writes that the 17-year-old Zsombor Piros beat the two time Orange Bowl winner Israeli Yshai Oliel in three sets in the junior boys’ singles final at Australian Open. He is the second Hungarian male tennis player to win a Grand Slam title after Márton Fucsovics’s success in 2010.

Zsombor started out great, he dominated in the first two games and had several break points. But then Oliel’s game bettered, he managed to break back and achieved a break point against Piros and won the first set by 6:4 in about half an hour.

The 17-year-old Hungarian tennis player played much more easily in the second set, which resulted in a 4:1 lead. He served for the set at 5:3 but he seemed to get nervous and lost control of his serve game. However, he quickly vivificated and was able to break the Israeli’s serve game, thus winning the second set.

In the beginning of the final set, Piros countered three break points, which seemed to give him a lot of confidence. Even though he played passively at times, he played sensibly in most of the points, so he was able to break Oliel at 3:2. From this point on, he didn’t let the leading rein out of his hands and won the final set by 6:3 after a total of 1 hour and 52 minutes of playing.

There was a smaller Hungarian fan group at the 7th court of the Melbourne Park who helped Zsombor to get through the dead points. “I want to congratulate Yshai, it was a great match. I also want to thank everyone for the support, you were the best audience. I hope that you enjoyed the game as much as I did” said the Hungarian boy at the award ceremony.

After Márton Fucsovics’s success at the 2010 Wimbledon, Zsombor Piros is the first Hungarian male tennis player to win a Junior Grand Slam title. The success is even more valuable if we consider that Yshai Oliel won the illustrious second line competition, Orange Bowl, two times. This tournament was formerly won by tennis stars like Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and Bernard Tomic.

Altogether, this is Hungary’s fifth Junior Grand Slam title. The boys have won two titles, while on the girls’ side, Anikó Kapros won Australian open in 2000, Ágnes Szávay won Roland Garros in 2005, and Dalma Gálfi won US Open in 2015.



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