Dudi Sela’s hopes of reaching the second round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011 were dashed once more on Monday.
The 30-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 85 in the world, led by a set and a break against Dominic Thiem (30), but ultimately lost 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to the rising star from Austria.
Sela dominated the first set, racing to a 3-0 double-break lead in eight minutes. The Israeli also won the first two games of the second set, but the turning point of the match arrived in the seventh game of the set. Sela squandered two break points before losing his cool after the chair umpire ruled a Thiem shot had caught the line to Dudi’s disgust.
“If you didn’t see [that], you are blind,” shouted an outraged Sela at the umpire. Sela failed to reach another break point until the end of the match, with Thiem seizing control and not relinquishing it until he completed the win with an ace.
Yoni Erlich is the only remaining Israeli at Wimbledon after advancing to the second round of the doubles tournament on Monday. Erlich and German Philipp Petzschner beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
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