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Mankad run ends

Bangalore: Harsh Mankadís fine run ended Friday when he lost in the semi-final of the Indian Oil Servo ATP Challenger to Frenchman Gregory Carraz.

The 23-year-old from Mumbai had his chances but failed to deliver when it mattered most, going down to the second seed, 6-7 (3-7), 6-7 (6-8) in an absorbing two-hour encounter.

In the end, the booming serves of the 28-year-old Frenchman made the difference.

Mankad, who was the lone Indian left in the fray, started on a promising note breaking Carraz, but dropped his own serve immediately.

In the tie-breaker, Carraz was outstanding, giving no chance to Mankad.

In the second set tie-break, Mankad staged a comeback after being 1-4 down. Carraz, however, his nerve and walked away with the match.

Carraz will meet eighth seeded Gilles Elseneer of Belgium in the final, who beat Ivo Heuberger of Switzerland 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Meanwhile, the duo of Yves Allegro (Switzerland) and Jean-Francois Bachelot (France) made the doubles final beating Noam Okun (Israel) and Arvind Parmar (England) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) in the semi-final.

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