Argentine Guido Bella withdrew from the 1000 Masters in Rome within hours of his debut, and his compatriot Federico Delbonis, from “Quali”, advanced to the second round after defeating world number 24 Karen Khachanov, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-0. In an hour and 44 minutes.
Bella, 59. In the world rankings, he had to face Hungarian Marton Vosovic in the first shift of the day, but he defected due to the injury he sustained on the right-hand side, which prompted him to leave Madrid Masters last week during his match with the Italian. Yannick Senner.
Bahinci aims to recover in order to reach the best conditions at Roland Garros, the second major tournament of the season which will be held from May 23 to June 6.
After competing in the qualifiers, Delbonis scored a resounding victory over Russian Khachanov, who had already defeated him in the quarter-finals of Hamburg 2017.
The 30-year-old from Blue, who this week rose to 13th in the standings and ranked 64th, will next go to Belgium’s David Goffin (13), who knocked out Italian Salvatore Caruso 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
The only precedent between them ended in favor of the European tennis player in the 2015 Davis Cup semi-finals.
Rome’s eighth seed Diego Schwartzman will make his debut in the second round with Canadian Felix Auger-Alessi, who beat Serbian Philippe Krajinovic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
The 1000 Masters in Rome is being played on brick dust, with prizes totaling € 2,082,960, and the number one is the number one in the world, Serbian Novak Djokovic, who returns to the ring after his absence in Madrid.
Three Argentines were crowned champions in the Italian capital: Guillermo Vilas (1980), José Luis Clerc (1981) and Alberto Mancini (1989). Spain’s Rafael Nadal, seeded second in this edition, is the winner of the tournament with 9 titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2018 and 2019). (Telam)