Tennis: Sela falters in semis

Sela, ranked No. 75 in the world, was playing in his first semi since January 2010 and was surely confident of overcoming his inferiorly ranked opponent,Marinko Matosevic.

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March 5, 2012 06:06
Dudi Sela

Dudi Sela 390 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Dudi Sela lamented his performance in the semifinals of the Delray Beach International in Florida on Saturday after falling to a heartbreaking 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7) defeat to Marinko Matosevic, failing in his bid to reach a first ATP Tour final since September 2008.

Sela, ranked No. 75 in the world, was playing in his first semi since January 2010 and was surely confident of overcoming his inferiorly ranked opponent, who he had beaten in their previous three meetings.

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However, despite winning one point more than Matosevic (173) in the match, coming back from 5-2 down in the first and third sets, Sela capitalized on just four of 17 break points and came up painfully short in the decisive breaker.

“I didn’t play my tennis and be aggressive and try to win the point,” Sela said. “I was trying not to lose the point, and that’s what happened. I felt that I played much better than him and ended up losing.

“A semifinalist, that’s good, but of course I would love to be in the final. Maybe next year.”

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