ATP Antalya: Miomir Kecmanovic, Lorenzo Sonego and Steve Darcis advance

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ATP Antalya: Miomir Kecmanovic, Lorenzo Sonego and Steve Darcis advance

In the battle of the youngsters in Antalya, Miomir Kecmanovic defeated Jaume Munar 6-4, 6-3 in 66 minutes for the eighth ATP win in 2019. The Serb had the upper hand in most of the encounter, dropping 13 points on serve and repelling both break points to mount the pressure on Munar who couldn't endure it.

The Spaniard served at 70% but that didn't give him much, getting broken three times to push Miomir into the second round. The opening set offered nine solid holds on both sides and one loose service game for Jaume that cost him the set, suffering a break at 1-1 and allowing Kecmanovic to close it in game ten for a 6-4.

The Serb continued in the same style in set number two, scoring a break in the first game and repelling two break points in the next game, cementing the advantage and sealing the deal with another break in game nine for the place in the last 16.

In the second match of the first round, Lorenzo Sonego took down the 8th seed Joao Sousa 6-3, 7-6 in an hour and 29 minutes following a roller coaster ride in the second set tie break. Serving at 70%, the Italian controlled the pace in his games, never facing a break point and converting one opportunity in the opening set to grab the advantage ahead of set number two that turned out into open war.

Following 12 good holds on both sides, Sousa wasted a 5-2 lead and set points at 7-6, 9-8 and 11-10 before Sonego converted the fourth match point at 12-11 to seal the deal in straight sets. The top seed in the qualifying draw Viktor Troicki secured the place in the main draw, beating Roberto Ortega-Olmedo 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours, saving three match points in the tenth game of the second set before taking the tie break, dominating in set number three to advance.

Steve Darcis toppled Carlos Gomez-Herrera 6-3, 6-3 in 69 minutes, saving the only break point he had to play against and delivering three breaks for a one-sided triumph. JC Aragone will play in the main draw of the ATP tournament for the first time since Newport last year, ousting Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-1, 6-4 in just 62 minutes, never losing serve and breaking the Swiss three times to punch the ticket for the main action.