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Albot nails tweener lob and later saves three match points
Published Feb 25, 2021
Sometimes, things just happen to go your way. Just ask Radu Albot.
The Moldovan reached the quarterfinals of the Singapore Tennis Open, but not without a bit of flair and drama in his comeback victory over Yannick Hanfmann.
Down a set, Albot pulled off the shot of the day when he came up with the above tweener lob for a winner.
Needless to say, Hanfmann poked fun on Twitter in not being impressed.
Later in the second set, Albot faced two match points on his serve at 4-5, 15-40. The 31-year-old erased both, and would wipe away the German's third opportunity to close the door at 6-7 in their second tie-break of the day.
Hanfmann went up an early break in the deciding set, but Albot dug in again, winning the final five games to complete the comeback, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (7), 6-3, after two hours and 42 minutes.
His reward is a clash with top seed Adrian Mannarino.