By Andreas Vou
PETROS Chrysochos’ run in the boys’ singles at Roland Garros was brought to an abrupt end after the young Cypriot lost 6-1 6-2 in his third round matchup against Andrey Rublev.
The 18-year-old from Larnaca went into yesterday’s match on the back of some impressive showings in the previous two rounds where he defeated Theo Fournerie of France and Nino Serdarusic of Croatia.
However, he was rapidly brought back down to earth with a ruthless display from Rublev as the Russian raced into a 4-0 lead before polishing off the first set 6-1 in just under 25 minutes.
Along with Stefan Kozlov, Rublev had defeated Chryochos and his partner in the second round of the doubles tournament the day before, and it seemed to have given the Russian a psychological edge over his opponent.
After Rublev claimed the first game of the second set, Chrysochos was given a chance to recollect his thoughts and regain focus as the match was suspended for several hours due to rain.
It served as little help, however, as the Russian star, ranked No.4 in the junior rankiings, continued in the same manner as he had in the first set.
The second set ended 6-2, in just a minute longer than the first set had taken, sending Chrysochos out of the tournament in an unexpectedly one-sided affair.
Despite the manner of the defeat which is certain to disappoint a self-demanding competitor, Chrysochos can leave the tournament with his head held high and takes the vital experience into his upcoming challenges.
Big things had been expected of the Cypriot due to his excellent streak going into the tournament after having won the ITF Futures Tournament in Egypt, his first pro tournament win, as well as the Astrid Bowl in Charleroi in the last month, but it was not to be this time around.