competition at one of the Big Four events, he advanced to the elite thirty-two.
In the online edition of the world rankings, he ranks 116th, which is his new career maximum. The finalist of the ATP tournament in Belgrade takes home a $ 180,000 pre-tax bonus from Flushing Meadows.
In the introductory game, Molčan lost his own passage with a clean game, but immediately countered the ribs and kept pace with the favorite in the first set. In the end, however, Schwartzman celebrated the success, who took Molčan’s service for the second time in the match at 4: 4.
The Argentine made less unforced mistakes in long exchanges, he could change the rhythm of the game and help himself with a quality forehand.
At the beginning of the second act, Molčan led 2: 1, but Schwartzman then won four games in a row. Although Molčan reduced the opponent’s lead to 3: 5, he subsequently lost the serve again.
In the third set, Schwartzman bounced back to Molčan 5: 3 thanks to a break in the eighth game, and the match was already successfully completed. Last year’s semifinalist Roland Garros turned the first swordball after a stop volleyball. Slovak tennis also lost its last iron in the single at the US Open.
After the match, Molčan admitted that Schwartzman was a tough nut to crack.
“It was a very difficult match today. Diego played almost flawlessly, he moved very well on the court. If I gave him a chance, he took advantage of it right away. I made more mistakes today, but of course it was also due to the fact that he played very solid.
It had good stroke length and accuracy. I tried too hard to come up with something. In any case, I am very satisfied with the overall performance at this year’s US Open.
I only take positives from New York and I will work on myself to be better, “said coach Ladislav Simon’s client.
Men’s Singles – Round 3:
Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (ARG.-11) – Alex MOLCAN (SR) 6: 4, 6: 3, 6: 3