Altmaier Falls In Second Round At Bogota Open

Daniel Altmaier (photo: DirecTV Open Bogota)

BOGOTA/STARNBERG, October 22, 2021

Daniel Altmaier failed to reach the quarterfinals of the DirecTV Open Bogota, an $52,080 ATP Challenger 80 tournament hosted by the Carmel Club in Bogota. The No. 2 seed from Germany lost to unseeded Canadian Alexis Galarneau 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday afternoon.

Altmaier, who arrived in South American after a successful clay-court swing in Europe crowned by two title wins on home soil in Braunschweig and Lüdenscheid, hit 14 aces but lost his serve two times. Galarneau won six points more than the World No. 110 to prevail after one hour and 58 minutes.

The 22-year-old Laval native will next face No. 5 seed Facundo Mena of Argentina, who cruised past local wild card entry Alejandro Gomez 6-3, 6-1 in only 59 minutes.

In the top half of the draw, Nicolas Barrientos emerged victorious from the battle of the qualifiers, beating Frenchman Enzo Couacaud 6-3, 6-4. The 34-year-old Colombian, a winner of seven ITF Futures singles titles and currently ranked World No. 769, withstood 14 aces and broke Couacaud’s serve four times to prevail after one hour and 22 minutes.

Barrientos will appear in the stage of the final eight at Challenger level for the first time in five years, facing Spaniard Oriol Roca Batalla.

On Grandstand, the 28-year-old Barcelona native fought past Goncalo Oliveira from Portugal 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 after two hours and 21 minutes.