Three Spanish players will search this Sunday in the preview for one of the seven places still to be assigned for the main draw in the preliminary phase of the Mutua Madrid Open. Roberto Carballés, Carlos Taberner and Pablo Andújar they won their respective first round matches, while Bernabé Zapatá and Carlos Gimeno could not do the same and were eliminated.
Carballés was the earliest, with a reliable victory against the young 22-year-old Finn Emil Russuvuori, who he beat by a resounding 6-2, 6-3. The man from Tenerife will face Italian Marco Cecchinato. Later, Taberner lifted a match point in the second-set tiebreaker and went on to beat third-seed Australian Jordan Thompson 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2. It will be measured with the Italian Lorenzo Musetti. Andújar closed the good day of the Navy with a victory on the fast track and clean against the Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin (6-3 and 6-4). They will face Italian Stefano Travaglia, who passed Cain's to beat Gimeno 5-7, 6-1 and 7-5. The Valencian held up to 5-5 in the third set and then conceded a queibre that he could not match.
Results | @atptour Q1
🇪🇸Carballés d 🇫🇮Ruusuvuori 62 63
🇮🇹Musetti d 🇲🇩Albot 63 64
🇯🇵Nishioka d 🇺🇾Cuevas 64 64
🇺🇸Giron d 🇧🇷Monteiro 64 67 76
🇮🇹Mager d 🇧🇾Gerasimov 64 63
🇫🇷Herbert d 🇺🇸Sandgren 63 62
🇮🇹Cecchinato d 🇺🇸Tiafoe 76 62
🇪🇸Taberner d 🇦🇺Thompson 36 75 62@atptour | #MMOPEN
– #MMOPEN (@MutuaMadridOpen) May 1, 2021
Zapata was also unlucky in his duel against the very tough and experienced Argentine Federico Delbonis, who won in two tiebreakers of the same score: double 7-6 (5). For the rest, the Serbian Laslo Djere (1st) and the Americans Tennys Sandgren (4th), Frances Tiafoe (5th) and Sebastián Korda (6th) fell. Marcos Girón saved the bad American day.
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