July 18 – Fifth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany cruised past Alex Molkan of Slovakia 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the first round of the Nordea Open tennis series in Bastad, Sweden on Tuesday.
However, Zverev’s seeded counterparts stumbled early and often. Austria’s Sebastian Offner defeated Argentina’s 6th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. Slovak qualifier Jozef Kovalic defeated seventh seed Alejandro Davidovic Fogina of Spain 6-3, 6-4. And Argentina’s Federico Correa beat eighth seed Sebastian Baez 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5).
In a battle between the Swedish wild cards, Leo Borg, son of Björn Borg, advanced to his first ATP main-draw victory with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Elias Ymer. Italy’s Matteo Arnoldi, Spain’s Bernab Zapata Mirellas and Russians Pavel Godov and Alexander Shevchenko won on Tuesday.
EFG Swiss Open Gstaad
Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka led 6-1, 3-1 when Spanish sixth seed Roberto Carballes Peina withdrew from his first-round match with an injury in Gstaad, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, becomes the first Swiss player to win his national open since Roger Federer in 2004.
Swiss wild card Dominique Stricker beat France’s Arthur Fils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4). Others who advanced include Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis and Pedro Cachin, Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas.
Infosys Hall of Fame Open
Alex Michelson defeated fifth-seeded and defending champion Maxime Cressy 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 in an all-American first-round match in Newport, RI.
Cressi hit 23 aces, but also committed 13 double faults. Mickelson saved all five break points she faced en route to victory.
Australia’s Max Purcell, the sixth seed, also fell, while Dutch opponent Gijs Brouwer won 6-4, 6-1. Four-time Newport champion John Isner defeated Australian qualifier Alex Bolt 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson (2021 champion), Steve Johnson, Ethan Quinn and Australians James Duckworth and Li Du advanced.
–Field Level Media
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