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2014.01.13 10:12

Tennis: Berankis successfully qualified for the next stage of Australian Open

Alex Tigani | The Lithuania Tribune | DELFI2014.01.13 10:12

Alex Tigani | The Lithuania Tribune Tennis star Ričardas Berankis has successfully qualified for next week’s 2014 Australian Open tournament thanks to a third consecutive straight-set victory, this time against Andrej Martin (6:3 6:1).

 Alex Tigani | The Lithuania Tribune

Tennis star Ričardas Berankis has successfully qualified for next week’s 2014 Australian Open tournament thanks to a third consecutive straight-set victory, this time against Andrej Martin (6:3 6:1).

A local (and highly vocal) Lithuanian crowd would help launch the 23-year-old’s momentum early, only to then be matched by his Slovakian opponent’s trademark resilience; levelling the opening passage at 3:3.

Though the opening set remained as a tug-of-war battle between the two Europeans on the clock it would again be Berankis’ day as the Lithuanian Davis Cup star took-out nine of the remaining ten games for the remainder of the match.

Initially hesitant, the athletic Lithuanian also spent time to pose for photos and sign autographs; not only for his “Berankis Brigade” supporter group but also for the general Australian public.

This match brings his total games-winning percentage to a dominating 70 per cent this week following straight set victories over Italian Gianluca Naso (6:2 6:3) and Brazilian veteran Andre Ghem (6:4 6:3).

As a result, Berankis will now play off against Ukrainian star Alexandr Dolgopolov on Monday before a (hopefully) vocal Court 6 crowd (the same venue which saw him make his Men’s tournament debut in 2011).

If successful, Berankis will then face either Frenchman Jeremy Chardy or underdog Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung; depending on the result of their Court 22 clash.

Showcasing his notable ponytail and releasing his record breaking serves, the 25-year-old Ukrainian will enter match as the favourite not only due to his #55 world ranking but due to Australian Open experience which included a quarter-final appearance in what also happened to be Berankis’ debut year.

Locals interested in watching the Lithuanian will be able to purchase ground-pass tickets for $34 (or for $25 if purchased after 5pm) and are recommended to wear green, yellow and red.

Statistics: (Berankis : Martin)

Aces 5:1

Double faults 2:2

1st serves in 31/49 (63 %):23/47 (49 %)

1st serve points won 23/31 (74 %):10/23 (43 %)

2nd serve points won 9/18 (50 %):10/24 (42 %)

Break points won 5/7 (71 %):1/1 (100 %)

Receiving points won 27/47 (57 %):17/49 (35 %)

Winners 5:1

Unforced errors 2:2

Total points won 59:37

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