1-0 Arnoldi starts well, winning a long rally and hitting a nice backhand pass. Blue keeps the service at 0
1-1 Gould Papirin on serve, it starts with a double fault. The Australian was overtaken by a backhand error from Arnoldi and kept the innings at 15 runs.
2-1 Arnoldi is very aggressive, trying to play deep but making mistakes with his backhand and going down 30-15. A volley solves Blue’s problems, and he closes out the game with an ace
3-1 Great response from Arnoldi, who took advantage of his opponent’s panicked seconds to make it 30-0. Matteo scored again with a forehand to win three break points and the Italian broke in the third game.
3-2 Papirin reacts immediately to fly 40, winning three counter break balls and converting the first balls: Australian counter break in fifth game
3-3 Papirin opens with a successful serve to go 30-0 before Arnoldi makes another forehand with a forehand error. The Australian then held serve at 0 to level the score in the first set
At 4-3 Arnoldi shook himself off serve and flew to 40-0
4-4 Popyrin starts with a successful serve, but Arnoldi takes advantage during the game to equalize (30-30). Part continues to lead: Matteo wins a break point, canceled by the Australian, who barely manages to hold serve.
5-4 Arnoldi scores with a forehand and a double fault brings Paprin back into the game, who recovers but is hit by Matteo’s backhand drive. However, Neelam sends his forehand and takes the game to the advantage, where he takes home one more piece.
Arnoldi won the first set at 5-5. Matteo tries to pressure his opponent in response and flies 30-0 with a good point at the net. Another error from Popyrin gives the Italian three set points, though all are canceled out by the Australian. Two service wins give Popyrin the lead
6-5 Papirin starts to serve well, Arnoldi tries to impose his own rhythm but runs into tough defense from the Australian, who wins two break points, both canceled out by Matteo. Blue gets out of trouble with an ace and holds serve
Arnoldi won the first set 7-5. Papirin misses with a forehand early in the game, then hits a cross and a successful serve. A sensational error at the Australian’s net brings Arnold back into the game, but he misses with his forearm. Neelam didn’t give up and won another set point, the fourth of the match, this time converted by Arnoldi, who won the first set 7-5.
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