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Abedallah Shelbayh follows Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune in the ATP Banja Luka order.
At the ATP 250 competition in Banja Luka, 19-year-old Abedallah Shelbayh made history that will last a lifetime. The rising star beat Elias Ymer 6-1, 7-5 in the opening round to become the first Jordanian to win an ATP match and advance to the main draw!
He is also the fourth player born in 2003 to do so, joining Luca Nardi, Holger Rune, and Carlos Alcaraz. As an alternate, a well-known junior who practices at Rafa Nadal‘s tennis facility entered the qualifying round. Abedallah advanced to the main draw after eliminating Lukas Klein 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 23 minutes after defeating Fabian Marozsan 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in the first qualifying round.
The young gun had five breaks from nine chances to sail over the top and take control of the main action but was broken twice. Elias made it into the main draw as well, but he had no chance against Abedallah, who won in an hour and 31 minutes.
Prior to the Swede’s comeback in set number two, the Jordanian had a strong start in the first match.
Abedallah Shelbayh, 19, has advanced to the Banja Luka second round.
Before Shelbayh won five straight games to secure the victory in straight sets and leave his country’s history, Ymer established a 5-1 lead.
In the opening match, Abedallah had a strong start and secured a break. In game three, he defeated the opponent at love before Ymer recovered with a break in game four to cut the lead to 3-1. Shelbayh put the sloppy serve game behind him and broke for the third time in a row to take a 4-1 lead. He then held in the subsequent break to increase the lead.
Elias served to stay in the set at 1-5 but took the fourth consecutive break, quickly giving the set to his opponent. At the start of the second set, the Swiss secured a hold and gained momentum. In game three, Ymer broke at love to take the lead and held at 15 in game four to secure a 3-1 victory.
In game five, the Jordanian lost his momentum and had yet another setback. In game six, Elias successfully fended off numerous break opportunities to build a sizable 5-1 lead that gave him hope of forcing a decider. The young gun held in the following game for 4-5 and broke serve in game eight to extend the match.
In game eleven, Ymer served for the set a second time but was broken once more, ruining his chances and giving the opponent a chance to win. Abedallah won game 11 by holding at 15 to take the lead and went on to win six more games to win the championship at 6-5!
Elias had a few game points to institute a tie-breaking procedure, but he wasted them. The Jordanian won on his first match point aged 19 and achieved a great outcome.