Andujar Opens Monterrey Title Bid With Win

Pablo Andujar meets the ball kids in Monterrey (photo: Abierto GNP Seguros)

MONTERREY, March 4, 2020

On Tuesday, the seeded players stepped into action for the first time at this year’s Abierto GNP Seguros at the Fraccionamiento Club Sonoma Residencial in Monterrey. Pablo Andujar, No. 3 seed of the ATP Challenger 100 hard-court event, opened his title bid with a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over US-American Donald Young.

The 34-year-old Spaniard, who fell to compatriot Rafael Nadal in the first round of the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco last week, saved the only break point he faced and capitalized on four of his own 15 break opportunities to advance in 68 minutes. Andujar will next take on the winner of the encounter between Italian qualifier Liam Caruana and No. 13 seed Andrew Harris of Australia.

Earlier in the day on Estadio GNP Seguros, Ricardas Berankis defeated 16-year-old Japanese Shintaro Mochizuki, who celebrated his first match win on the ATP Challenger Tour in the previous round. The World No. 72 from Lithuania sent down five aces, winning 76 per cent of his first-service points to secure a 7-5, 6-4 victory in one hour and 28 minutes. Berankis will play Ernesto Escobedo in the third round. The 16th seed from the United States cruised past Australian Jason Kubler 6-1, 6-2 in only 49 minutes.

Top two seeds to start on Wednesday

Top seed Adrian Mannarino will open his campaign in the capital and largest city of the northeastern state of Nuevo León in Mexico on Wednesday. The World No. 41 from France will face Harry Bourchier from Australia. Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez leads the bottom half of the draw. The 38-year-old Toledo native will oppose Aleksandar Vukic of Australia.