Locals advance in Argentina Open
2/14/2018 2:58:49 AM EST
Diego Schwartzman completed a hat trick of Argentinian victories Tuesday at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.
Schwartzman, the fifth seed, sailed past Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 6-3 in a first-round match at the clay-court event.
Earlier in the day, Argentina's Leonardo Mayer rallied to beat Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, and Argentina's Horacio Zeballos topped Italian qualifier Marco Cecchinato 6-1, 6-4.
Schwartzman pulled away by converting five of seven break points. Haider-Maurer won two of his four break points.
In other opening-round action Tuesday, France's Gael Monfils routed seventh-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-1, 6-4 in 64 minutes.
Neither player registered an ace in the match, but Monfils won 77 percent of his first-serve points and saved both break points he faced. Monfils also won all three of his break opportunities on Cuevas' serve.
The top four seeds all received byes in the event. In second-round action Wednesday, No. 1 Dominic Thiem of Austria will play Zeballos, and No. 3 Alberto Ramos-Vinolas of Spain will oppose Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.
The second round is scheduled to conclude Thursday with matches including No. 2 Pablo Carreno Busta against Spanish countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and No. 4 Fabio Fognini of Italy facing Mayer.
--Field Level Media