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Disappointed Scholtz vows to make amends in reverse

2017-09-15 22:23
Nik Scholtz (BLD Communications)

Aarhus- 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 indoors.

"I 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 these conditions.

"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.

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