Laaksonen Advances In Bastad
Main draw action kicks off on Monday
Henri Laaksonen is the first main draw winner at the SkiStar Swedish Open after defeating local favourite and #NextGenATP player Mikael Ymer 7-6(5), 7-5 on Monday.
Ymer served for the opening set twice and was unable to convert on a set point at 5-4. Laaksonen grabbed the lone break of the second set at 5-5 and ultimately prevailed in two hours and 24 minutes. The Swiss player broke into the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time this week. He’ll take on third seed Pablo Cuevas in the next round.
Federico Delbonis, Arthur De Greef, Leonardo Mayer and Maximilian Marterer all won their final-round qualifying matches on Monday.
Brown/Khachanov Save 4 M.P. For Victory
Dustin Brown and #NextGenATP player Karen Khachanov prevailed in an epic 6-2, 5-7, 17-15 first-round win over Jonathan Erlich and Diego Schwartzman. Brown/Khachanov saved match points at 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 and 14/15 before converting on their fifth match point.
Next up for Brown/Khachanov are the Brazilian pair of Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa, who upset top seeds Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 7-6(6) in one hour and 29 minutes.
Third seeds Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner also advanced to the last eight by dashing the hopes of local wild cards Johan Brunstrom and Andreas Siljestrom 6-1, 6-7(10), 10-8.