ATP Sao Paulo: Pella, Zeballos, Kicker, Jarry and Ofner all reach round two

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ATP Sao Paulo: Pella, Zeballos, Kicker, Jarry and Ofner all reach round two

Qualifier Sebastian Ofner grabbed his first ATP win since that great Kitzbuhel run in August after a rock solid 6-3 6-3 victory against Marco Cecchinato in just 64 minutes. Tall Austrian dominated in his service games, losing 10 points in nine service games and never facing a break point. The Italian was nowhere near that pace and he lost 41% of the points in his games, getting broken three times from six opportunities he gave to Ofner.

Nothing could separate them in the first six games and Sebastian took charge after that, winning the last four games of the set for a 6-3 after breaking Cecchinato in games seven and nine. The Australian carried this momentum into set number two as well, winning 12 out of 13 points to open up a 3-0 gap and that break in the second game was all he needed to bring the win home as he hasn't put a foot wrong in the entire match on his serve.

Nicolas Jarry and Dusan Lajovic played a very close match that lasted almost 2 hours and the Chilean prevailed 6-4 1-6 7-5 for already his ninth win of the season. Thanks to that second set where he had the upper hand, Lajovic won three points more than his rival but it wasn't enough to wrap up a win, falling on his sixth match point in the 12th game of the decider.

They had three breaks each and it all came down to that last game when Jarry scored a crucial break to push himself over the finish line. Lajovic was off to a slow start, sending a forehand long in the opening game to lose his serve but he got the break back in game six after a forehand error from Jarry.

Forehand wing let Lajovic down again in game seven and this break of serve was all Nicolas needed to bring the set home with a service winner in game 10. Dusan raised his level in set number two, losing just four points on serve and breaking Jarry twice in a row to rattle off five straight games and claim the set 6-1 to send the match into a decider.

Nicolas wasted a 40-0 lead in game four to fall behind and he got broken again in game six after a great forehand winner from Lajovic The Serb sealed the set with an ace in game seven and he was now the favorite to make a complete comeback and score a win.

Dusan saved three break points in game six to level the score at 3-3 and he earned two break points in game nine that could push him closer to the finish line. Jarry fends them off and he gave his best to close the match before the tie break, converting his sixth match point in game 12 to wrap up a win and continue his good form after reaching the semis in Rio de Janeiro last week. First round results:


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