When Bernard Tomic and Dudi Sela completed a three-setter in 65 minutes

Bernard Tomic and Dudi Sela played a lightning-fast duel in Newport 2018

by Jovica Ilic
When Bernard Tomic and Dudi Sela completed a three-setter in 65 minutes
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Bernard Tomic and Dudi Sela played an incredible match in Newport 2018. Sela claimed a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory, delivering his 25th ATP triumph on grass. The result is not strange, but this encounter is extraordinary because they wrapped it up in 65 minutes!

Dudi got broken two times in the second set. He delivered three breaks in sets one and three, playing well in the decider and moving over the top in no time. Tomic qualified for the main draw, but his level in this match could not follow that performance.

The Aussie dropped 40% of the points in his games, playing well in the second set and losing ground in the decider. Sela lost just five points on serve in the opening set. He broke Tomic at love in game six with a volley winner at the net.

Dudi clinched the set with a service winner at 5-3, wrapping up the opener and gaining a boost. Bernard found his A-game in the second set, sailing through his service games and earning a break in game four after Dudi's backhand error.

Bernard Tomic and Dudi Sela played a super-fast match in Newport 2018.

The Israeli hit a double fault in game six to fall 5-1 behind, and the Aussie closed the set with three service winners a few minutes later to arrange a decider.

Sela instantly recovered in set number three, serving well and keeping the pressure on Tomic, who could not endure it. Tomic got broken at love in game two when his slice found the net. Dudi sealed the deal with a backhand down the line winner in game eight, earning another break and sealing the deal.

Both players kept the points as short as possible, delivering only one deuce in 24 games and completing every set in under 25 minutes! Competing a three-setter in 65 minutes is a rare feat. Dudi and Bernard met the criteria, avoiding long points and games and rejecting the extended exchanges on the fastest surface.

The winner of each set had a clear advantage, with no proper response from the other side. They embraced 124 points, and only eight reached the ninth shot. The Israeli had a clear advantage in the mid-range rallies from five to eight strokes, taking 20 out of 32, which gave him the crucial lead.

Eighty-four points (67,7% of all the points) landed in the shortest range up to four strokes, including 38 service winners and nine double faults. Sela prevailed 44-40, keeping everything fast and simple, especially in the decider.

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