Sugita Knocks Out Former Champion In Barcelona
Lucky loser Yuichi Sugita of Japan made the most of his main draw showing at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Monday, knocking out 2004 champion Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3 to earn his first win of the season.
Sugita saved six of seven break points to prevail past the 34-year-old Robredo, who received a wild card into the main draw. The 28-year-old Sugita will meet ninth seed Richard Gasquet in the second round.
#NextGenATP qualifier Casper Ruud will meet Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters finalist and 10th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round after dismissing Radu Albot 6-2, 6-2 in 65 minutes. Ruud, the youngest player in the draw at 18, reached the semi-finals in Rio earlier this season and is currently sixth in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which will determine the 21-and-under field at the inaugural #NextGenATP Finals, to be held 7-11 November in Milan.
Brit Kyle Edmund booked a second-round meeting against fourth seed Dominic Thiem with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Spanish veteran Nicolas Almagro beat Canadian qualifier Steven Diez 6-3, 6-4 and will battle #NextGenATP star Alexander Zverev in the second round for the first time.