The Alcireño Pedro Martínez Portero is closer to assaulting the world Top100 after achieving the first triumph of his career in the first Masters 1000 that he disputed. The number 109 of the ATP ranking on Tuesday chained his fourth victory at the 1,000 Masters in Rome (where he had to play the preliminary phase) and got into the second round at the expense of a gray American Sam Querrey, number 46, whom he won by 6-3 and 7-6 (3).
In the silence of a deserted field 3 of the Foro Italico, as the tournament is played without an audience due to the coronavirus pandemic, Martinez Goalkeeper, who already knows what it’s like to play main draw matches of grand slam tournaments (he won for the first time this year in Australia in his fourth match in a ‘big’), It took him an hour and forty minutes to get rid of a little shiny and physically challenged Querrey, and add his first victory in a Masters 1000, after having stayed in the qualifying phase in Cincinnati.
The 23-year-old Alzira was impeccable when it came to converting his breaking 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.
From there, Martínez forced the tiebreaker and sentenced the duel with a final 7-3 to reach the second round at the Foro Italico, in which He will face the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, number 14 of the ATP ranking, who won this Tuesday by 6-2 and 6-3 the Argentine Guido Pella.
The Canadian left-hander has just reached the first quarter-finals in a Grand Slam, which he achieved at the United States Open the first quarter-finals of his career, where he was eliminated in five sets by Pablo Carreño.
Worse luck ran the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich, number 70 in the ATP ranking and that also came from the previous phase, that was eliminated by Serbian Dusan Lajovic (n.25), who beat him 6-4 and 6-4, in the first match between the two.
After reaching the knockout stages of the United States Open, in which he lost to German Alexander Zverev, ultimately a finalist, Davidovich 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 hold 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.
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