Shelton Secures Quarterfinal Spot At Mallorca Championships

Ben Shelton (photo: Cristian Trujillo/Quality Sport Images)


Ben Shelton leads the quarterfinals line-up of the Mallorca Championships presented by waterdrop. The top seed of the ATP 250 grass-court event being held at the Mallorca Country Club in Santa Ponca, Calvia, defeated Rinky Hijikata of Australia 6-4, 6-0 in Wednesday’s second round.

Shelton hammered 13 aces and won 68 per cent of his first-service points. The World No. 14 from the United States broke his rival four times to succeed in one hour and seven minutes.

“It was a really fun match today. I’m happy to be back in Mallorca. I love playing here,” Shelton said. “I had a really tough first match here last year, losing 7-6 in the third [to eventual champion Christopher Eubanks], so I’m really happy to get my first win here. I’m really pleased with how I played today. I’m getting used to [grass] day by day.”

Shelton will next take on Briton Paul Jubb, who emerged victorious from the encounter between two qualifiers, winning 6-0, 6-3 over Adam Walton from Australia in 55 minutes.

Tabilo, Mensik advance

In the bottom half of the draw, Alejandro Tabilo of Chile remained untroubled during his 6-3, 6-2 win over Alexander Shevechenko from Kazakhstan. The No. 4 seed saved all five break points he faced and capitalized on three of his own seven break-point chances to advance in one hour and nine minutes.

Up next for Tabilo will be Czech teenager Jakub Mensik, who rallied past Italian wild card entry Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. The 18-year-old Prostejov native secured victory in two hours and 40 minutes to reach his first quarterfinal on the ATP Tour.

“Crazy match from the beginning,” said World No. 85 Mensik. “The first 40 minutes, we played three games. I don’t know what happened, I didn’t experience this before. I’m really happy that I kept playing after the first set that I was 4-1 up and still lost. I’m really happy that I came back. Tough match. Fabio played really well. Difficult from the beginning.”