Photo: Ron C. Angle
Marcos bowed out at the second-round stage in Metz on Wednesday as he fell to third seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3.
Breaks were exchanged in the first set before Marcos rallied from a 3-5 deficit in the subsequent tie-break to clinch the opener after 56 minutes. The second set was another closely fought contest, with Marcos denied on three break point chances before surrendering his serve in the 12th game as Dolgopolov forced a decider. One break of serve sufficed in the third set for Dolgopolov as he clinched victory in two hours and 20 minutes.
“I played good today and I am happy with my game,” reflected Marcos. “I had my chances in the second set, but did not take them and that cost me the match. I am going to hang in there and the results will come...”
Marcos had been bidding to record his 200th tour-level victory, and will now have to wait until next week when he competes at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011.
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