After seeing Benjamin Bonzi being dominated in three sets by Jan-Lennard Struff despite two match points, Adrian Mannarino had his back to the wall entering the field against Oscar Otte. A failure would have marked the defeat of the France team. The 47th in the world held his nerves perfectly and brought the score level, easily beating the German (52nd), 6-4, 6-3, in 1h21. The double, which will oppose Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech to Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz, will therefore decide the outcome of the meeting.
Without dominating outrageously, “Manna” has constantly shown himself a notch above his opponent. In particular in the service (67% of first balls and no threat of break to dismiss) and in backhand, of which he hid the trajectory perfectly, by using in particular wisely the amortization. He signed his first break in the seventh game of the first set, thanks to a passing forehand and a backhand attack.
The second came in the fifth game of the second set, where a forehand block, a backhand passing and a pair of lobs made the difference. Sure of his fact, Mannarino was then never worried about his serve and concluded the game with yet another amortized backhand. His 26th winning move of the match.