Tom Jarvis was knocked out by Germany’s Steffen Mengel in the last 16 after earlier picking up one of the best wins of his career as he defeated world No 35 Jonathan Groth at the WTT Feeder Stockholm.
Groth was the fourth seed and started well by taking the first game, but Jarvis found his game part way through the second, recovering from 7-3 down to win it 12-10 on his second game point.
He took the third as well but saw his Danish opponent hit back to level and force a decider. Jarvis only trailed at 3-2 but the match was anyone’s for the taking at 8-8. Two successive points put the Englishman on the brink and he won on his second match point.
Jarvis, currently ranked No 163, then received a bye through the last 32 when Sweden’s Hampus Soderlund withdrew injured after winning his match in the round of 64.
Jarvis faced Mengel of Germany in the last 16. Against an opponent currently ranked 420, but who was inside the top 130 only a year ago and has been a top-30 player in the past, Jarvis was always kept at arm’s length and Mengel won in three to move into a quarter-final against Kirill Gerassimenko (KAZ).
Neither Sam Walker nor David McBeath could win their last-64 matches, losing in three to Kazuki Hamada (JPN, WR 319) and Dimitrije Levajac of Serbia (WR 279) respectively.
Jarvis & Walker did reach the doubles quarter-finals, thanks to a routine 3-0 win over opponents from Puerto Rico.
They faced top seeds Mattias Falck & Krisitian Karlsson of Sweden, and gave a thoroughly decent account of themselves, losing a tight first and then leading throughout the second to level up.
They led 9-6 in the third, but saw their opponents reel off five in a row to move back in front. In the fourth, the English pair fought back from 7-1 down to 7-7 but were never able to get in front as they lost that one 11-9 as well.
The match is scheduled for 4.35pm UK time on Thursday, on Table 1. Watch on the WTT YouTube channel.
Walker was competing in the Mixed Doubles alongside Slovakia’s Tatiana Kukulkova, but they were defeated in the last 16 by Falck & Linda Bergstrom of the host nation.
It was a close match in which Walker & Kukulkova saved two match points – at 10-9 and 13-12 – in taking the fourth 15-13, but they were well beaten 11-2 in the decider.
Round of 64
Tom Jarvis bt Jonathan Groth (DEN) 3-2 (6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9)
Dimitrije Levajac (SRB) bt David McBeath 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-7)
Kazuki Hamada (JPN) bt Sam Walker 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-7)
Round of 32
Jarvis bt Hampus Soderlund (SWE) 3-0 (w/o)
Round of 16
Steffen Mengel (GER) bt Jarvis 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-5)
Round of 16
Tom Jarvis & Sam Walker bt Jabdiel Torres & Angel Naranjo (PUR) 3-0 (11-3, 11-6, 11-8)
Mattias Falck & Kristian Karlsson (SWE) bt Jarvis & Walker 3-1 (11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9)
Round of 16
Mattias Falck & Linda Bergstrom (SWE) bt Sam Walker & Tatiana Kukulkova (SVK) 3-2 (6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 13-15, 11-2)