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Mark Lajal eliminated from tournament in Winnipeg | News

Mark Lajal eliminated from tournament in Winnipeg | News
Mark Lajal eliminated from tournament in Winnipeg | News

Estonia’s best tennis player Mark Lajal has been eliminated from the ATP Challenger 75 tournament in Winnipeg, Canada, after losing 7:5, 4:6, 6:3 to Philip Sekulic (Australia).

Lajal came through the qualifications first by beating American Ryan Seggerman in three sets and then Japanese Hiroki Moriya in three sets.

In his first match against Sekulic, who is 27 places above Lajal in the ATP rankings, the Estonian took an early lead after a break. However, he could not hold on to his lead in the first set and in the deciding set, with Sekulic eventually claiming the final victory on his fourth match point.

Although Lajal hit around 10 aces during the match, his first serve success rate was only 55 percent. He allowed his opponent 18 break points, which the opponent converted in four cases.

Until recently, Lajal was a seasoned player, but his international profile increased significantly when he played against the reigning Wimbledon champion and world number three Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) in the first round of the Wimbledon Championship last week.

Although he was eliminated, the 21-year-old Lajal played a good match by leading Alcaraz to a tiebreak in the first set and losing the second set by only 7-5.

This makes him Estonia’s most prominent tennis player, after Anett Kontaveit retired from tennis last year and experienced player Kaia Kanepi failed to qualify for Wimbledon this year.

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