Dudi Sela will have to wait at least one more year to realize his dream of winning an ATP event in Israel after being knocked out in the semifinals of the Israel Open Challenger Tour tournament in Ra’anana on Saturday.
After crushing countryman Amir Weintraub 6-0, 6-1 in 43 minutes in the quarterfinals on Friday, Sela, ranked No. 84 in the world and seeded No. 2, battled Ricardas Berankis for two hours and five minutes on Saturday, only to lose 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Sela’s break point conversion rate ultimately cost him dearly, with the Israeli only utilizing one of 14 opportunities against the Lithuanian, ranked No. 86.