Alex Molcan saved all six break factors he confronted to defeat seventh seed Miomir Kecmanovic 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday on the Mallorca Championships, guaranteeing Day 1 of the ATP 250 occasion began with an upset within the Balearic Islands.
Slovakia’s Molcan broke within the closing recreation of every set to safe his first tour-level win on grass in his second occasion on the floor. The 24-year-old fired 41 winners within the one-hour, 26-minute victory.
The World No. 45 reached the third spherical of qualifying at Wimbledon in 2021 and is about to make his main-draw debut on the London lawns subsequent week. Since final 12 months’s Wimbledon, he has made successful debuts at every of the opposite three Grand Slams, together with a third-round run on the 2021 US Open.
Molcan awaits Tallon Griekspoor of The Netherlands or Spanish wild card Feliciano Lopez within the second spherical. He’s looking for his first ATP Tour title after reaching three finals up to now 13 months, together with this 12 months in Marrakech and Lyon.
Three main-draw matches have been accomplished on Sunday — additionally the ultimate day of qualifying — with Aslan Karatsev and Mackenzie McDonald additionally advancing to the second spherical.
Each Karatsev and McDonald battled again to win after dropping the opening set of their respective matchups. Karatsev closed the day’s play with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 outcome in opposition to dwelling favorite Jaume Munar. After incomes an early break to steer 2-1 within the closing set, the 28-year-old fought off two break factors in every of his subsequent two service video games earlier than sealing the match along with his fourth break of the competition.
McDonald was a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 winner in opposition to Joao Sousa. The American escaped a 0/40 gap within the opening recreation of the second set and didn’t face one other break level the remainder of the best way.
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