Otto Virtanen’s French Open match ends in disaster – “These things happen to everyone, it’s part of the game” | game

Finland’s Otto Virtanen’s dream chance at a French Open tennis main draw has come to a screeching halt in a manner rarely seen in professional sports. Due to the withdrawal, Virtanen, who was in the main draw, led 2–0 in the men’s singles 1st round match against Austria’s Filip Mizolik, but the Finn eventually lost 6–4, 6–4, 3–6, 4. –6, 2–6.

Virtanen started the bout strong with his heavy punches.

– It was a good start and the game will be in good shape for a long time. It felt like a routine, both sets went well, Virtanen commented to STT after the match.

– Actually, when I step into the field there are no expectations, I just try to enjoy myself and have fun.

In the third set, Finn lost three of his serves in a row. In the fourth set, however, Virtanen struck with renewed vigor and in a 4-0 situation, the Finn led with a 30-0 lead on his own service change.

– A bit more difficult set then the third and then, from there it was a complete reset and we came very fast to the fourth set and gave a good result in the beginning, he commented.

The balls always came back

However, the good mood at the start of the fourth set was not enough to win. Mizolik withstood the pressure of a tense match better than Virta, winning the set with six straight games and clearly controlling the events of the fifth set against a Finn who had lost his sense of humour.

From Virtanen’s point of view, Misolic seemed to return every ball at the end.

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– Then a bit of pressure started in our own end, then the match changed quickly, and after that we were in big trouble, explained Virtanen.

Finn believes Mizolik deserved the win because he was good in the match even though the loss was already so close.

He himself thought he had a lot to take home. At the same time, Virtanen emphasized that it is never a good idea to leave the race after such a tight defeat. Virtanen expects it will certainly take a few days to recover from what happened.

– At least let’s hope it doesn’t have a negative impact on our own game and move on. These things happen to everyone, it’s part of this game, Virtanen said.

– The only pity is that it coincided with the biggest matches of my career, which is definitely winnable.

Finns still have double hopes

Virtanen, 22, lost in the decisive 3rd round of French Open qualifying last week, but the Finn finally made it to the main draw as a lucky loser. With the Finn ranked 156th in the world and Misolic 243rd, the luck of the draw also favored Virdenez.

For the Finn, it was a sad Monday at the French Open, with Emile Rusuuri losing his opening round match to South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo in three straight sets.

On Tuesday, Harry Heliovara and Ruzuvuri will take on the doubles. Heliovara will play his new British partner Henry Patton in his first Grand Slam match when the pair face the fifth-seeded pair of Santiago Gonzalez/Edouard Roger-Vassili.

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Ruusuvuori and Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics have an even tougher challenge ahead of them as their opponents Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Epton are the pair of second seeds and reigning champions of the Australian Open.

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