Pedro Martinez, number 109 in the ATP rankings, won his fourth victory at the 1000 Masters in Rome on Tuesday and, after overcoming three qualifying matches, he entered the second round at the cost of an American gray Sam Querrey, number 46, whom he beat 6-3 and 7-6 (3).
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In the silence of a deserted field 3 of the Foro Italico, since the tournament is played without an audience due to the coronavirus pandemic, Martínez needed an hour and forty minutes to get rid of a little bright Querrey and with physical difficulties.
The 23-year-old Alcira player was flawless in converting his break chances. He had one in the fourth game of the first quarter and took advantage of it to take a 3-1 lead and close it 6-3 and converted the second in the second set, at a key moment because he was losing 4-2 and had just given up his serve.
Thence, Martínez forced the tiebreaker and sentenced the duel with a final 7-3 To reach the second round at the Foro Italico, in which Canadian Denis Shapovalov, number 14 in the ATP ranking, awaits, he won 6-2, 6-3 against Argentine Guido Pella.
Davidovich, eliminated in the first round
Alexander Davidovich, number 70 in the ATP ranking, was eliminated this Tuesday in the first round of the 1000 Masters in Rome by Serbian Dusan Lajovic (25), who beat him 6-4, 6-4.
After reaching the knockout stages of the US Open, in which he lost to German Alexander Zverev, ultimately a finalist, Davidovich arrived in Rome last week and made it through three qualifying rounds, before interrupting his path this Tuesday in field 2 of the Foro Italico.
His executioner was Lajovic, with whom he was measured for the first time in his career and fell in one hour and 44 minutes, in a duel from which he left with regrets, especially for wasting the slump suffered by his rival in the second set.
The man from Malaga lost 6-4 the first quarter and, despite delivering the serve at the beginning of the second, managed to recover the break in the sixth game and equalized 3-3 against an opponent who was losing brilliance and speed.
However, Davidovich was unable to maintain his serve in the next game and then lost concentration. He threw his racket out of frustration and gave up the second set 6-4.
In the next round, Lajovic will face the winner of the duel between Canadian Milos Raonic, number 19 in the ranking, and French Adrian Mannarino, number 39.