It has been about 16 months since Dudi Sela played for the last time and tonight (Tuesday) the Israeli tennis player qualified for the second qualifying round at Wimbledon when he defeated the British Stuart Parker 4: 6, 6: 3, 5: 7, after a short thriller in the decisive battle. In the next round he will meet the winner between the Japanese Isotaka Ochiama (116 in the world) or the British Ryan Peniston (367).
The 36-year-old Israeli, who is ranked 314th in the world and has not played at all since March 2, 2020, managed to get a break during the first set, in a 4: 4 situation, and then went on to win the set. In the second set he made a bad start, broke already in his first serve game and fell behind 4: 1, from there he was no longer able to recover.
The third act was completely close. In a 4: 4 situation, Sela managed to save three break points to win the game and stay in business. In the end, the Israeli broke with a 5: 6 advantage and the only breaking point he had in the entire campaign on the way to a beautiful victory.