Photo: Veljko Martinović


Nino Serdarušić played a great match against Elias Ymer but unfortunately ended his performance in the second round of the 3rd ATP Challenger Split Open with a defeat in three sets. Thus, Croatian tennis was left without a representative in the individual competition.



Although in the final set he was the first to make a "break" for a 3:2 lead, Serdarušić failed to keep it. Moreover, he lost four consecutive games, and with them the match with the result 7:6 (2), 5:7, 6:3 after two hours and 40 minutes of great struggle. Nina was offered a helping hand on Ymer's service for the match, he was given a "break" opportunity, but he did not use it.

- It's too bad that I lost the service after the "break", the wind didn't help as well, but what can be done. I had a chance in the last game too, but he served three good points in a row. I played better in some moments and I'm really sorry for this match - Nino was inconsolable and he didn't manage to add another good scalp after the triumph over Coppejans in the first round.


Thus, he finished both Challengers in Split in the second round, but that is also an improvement since before coming to the city, he had only one victory in the whole year.

"Maybe next week I'll rest or go to Rome for the Challenger, I'll see." The current scoring system is very poorly made, but we, players, do not have the right to vote. It’s hard to progress, with winning the tournament you move only 20 places. I hope for the qualifications of Roland Garros, but it will be necessary to make a good result for that - added Serdarušić, who later in the day is waiting for the continuation of the duel of the first round of doubles in which he won the first set against Andrej Golubev and Aleksandar Nedovyesov.



Nino Serdarušić (Cro, WC) – Elias Ymer (Šve) 6:7 (2), 7:5, 3:6