The Spanish Pablo Carreño, twelfth favorite, sank before the Argentine Federico Delbonis (3-6, 6-4 and 6-3), who traced the initial advantage of the Gijón to access the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis.
Carreño closed a black day for Spanish tennis players in Madrid, as only the young Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image he won his match in the men’s tournament. In addition to Carreño, Fernando Verdasco, Carlos Taberner Y Pablo Andújar They were also eliminated this Monday in their debut at the Caja Mágica.
Delbonis, who comes from the previous phase and makes his sixth appearance in the Caja Mágica, showed that he had taken the measure to Pablo Carreño, whom he has already won in four of the six games they have played.
Carreño, winner in Marbella this year and recently semifinalist in Barcelona, got off to a firm start. He overflowed his rival. He won the first set and was 4-0 in the second. It declined from there. Delbonis won six games in a row, turned the tables and tied the game.
Carreño gave the sensation of regaining the pulse of the match in the last set. It was 2-0 and 3-1 and sank again later. He lost the game after two hours of the game.
Delbonis, 77 in the ATP ranking, semifinalist this year in Santiago, will face in the second round against the winner of the match between the American Taylor Fritz and the Spanish Albert Ramos.
Shortly before the elimination of Carreño, Fernando Verdasco also said goodbye to the tournament.
The Chilean Cristian Garin He imposed his longest run and best condition to eliminate the Spanish 6-1 and 6-4 from the Mutua Madrid Open, in the first round of the competition.
The 37-year-old tennis player from Madrid was only able to enjoy the invitation provided by the organization during one match. Verdasco added his eighteenth consecutive appearance at the Masters 1000 in his hometown where he made it into the top eight twice, in 2009 and 2011.
Weighed down by his lack of games and his few hours on the court after passing COVID 19 and sher operated on his right knee last November, Verdasco could not with Garín, who makes his debut at the Caja Mágica. The Spanish, the one who has played the most times at the Mutua Madrid Open, said goodbye in an hour and a half.
The Madrilenian, who has only played two games this year, one at the Maters 1000 in Miami and the other at Estoril, both lost, improved in the second set but could not extend the match.
Garín, who this year won the Santiago tournament, the fifth in his career, will face German Dominik Koepfer in the second round, who beat American Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-4.