ATP Quito: Estrella Burgos improves to 16-0! Wins for Moutet and Ruud



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ATP Quito: Estrella Burgos improves to 16-0! Wins for Moutet and Ruud

An 18-year-old Corentin Moutet received a wild card for the main draw and he used it nicely, defeating Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-4 6-7 6-2 in 2 hours and 36 minutes for his first ATP victory. The Frenchman fired nine aces and he played well behind both the first and second serve, facing just four break points and losing serve twice. Menendez-Maceiras struggled to keep that pace in his service games, having to play against 15 break points and losing serve 5 times to end on the losing side, although he did well to force the deciding set.

Moutet was 6-4 5-3 up before he got broken while serving for the match in the 10th game of the second set, losing it in the tie break later but prevailing in the final set to book his place in the second round. The youngster broke in the third game after a poor volley from Menendez-Maceiras and he served well in his opening four service games to build a 5-3 lead.

The Spaniard saved five set points in game nine but Moutet closed the set on own serve a few minutes later with a skillful serve&volley combo that sent him 6-4 in front. Corentin earned a break in the third game of the second set when he cracked a forehand down the line winner and he continued to serve well, having a chance to close the match at 5-4.

Nerves started to show up and he made two huge forehand errors to lose his serve for the first time and bring Adrian back on the scoreboard. The tie break was intense one and the Spaniard won it 7-5 after three additional mistakes from the Frenchman who was now in a tough position before the start of the decider.

Still, he managed to recover his game and to break Menendez-Maceiras in the second game after a poor forehand from his rival. The match was still on when Adrian broke back at love in game five but he couldn't use that impulse, losing serve again in the following game to find himself 4-2 down.

Moutet closed the match with another break in game eight, celebrating his first triumph on the Tour and setting the second round clash against Ivo Karlovic or Ernesto Escobedo. Another youngster Casper Ruud made a winning start thanks to a 7-5 6-0 victory over experienced Argentine Carlos Berlocq in an hour and 32 minutes. The Norwegian served well, never facing a break point, and he was all over Berlocq on the return, creating nine break points and scoring four breaks to wrap up the win in straight sets.

Casper had a chance to score a break in game six but he sent two second serve returns long, creating two more break points next time he was on the return. He missed the first after a poor forehand and Berlocq saved the second with a great half-volley at the net to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard.

His efforts were in vain, though, double faulting in the last point of the 12th game to lose the opener 7-5 after some 65 minutes. This sent the momentum to Ruud's side and he sailed through set number two to close the match in style, winning 24 out of 33 points overall.

Casper broke in the second game with a return winner, moving 3-0 ahead with a smash winner in game three. The youngster was firing from all cylinders in those moments and he broke again in the fourth game after a good forehand attack that Carlos failed to control.

Berlocq struggled more and more physically and he hit an exit door when Ruud broke for the third time in game six with a backhand slice winner at the net to reach the second round where he will meet the third seed Gael Monfils.

37-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos remained the undisputed king of Quito, earning his 16th win in as many matches here following a 4-6 6-4 6-2 victory over the Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in an hour and 55 minutes. This was their fourth meeting in Quito and the fourth win for a player from the Dominican Republic, coming from a set down and winning just two points more than Bellucci. It was a mighty close match in the first two sets and the veteran stepped in to dominate in the decider, breaking Thomaz twice to bring the match home and reach round two.

Estrella Burgos saved five out of eight break points he faced (he never lost his serve after the opening set) and he broke his rival five times from 12 opportunities to wrap up a win and continue his unbeaten run in Quito.

Players traded breaks in the opening two games and in the middle of the set as well to stay close to each other at 3-3. Bellucci made a decisive move when he broke for the third time in game 10, taking the opener 6-4 after a poor backhand slice from Victor that could only reach the net.

Both players served well in the opening eight games of the second set and there were no deuces or break points on either side. Unlike in the first set, Estrella Burgos was more focused and he broke in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead after a forehand that Thomaz sent beyond the baseline.

The Brazilian had a chance to pull the break back immediately, creating three break points in game 10 that could prolong the set and increase his odds of winning the match in straights. Victor saved them with two service winners and a mistake from Bellucci, and the set was in his hands following another unreturned serve two points later.

The veteran served at 70% in the decider and he controlled his shots nicely to keep all the pressure on the other side of the net. Quite the opposite, Thomaz lost his ground after that second set and he got broken at the start of the third following a huge smash error.

He saved a break point in game three but he couldn't do the same in game five too, Estrella Burgos broke for the second time to increase his lead to 4-1 and he crossed the finish line with a service winner in game eight, celebrating his 16th win in Quito and waiting for Marco Cecchinato or Gerald Melzer in the second round. First round results:

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