The Spanish Pablo Carreño beats the German Otte and reaches the round of 16

Acapulco (Mexico), Feb 22 Spanish Pablo Carreño, seventeenth in the world ranking, defeated German Oscar Otte 6-2, 6-4 at dawn on Tuesday and qualified for the round of 16 of the Mexican Tennis Open. With a couple of early service breaks in both sets, 70 per cent effectiveness on first serves and cold blood to save the three break points against, Carreño prevailed in one hour and 16 minutes on the first day of the tournament, with category 500 of the ATP. Olympic medalist in Tokyo 2020, the Spaniard imposed conditions with good performance in his turns of service and accuracy with his two-handed backhand. In the phase of the 16 best he will face the winner between the American Marco Girón, 59 in the world list, and the Australian John Millman (80). This Monday, in the game on the central court, which inaugurated the new stadium in Acapulco, the Spanish Fernando Verdasco gave a great demonstration against the American John Isner, who needed 30 aces and came from behind to win 7-5. 6-7(4), 6-7(3) in the best duel to start the championship. Verdasco, 152 in the world, recalled his best moments in which he was among the top 10 in the world, and forced Isner to be precise with his best weapon, the serve. The Spaniard let go of a lead in the third set and was eliminated by losing sudden death. Isner broke in the twelfth game to take the first game, but Verdasco shone with good returns and a fine backhand to force the tie break, which he won 7-4. In the third set, the Spaniard broke Isner’s serve in the second game; he had a 4-1 lead, but let the rival grow, who escaped two points for the game, tied the game and won the tiebreaker. Isner, twenty-third in the world list, will face the best between the British Cameron Norrie, twelfth in the world, and the German Daniel Altmaier in the round of 16. In other results of the first day, the American Taylor Frtiz beat the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-3, the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 the American Sebastian Korda and the German Peter Gojowczyk beat American Brandon Nakashima 6-4, 6-4. This morning the German Alexander Zverev, second favorite, will face the American Jenson Brooksny and the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov against the American Stefan Koslov.

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