Ofner Seeks Maiden Tour-Level Crown At Mallorca Championships

Sebastian Ofner (photo: Manuel Queimadelos/Quality Sport Images)


Sebastian Ofner and Alejandro Tabilo will compete in Saturday’s singles final of the Mallorca Championships by waterdrop. Ofner ended the run of British qualifier Paul Jubb in the stage of the last four on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Austrian fired 15 aces, saved both break points he faced and converted two of his own three break-point chances to secure a 6-4, 7-5 victory in one hour and 22 minutes.

“It feels great,” said Ofner after reaching his first championship match on the ATP Tour. “Reaching my first final is something special. I am very happy about my performances on the grass here.”

Tabilo takes out Monfils

Earlier in the day, Tabilo rallied from a set down to overcome French veteran Gael Monfils 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(3). The No. 4 seed of the ATP 250 grass-court event being held at the Mallorca Country Club in Santa Ponca, Calvia won 53 per cent of the total points played to prevail after one hour and 54 minutes.

The 27-year-old Tabilo joins Jaime Fillol Sr. as the only Chilean men in the Open Era to reach tour-level finals on clay, grass and hard courts.

“I couldn’t have even imagined the first week of the year, winning my first ATP [title],” said Tabilo, who lifted his maiden trophy on the ATP Tour in Auckland. “We are here now and hopefully we can keep going with this level.”

World No. 54 Ofner won the only previous meeting with Tabilo in the qualifying of the Australian Open last year and is bidding for his first tour-level title. “It will be a difficult match against a lefty. He has played a great season and is full of confidence. Let’s see but I am looking forward to the final,” said Ofner.