South Africa's Nik Scholtz conceded that he was unable to wrest
initiative from Denmark's wily campaigner, Frederik Nielsen who signed
off a 6-4 6-2 6-3 straight-sets winner in their Group II Euro/Africa
third-round showdown at the Ceres Park & Arena, Aarhus,
Denmark on Friday.
Scholtz said he knew he would be up against it because Nielsen had an incredible record playing
was up against a Wimbledon doubles champion today and there were
elements of doubles play
that he used to good effect in our match," said Scholtz.
"He did a few
magical things out there and even though the final scoreline looks like
it could have been one-sided it was not the case. He was just so good in
"I had a few chances to break, but somehow he managed to dictate play. I tried to be aggressive
but he just kept coming at me.
"It's hard to prepare to play against someone like him because you don't know how he is going
to play and he has an extraordinary range.
"He did well to hit the ball early whenever he chose to and there was nothing I could do with
some of his return of serves.
"In the end, I didn't just roll over. I kept on fighting but I am disappointed with this performance.
"The good thing is that I know what must be done before we play the reverse singles."
Scholtz won the battle of the aces with a 6-4 count but unlike some of the good with five double
faults in their clash which lasted 101 minutes.
In the later rubber, South Africa's No 1 Lloyd Harris goes up against Denmarks' No 2 Benjamin
Hannestad and will be looking to save the day for his country.