The Argentina Open kicked off on Monday in Buenos Aires, with a slew of players looking to unseat defending champion Rafael Nadal at the event.
Below, we'll take a look at Monday's results and recap the day's action.
|Nicolas Almagro||6-3, 6-3||Albert Montanes|
|Santiago Giraldo||6-1, 7-5||Inigo Cervantes|
|Diego Schwartzman||5-7, 6-4, 6-3||(7) Alexandr Dolgopolov|
|Leonardo Mayer||2-6, 6-3, 6-3||Guido Pella|
Nicolas Almagro and Santiago Giraldo opened Monday's play with victories over Albert Montanes and Inigo Cervantes, respectively, at the Argentina Open.
Almagro cruised, ripping off 11 aces, winning 83 percent of his first-serve points and saving all four break points he faced.
It was just Almagro's second win of the season, though it comes as little surprise he started strong in Buenos Aires, where he's 26-9 at the event and has reached five straight semifinals, per the ATP World Tour's official website.
Meanwhile, Santiago Giraldo had a little more difficulty getting past Inigo Cervantes, though he eventually eliminated him in straight sets. Giraldo converted five of 12 potential break points, while Cervantes was only able to create one break opportunity in the entire match.
Giraldo controlled the match with his serve, winning 86 percent of his first-serve points.
Diego Schwartzman surprised No. 7 Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third match of Monday’s slate with a back-and-forth 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win. It looked as if Dolgopolov would battle his way to victory after he survived the difficult first set, but Schwartzman seized his opportunities down the stretch to advance.
Despite the loss, Dolgopolov was more impressive with the serve with 15 aces, compared to Schwartzman’s 11. What’s more, Dolgopolov won 75 percent of his first-service points, while Schwartzman only converted 63 percent of his.
However, the difference in the match came on break points. Schwartzman saved 83 percent of break points he faced (10-of-12), but Dolgopolov only saved 56 percent. Schwartzman’s ability to stave off Dolgopolov’s chances to register critical breaks was particularly critical given the close nature of the three-set match.
Leonardo Mayer closed out Monday’s action with a three-set victory over Guido Pella, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Mayer was more impressive with the serve and finished with nine aces, compared to Pella’s two. Mayer also won 71 percent of first-service points, while Pella won 61 percent.
To Pella’s credit, he saved 67 percent of the break points he faced, but he only converted three break points on the other side throughout the match. That, along with the lackluster ace total, was too much for him to overcome.
Top-seeded Nadal has an opening-round bye, as do the other top-four seeds, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and John Isner.
On Tuesday, notable players in action include Fabio Fognini, Juan Monaco, Pablo Cuevas and Dominic Thiem. For the full schedule, be sure to check out the ATP World Tour's website.