Sport: Local tennis no.1 Gilles Muller came very close to clinching his first ATP tour win against Andy Roddick in Atlanta on Sunday. Meanwhile, Radioshack Nissan Trek won the team prize at the Tour de France.
Currently ranked 63 in the world, Muller’s appearance in the final of the Atlanta Open was his third ever in an ATP ranked tournament – the last was in Los Angeles in 2005 when he lost to Andre Agassi. The Luxembourger started strong, taking the first set impressively by 6 games to 1. In the second he staved off four set points for Roddick to take the set into a tie-break, but he lost that and Roddick went on to take the third and decisive set 6:2.
Muller admitted that he started to get nervous when it looked as though he may go on to win the match. He said after the match that up until the middle of the second set he was very happy with how he played, but that the problems began when he started to think he might actually win the match. “That's when I got maybe a little bit more tight, and Andy started to play better."
Meanwhile, despite losing Luxembourg star rider Frank Schleck to a positive doping test, team Radioshack Nissan Trek based in the Grand Duchy took the team title at this year’s Tour de France, which finished on Sunday.
TEXT: Duncan Roberts · PHOTO(S): Olivier Minaire (archives)