Tennis

Published on January 24th, 2014 | by John Lyons

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Frustrated Lama laments ugly defeat

Promising Chilean tennis player Gonzalo Lama couldn’t hide his frustration after letting the biggest victory of his career slip through his fingers.

Colombia – The 20-year-old had four match points against world number 87 Alejandro Falla in the second round of the Challenger of Bucaramanga, but he couldn’t take them.

Instead, it was the Colombian who went on to take victory in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. It would have been a big scalp for Lama, who is more than 200 places below his opponent at 296.

In his Twitter account, Lama wrote: “What an ugly feeling. Thanks for all the messages of support that you’ve sent me. Next week it’s Davis Cup and there’s to give it everything.”

One consolation for Lama is that he will rise above compatriot Hans Podlipnik (295) to become the second-ranked Chilean player due to the points he picked up in Bucaramanga.

Now Lama can begin to think about the Davis Cup match against Barbados that begins next Friday, January 31. With Chilean number one Paul Capdeville ruled out through injury, Lama will be the highest ranked played in the match.

Christian Garín, Podlipnik and Jorge Aguilar will team up with Lama for the away tie.

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