Harris Upsets Martinez At Alicante Ferrero Challenger

Billy Harris (photo: Brigitte Urban)

VILLENA, October 5, 2023

British qualifier Billy Harris headlined Thursday’s second-round action at the Alicante Ferrero Challenger by knocking out No. 3 seed Pedro Martinez of Spain 6-1, 6-2.

The World No. 304 struck 10 aces and won 88 per cent of his first-service points to advance in exactly one hour of play. The 28-year-old Harris, a winner of five titles on the ITF World Tennis Tour, will next take on Hugo Grenier. The Frenchman defeated Tunisian qualifier Moez Echargui 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and one minute.

In other action in the bottom half of the €118,000 hard-court event in Villena, Elias Ymer overcame a one-set deficit to beat sixth-seeded Italian Mattia Bellucci 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3. The 27-year-old Swede withstood 12 aces and broke his rival’s serve one time to prevail after two hours and 26 minutes.

Up next for Ymer will be Dennis Novak of Austria, who fought past Frederico Ferreira Silva from Portugal 7-5, 7-6(7). The encounter lasted one hour and 59 minutes.