Krajinovic Upends Crowd Favorite Mahut


Open Sud de France, Montpellier

[72] Filip Krajinovic (SRB) vs. [195] Nicolas Mahut (FRA)

Mahut, once ranked as high as thirty-seven in singles, is now no longer considered a threat; however, in doubles he is still a formidable opponent with his current rank of three. His shaky confidence in singles was apparent in the first set tiebreak when he sent a forehand right back to his opponent and then missed an easy volley (that cost him the set and the match).

It was also apparent when he had opportunities and he played tentatively instead of with conviction. Krajinovic is not really playing with a ton of confidence either; however, being the younger player, he took advantage of the tentative shots from his opponent and was able to capitalize when it mattered. The Serbian was the better mover and served well when it was required.

Nicolas Mahut (serveandrally original)

It took a lot for the Frenchman to hang with his younger opponent in the first set. Winning the first set was more crucial for him than the Serbian. Clearly frustrated by the result of his poor shot selections, and unable to change his strategy, Mahut started to fatigue in the longer rallies. His plan to keep the points short did not work either because he struggled to effectively execute his shots.

One break in the second set was all Krajinovic needed to secure the straight set victory. Although Mahut had chances to perhaps extend the match, he could not capitalize. Not willing to allow the Frenchman back into the match, the Serbian fought with determination to hold on to his serve and the lead.

Filip Krajinovic (serveandrally original)

Krajinovic wobbled slightly at the end when he served for the match; however, he quickly righted himself with some excellent first serves and crushed the hopes of the French crowd that Mahut would get to the second round. The Serbian won 7-6(7), 6-4.

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