PORTUGAL OPEN 2013
Former Finalist Robredo To Face Haase; Fast-Rising Qualifier Upsets Benneteau
by ATP Staff|
Eighth seed Tommy Robredo, who was runner-up to Gaston Gaudio in 2005, reached the Portugal Open second round on Tuesday.
Robredo defeated fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to set up a meeting against qualifier Robin Haase. Two weeks ago, Robredo captured his 11th ATP World Tour title at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca (d. Anderson).
“It is always good to play well, after an injury or not, but I am enjoying playing tennis again,” said Robredo. “I hope I can keep winning matches. Although my physical conditioning isn’t what it was, I still train the know-how that what I am doing is effective.”
Haase improved to 8-11 on the year after a hard-fought 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Pablo Andujar.
Pablo Carreno-Busta is a player on the rise. At the start of 2013, he was ranked No. 654 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. After winning seven ITF Futures titles, he is now the World No. 228. After ATP World Tour match wins on the clay of Casablanca and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, the 21-year-old Spaniard recorded his biggest win to date on Tuesday.
Seventh seed Horacio Zeballos was also a casualty. This year’s VTR Open titlist, one of six Argentines in the Top 100, lost to local wild card and World No. 113 Gastao Elias 6-3, 6-4 in 83 minutes. It was Elias' first career ATP World Tour main draw win (his previous two wins were in Davis Cup) and first in Oeiras (1-4).
Albert Ramos avenged his Brasil Open 2013 loss to Carlos Berlocq with a 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3 win in two hours and 36 minutes. Ramos saved nine of 16 break points to set up a second round clash against second seed Stanislas Wawrinka.
“The conditions were better today, no wind, but the court was a little heavy,” said Hanescu. “I am very happy with the way I played and stayed focus for the two sets. I have the experience and the game, but sometimes it is difficult to control the mind. The key is to play freely. The mental part is really important.”