SINGAPORE: More than 6,000 tennis fans turned up at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday to catch the inaugural ’Clash of the Continents’ tournament.
Four world—class tennis players battled it out round—robin style for the glory of their continents and the prize money of US$520,000.
In the opening game, Europe’s Janko Tipsarevic raced into an early 3—0 lead against North America’s Sam Querrey.
The American was also fighting jet—lag after only arriving in Singapore late Friday night.
The world number 22 surprised everyone by fighting back and forcing a tie—break in the first set.
A wrong call by the linesman prompted Tipsarevic to protest to the umpire, who reversed the call.
Tipsarevic eventually proved too strong for Querrey, taking the match 7—6, 6—2.
In the next match, South America’s Juan Monaco took on Asia’s Kei Nishikori.
The two players were evenly matched in the first set, breaking each other’s serve in the first two games.
The Argentinian took the first set despite Nishikori’s 4—1 lead in the tie—break.
Monaco went on to win the second set and the game 7—6, 6—2.
In the next two matches, Asia’s Nishikori beat a struggling Querrey 6—3, 6—4 to win his first match of the tournament.
Tipsarevic continued his fine form as he won his second match of the day.
He beat Monaco 10—5 in the deciding tie—break after both players won one set each.
The players will play their final matches on Sunday.
Querrey will face Monaco, to seek his first win of the tournament, and Tipsarevic will take on Nishikori.