Nolan’s run continues in Mornington
Victorian teenager Daniel Nolan reaches the quarterfinals in Mornington after a marathon win.
Victorian Daniel Nolan has continued his impressive run at the Mornington Peninsula Tennis International #2, advancing to the quarterfinals.
The 19-year-old bundled out top seed Gavin van Peperzeel in the opening round and backed that up on Thursday, winning a nearly-four-hour marathon against Calum Puttergill, 7-5 6-7(5) 7-5.
From the first game of the match, which saw half a dozen deuces, the tone was set as both players dug in and provided a highly entertaining spectacle right to the last point.
“It was a high quality match from both of us and there was nothing in it towards the end,” Nolan said. “It was just down to a couple of points here and there where I managed to get the better of him, and a bit of luck maybe came my way as well.”
Nolan had the opportunity to serve out the match at 5-3 in the deciding set but Puttergill was able to fight his way back before the young Victorian was finally able to seal the win.
“It did hurt losing that game. I had a couple of chances, match points, but once I held serve again I felt a lot better. I’ve been working on a lot of mental stuff at the moment, so that helped me a lot.”
Now into his third ITF Futures quarterfinal, Nolan meets Chris O’Connell after the No.6 seed dispatched Long Nguyen 6-0 6-0 in under an hour.
“It’s been a really good week and hopefully I can keep it going,” Nolan said.
Second seed Maverick Banes bowed out on Thursday, losing to the resurgent Greg Jones who now comes up against Victorian Dayne Kelly on Friday.
The remaining quarterfinals feature last week’s Mornington titlist Andrew Whittington against Marc Polmans and Brad Mousley taking on last year’s winner, Kiwi Jose Statham.