Australia’s Jordan Thompson has lost his first final at the ATP level going down to France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-6(7), 6-2.
The pair had met on three occasions with Mannarino winning twice on grass and Thompson had won earlier in the year on Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, a hardcourt.
The French world no. 44 was 0-6 in ATP level finals going into the s-Hertogenbosch final against Thompson the world no. 62.
Mannarino got off to the best start possible when he broke to love. He would however surrender his advantage in the sixth game.
The first set would be decided in a tie-breaker however Thompson had set points that he failed to convert.
After failing to take his chances in the first set Thompson faded in the second set and it was Mannarino that charged to his first title from seven attempts. The title takes the Frenchman to no. 34 in the rankings.
“People are going to stop talking [about my finals record],” said Mannarino. “In France, we have another player, Julien Benneteau, who lost 10 finals and never won a title. Every time I was losing a [final] I was on my way to Benneteau… This is a big achievement for me. I am not pretending to be Top 10 or anything. Winning a title on the ATP Tour level is already something amazing for me and I cannot be more thankful to all the people who helped me get to this title.”
Thompson who now enters the top 50 with the no. 46 ranking said “[I am] feeling disappointed to lose in that final, but I am very happy to make my first final. It was a great week for me… I really took advantage of playing well on the grass. It is disappointing to lose in the final, but a great week nonetheless.”