Fifth seed James Duckworth got his ATP Traralgon Challenger campaign off to the best possible start in cool conditions after downing New Zealand’s Finn Tearney 6-2 6-4 on Monday.
Duckworth was dominant at the baseline from the outset and soon broke his opponent’s serve twice in the first four games to take a 4-0 advantage.
Tearney soon started to find some rhythm and pulled back two games, but could not prevent the Sydney-sider taking the set 6-2.
Duckworth said he was happy to “get that lead and run with it”.
“He was always sort of playing catch-up, which I think worked in my
The second set provided a stiffer test for both competitors as neither player seemed able to break the other until the sixth game when Duckworth pulled ahead.
The match ended when
Duckworth said his opponent lifted as the match went on.
“I was up 6-2 4-2 on my serve and I got a little bit loose on a couple of balls there and let him back in,” he said.
“One match under the belt getting used to the conditions always helps and the next match is going to be tough against Omar,” Duckworth said.
Earlier in the
Jasika said he was glad to get the win.
“The first match is always the toughest – once you get through that you get a bit of momentum,” the
“I think this is definitely a big hurdle for me and hopefully now I get some rhythm and momentum.”