Successful start for local underdogs at Pekao Szczecin Open

Pawel Cias advanced to second round (photo: Szczecin Open)

SZCZECIN, September 15, 2015

The tournament’s favourites and two local underdogs had a successful start into the € 106,500 ATP Challenger Pekao Szczecin Open on Tuesday.

Top-seed Pablo Carreo-Busta remained untroubled in his opening match. The world number 60 from Spain, who lost Saturday’s final in Seville to Pedro Cachín, defeated German qualifier Robin Kern 6-4, 7-5. Carreῆo-Busta withstood eight aces and fired seven on his own to prevail in one hour and 14 minutes facing Hubert Hurkacz next. The only 18-year-old Polish upset Tristan Lamasine, winning 6-3, 6-3 to reach his second victory on the ATP Challenger Tour. Hurkacz, ranked on 1187th position, converted four of his 10 break points to advance after one hour and 13 minutes.

Top-seed Pablo Carreno-Busta (photo: Szczecin Open)

Top-seed Pablo Carreno-Busta (photo: Szczecin Open)

With Pawel Cias, another local player made it to second round. The world number 632 defeated Italian Andrea Arnaboldi, who is ranked 477 places better than the Polish, winning 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. Cias won 83% of his first service points and capitalized on four of his seven break point chances to prevail in two hours and 23 minutes. Cias will play Renzo Olivo next. The 23-year-old Argentine knocked out eighth seed Albert Montaῆés through a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory in two hours and 17 mintues.

Third seed Filip Krajinovic dismissed Alessandro Giannessi, winning 6-1, 7-6. The world number 99 from Serbia lost his service twice but converted four of his own five break point chances to seal victory in 68 minutes. With Federico Gaio, Krajinovic will take on another Italian in the second round. The 23-year-old from Faenza hit seven aces, all of the four break points he faced and capitalized on four of his own to close the match through a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Adrian Sikora after one hour and six minutes.

Due to rain, the final matches of the day had to be postponed to Wednesday.