ATP Cordoba: Munar, Carballes Baena and Ramos-Vinolas lead Spanish charge

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ATP Cordoba: Munar, Carballes Baena and Ramos-Vinolas lead Spanish charge

Pablo Cuevas will compete in the second round of the Cordoba Open after beating a qualifier Facundo Bagnis 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 23 minutes. This was the fifth match between the two, all in the South American clay events, and the Uruguayan scored the fifth win, losing only eight points on serve and stealing 40% of the return points to grab one break in each set from seven chances he created in total.

Hitting the zone right from the start, Cuevas settled into a fine rhythm and he secured a break in the third game of the opening set, doing everything right by the end of the set to win it 6-4. The second set saw an identical outcome, with Pablo earning a break in game three and keeping it with easy holds to seal the deal and reach the last 16 in style.

Roberto Carballes Baena needed an hour and a half to defeat a qualifier Andrey Martin 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 30 minutes, losing serve twice but winning more than half of the return points to create ten break chances and convert five for a commanding triumph.

Martin kicked off the match with a break and a 2-0 lead before losing six of the next seven games, suffering breaks in games four and six before the Spaniard closed the set with a hold in game nine for a 6-3. From 2-2 in set number two, Carballes Baena won the remaining four games to complete the win and march into the second round where he will face Facundo Delbonis who toppled the 7th seed Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in two and a half hours.

The 25-year-old Juan Ignacio Londero claimed the first ATP win, taking down the 5th seed Nicolas Jarry (he played in Austria in Davis Cup last weekend) 6-2, 7-6 in an hour and 21 minutes. Londero saved all five break points he faced and he broke Jarry twice in the opener to gain the momentum before closing the match in the second set tie break for the first win on the main level.

Jaume Munar also made a great start, defeating Guido Andreozzi 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes for the third win of the season. Jaume lost serve only once and he was all over his rival on the return, earning 12 opportunities and stealing half of the points behind Andreozzi's initial shot to score four breaks.

Guido sprayed a forehand error to drop serve in the fourth game and he went 5-1 down when his forehand found the net in the sixth game to hand another break to Munar. The Spaniard saved three break points in the following game and grabbed the set after an ace, moving ahead early in the second when Guido netted an easy forehand.

Munar suffered a break in the fourth game and they stayed neck and neck until 4-4 when he made the crucial move, breaking to forge the lead and crossing the finish line with a hold at love in game ten. In the battle of a qualifier and the youngster with a wild card, Alessandro Giannessi prevailed against Thiago Seyboth Wild 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 after grueling three hours and 11 minutes, saving 13 out of 16 break points and overcoming a 5-3 deficit in set number two and a 3-1 in the decider to emerge as the winner after a better performance in the deciding tie break.