The Nigerian player, who battled really hard during the encounter which lasted about 1hr 40mins, could not survive the firepower of his more experienced opponent, succumbing to a 4-6, 3-6 loss.
|In spite of all his efforts, Sylvester could not make it past the first round of the Tombim Abuja Open|
Another Nigerian on the day, Emmanuel Emeruwa, was seriously overpowered by his opponent, Benjamin Lock from Zimbabwe, who won in two straight sets of 6-1, 6-1.
Emeruwa stood no chance against the tournament's number seven seed and was conquered in just 40 minutes for which the contest lasted.
Focus will now be shifted to the second round of matches which will kick off by 10am on Wednesday, May 3, as the remaining Nigerians in the tournament will try to make something out of their matches.