Pilot Pen Tennis
Montanes, Zverev Advance To Second Round
New Haven, CT, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
World No. 60 Albert Montanes (pictured) enjoyed a successful start to his Pilot Pen Tennis campaign with a 7-6(5), 7-5 victory over Frenchman Nicolas Devilder in the first round on Sunday in New Haven.
The Spaniard fell second round to Igor Andreev on his debut in New Haven last year. The 27-year-old is contesting his first ATP event since capturing his maiden title at Amersfoort (d. Darcis) in July. He has also reached the quarterfinals at a further three events this season, including at Masters Series Hamburg (l. to Djokovic).
The right-hander goes on to face ninth-seeded Frenchman Marc Gicquel in the second round.
World No. 105 Mischa Zverev also began well on Sunday, knocking out Frenchman Florent Serra 6-2, 7-6(6). The 20-year-old, who is making his debut in New Haven, has made two quarterfinal exits at Rotterdam (d. No. 5 Ferrer, l. to Karlovic) and Umag (l. to Verdasco) this season.
The German now progresses to face fifth-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco, whom he has never played before.
The 24-year-old Czech player is through to the second round for the second time in New Haven. In 2005 he was granted a bye through the first round before falling to Victor Hanescu. This season, the Prague resident has reached one ATP quarterfinal at Costa do Sauipe (l. to Fognini).
Finally, Israeli Dudi Sela ended American wild card Donald Young’s hopes, defeating the 19-year-old 6-4, 6-2. The 22-year-old is making his debut in New Haven. At the start of the month he titled on the ATP Challenger Circuit at Vancouver (d. Kim). He goes through to face top-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.