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Cuevas Upsets Chardy In Bastad Opener; Carreno Busta Advances

Bastad, Sweden

Cuevas© SkiStar Swedish OpenPablo Cuevas upset Jeremy Chardy in the first round.

World No. 111 Pablo Cuevas claimed just his fourth tour-level win of the season on Tuesday as he upset sixth seed Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad. The Uruguayan advanced in 56 minutes, winning 76 per cent of points on his first serve and breaking Chardy five times.

The No. 35-ranked Chardy was coming off a fourth-round showing at Wimbledon, where he lost to Marin Cilic, and dropped to a 23-17 match record on the season. The Frenchman was making his Bastad debut.

Defending champion and seventh seed Carlos Berlocq opened his campaign with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Julian Reister. The Argentine capitalised on four of his 13 break points to open his title defence at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, which he won last year with victory over Fernando Verdasco.

There were mixed fortunes for two of the ATP World Tour’s young guns. Eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-4, but Jiri Vesely was beaten by qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-5, 6-2.

The 22-year-old Carreno Busta claimed his first tour-level win since reaching the Oeiras second round in April. He went into Wimbledon last month on the back of successive ATP Challenger Tour titles in Italy and Morocco.

The 20-year-old Vesely, who reached the third round at Wimbledon (l. to Kyrgios), dropped to a 14-12 season mark. Ramos-Vinolas broke serve four times from nine opportunities to advance in 90 minutes. The Spaniard has reached the quarter-finals the past two years in Bastad.

Ramos-Vinolas wasn’t the only qualifier to advance. Moldovan Radu Albot finished strongly to beat Kenny De Schepper 7-6(4), 6-1. A pair of Swedish wild cards also enjoyed first-round wins. World No. 310 Elias Ymer, an 18 year old who tested Grigor Dimitrov in the first round last year, defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5 to claim his first ATP World Tour main draw win, while 22-year-old Christian Lindell defeated qualifier Inigo Cervantes 6-2, 6-3 to earn his first tour-level win.

Victor Hanescu set a second-round clash with top seed and two-time former champion David Ferrer after beating Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4. World No. 104 Hanescu will bid to overturn a 0-3 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the No. 7-ranked Ferrer.

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