Michalis Pervolarakis did not manage to overcome the obstacle of Aleksandar Kovacevic, staying out of the main board in the Challenger of Cleveland.
The 24-year-old Greek tennis player, who is at No. 463 in the world rankings, was defeated by Kovacevic, No. 537, 6-4, 6-2, in the 2nd and last qualifying round of the Cleveland Open.
Pervolarakis had entered with his right hand in the Challenger of the “80” category that is hosted in the indoor hard courts of Cleveland in Ohio, USA, beating the American Ryan Shane, with 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2.
In the final round of the qualifiers, he could not overcome the obstacle of Kovacevic, who also represents the United States, being left out mainly on the board.
The 1st set was very closed and Pervolarakis had the opportunity to lead with a break, but lost 3 break points in the 5th game and was left behind with 2-3. Then he erased a break point to equalize at 3-3, but in the 10th game the American had a second chance and this time he used it to make it 6-4.
In the 2nd set, Kovacevic had less pressure on his shoulders, making a break for 2-0. Pervolarakis made a break back in the 3rd game (2-1), but the 22-year-old responded with a new break, to regain the upper hand and “escape” with 3-1. Kovacevic did not lose control again, who was ahead until the end and in the 8th game made another break, to “seal” the qualification after 90 minutes of play.