Incredible turnaround for Florent Lambiet, this Monday morning, in Doha, as part of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament! Opposed to the Italian Bobocica, the 25-year-old Liege, world No. 104, was led three sets to zero (5-11, 13-15, 5-11) by the No. 123 when he made a fantastic comeback.
Florent Lambiet has, in fact, aligned four victorious sets. The first two by 11-9 and 11-5 to return to 2-3. The tension was mounting and the suspense came to a head when the Italian led 8-10 in the sixth set. So two match points! Both saved by Florent. And, at 10-10, the referee inflicted a yellow card and a penalty point on the Italian for delaying delivery (11-10).
Then, 12-10 in favor of our compatriot and 3-3 in the number of sets!
On his way, Florent Lambiet followed by winning the seventh set (11-6) to reach the semi-finals of this Olympic qualifying tournament. There he will meet the surprising Russian Sidorenko, 18 years old and world n ° 186.
This Sunday, the Liege was the only Belgian survivor of the preliminary rounds, winning his two matches. The first, against Qatari Al-Mohannadi, unranked, with a score of 4-0 (13-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-7) and the second, against Iranian Alamiyan, no. 73, winning by 4-1 (11-3, 11-8, 13-11, 9-11, 11-7).