VALENCIA OPEN 500
Janowicz Fights Through; Almagro Advances
by ATP Staff|
Fifth seed Jerzy Janowicz battled through to the Valencia Open 500 second round on Tuesday with a 7-5, 7-6(7) victory over fast-rising Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta. The Pole fired 14 aces and won 70 per cent of points on serve as he prevailed in one hour and 45 minutes.
Carreno Busta is one of the nominees for Most Improved Player of the Year in the 2013 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon, having improved his Emirates ATP Ranking from No. 715 at the start of the year to break into the Top 70.
Janowicz is making his debut at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament and earned his 25th win of the season, which has been highlighted by an exhilarating run to the Wimbledon semi-finals (l. to Murray). He goes on to face another upcoming player, Portuguese qualifier Joao Sousa, who defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 7-5. Sousa recently won his first ATP World Tour title at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur (d. Benneteau).
Alejandro Falla stunned sixth seed Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-0 in 66 minutes. The Colombian saved all five break points he faced and broke Simon six times to claim his 15th win of the season. The 29 year old was runner-up at the Claro Open Colombia (l. to Karlovic) in Bogota in July.
Third seed Nicolas Almagro won an all-Spanish contest with Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3 in 65 minutes. The 28 year old is coming off a strong Asian swing, which saw him reach the Tokyo semi-finals and the Shanghai quarter-finals, losing to Juan Martin del Potro both times. He improved to a 39-21 match record on the season.
Almagro is looking to win the Valencia crown for the third time, having triumphed in 2006-07 when the event was held on clay. For a spot in the quarter-finals, he will face qualifier Michal Przysiezny, who upset Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-6(1).
France’s Julien Benneteau set a potential second-round clash with top seed David Ferrer after defeating Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-1. Elsewhere, Mikhail Youzhny advanced when Bernard Tomic retired from their first-round contest. The Russian had been leading 3-6, 6-4, 4-1.
Nieminen/Tursunov Upset Third Seeds
Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov upset third-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 in the first round. Nieminen and Tursunov are chasing their second team title this week, following victory earlier in the year in Munich (d. Baghdatis/Butorac). Granollers and Lopez have already secured their place at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.