VALENCIA OPEN 500
Fognini Sets Granollers Clash
by ATP Staff|
Seventh seed Fabio Fognini finished strongly to defeat Martin Klizan 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 on Monday evening in the first round of the Valencia Open 500. Fognini improved to a 41-25 match record in a career-best season as he converted six of his eight break points for victory in one hour and 42 minutes.
The Italian went on a three-week tear in July to break into the Emirates ATP Rankings Top 20 for the first time, winning back-to-back titles in Stuttgart (d. Kohlschreiber) and Hamburg (d. Delbonis) and finishing runner-up the following week in Umag (l. to Robredo). He is bidding to reach the quarter-finals or better for the 11th time this season in Valencia.
Fognini goes on to face former champion Marcel Granollers, who advanced when Janko Tipsarevic was forced to retire just three games into their first-round clash, suffering from plantar fasciitis. Granollers won the biggest trophy of his singles career at this ATP World Tour 500 indoor hard-court tournament in 2011 (d. Monaco).
Roberto Bautista Agut withstood 15 aces from the racquet of Kevin Anderson to beat the eighth seed 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3. Bautista Agut reached the Aircel Chennai Open final (l. to Tipsarevic) in the first week of the year.
London Qualifiers Reach Doubles QFs
Second seeds and defending champions Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, who have already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, defeated Spanish wild cards Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 7-6(2) in just over 90 minutes. They go on to face John Isner and Feliciano Lopez, who made their team debut with a 6-3, 6-7(7), 10-7 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer.
London contenders Jamie Murray and John Peers made a strong start, defeating this year’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and Citi Open champions Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 6-2 in 55 minutes. The British/Australian duo are currently 10th in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, 45 points ahead of 11th-placed Benneteau and Zimonjic.