It’s another tough Sunday for hard-luck Frenchman Juliean Benneteau. Seeking a first ATP title, the 31-year-old Benneteau couldn’t convert a matchpoint and lost to the 77th-ranked Joao Sousa 26, 75, 64 in the Kuala Lumpur final played earlier today.
Benneteau’s now lost his first nine ATP finals he’s played, tying him with countryman Cedric Pioline for most initial losses in championship matches.
“I tried everything today… I played very well, particularly I was very aggressive and I didn’t let him play for two sets almost,” said Benneteau. “At 5-4, I had match point and I played the point perfectly… He made the passing shot down the line, with his forehand.”
“I took my chance, it didn’t pay off and it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s very hard. But it’s sport,” said Benneteau. “It’s tough because I was leading the match, but this is tennis. You have to win some key points.”
Afterward, a disconsolate Benneteau, trying to forget yet another missed opportunity, tweeted this:
Pour oublier…. pic.twitter.com/ksvamlVwbD
— julien benneteau (@julienbenneteau) September 29, 2013
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