Ymer digs deep to down local Monteiro
Elias Ymer had a tough debut in Millennium Estoril Open while Andrey Rublev defeated experienced Sam Groth in straight sets to move one step closer to the main draw.
Elias Ymer might have stepped on Millennium Stadium this Saturday as a clear favorite in his Qualy R1 clash against local Wild Card João Monteiro but the Swedish #NextGenATP star had to dig deep to overhaul his portuguese opponent 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4 after nearly three hours of a tightly contested match.
Ymer took the first set but Monteiro, the second best portuguese player in the Cascais NextGen Tour, fought back and won the second in the tie-break. The decider was again a hard fought affair with Ymer, ATP 186º, breaking his opponents serve twice to seal the victory and move one step closer to the main draw. The 21 year old swede will now face American Ernesto Escobedo who needed three sets ( 6-7, 6-4, 6-4) to eliminate Chilean Nicolas Jarry in his debut match in Estoril.
Rublev trumps big serving Groth
Andrey Rublev, another of the ATP rising stars, subdued Australian Sam Groth in straight sets, 6-2 7-6 (4) to set up a qualy R2 clash with American Bjorn Fratangelo ( who defeated Spaniard Enrique Lopez-Perez).
The Russian youngster, currently ranked ATP 117º, counterpunched Groth’s famous serve and totaled eight aces against four from the 29 year old australian and sealed his win Court Cascais after one hour and 18