After his brother Mikael, Elias Ymer is also through to the second round at home ATP 250 event in Bastad, prevailing against Thiago Monteiro 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in two hours and 38 minutes. Elias grabbed the first ATP win since Stockholm last fall, winning one point more than his rival and overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the deciding set to cross the finish line first.
Both players converted three out of nine break points and it was the Swede who made the better start, serving well in the first set and breaking in game four for a 6-3. The Brazilian rattled off seven of the next eight games from 2-2 in set number two, taking it 6-2 and forging the advantage in the decider before Ymer erased it to get back to the positive side of the scoreboard.
From 5-4 down, the Swede won three straight games to book the place in the second round, mighty relieved with a triumph in front of the home crowd. Jeremy Chardy took down the better-ranked player Pablo Carreno Busta who didn't sign in time and had to qualify for the main draw.
The Spaniard did that but was never comfortable on the court, showing the lack of form again versus Chardy in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss after two hours and 11 minutes. They both won 96 points and there wasn't much to separate them until 5-5 in the decider when Jeremy saved three break points before breaking Carreno Busta at 15 to seal the deal and move into the second round.
The 5th seed Nicolas Jarry ousted Henri Laaksonen 7-6, 7-5 in an hour and 43 minutes, getting broken three times and stealing the rival's serve four times to cross the finish line in straight sets. Henri had a 3-1 lead in the first set before Nicolas pulled the break back in game eight to level the score at 4-4, wasting a set point on the return at 6-5 before claiming the tie break 7-1.
Laaksonen fended off a match point in the tenth game of the second set to prolong the encounter, only until the next game when he got broken, allowing Jarry to grab the triumph with a nice hold in game 12. Federico Delbonis lost the second set against the young Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles before scoring a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win in just over two hours after a reliable performance in the deciding set.
The 8th seed Joao Sousa overpowered Jozef Kovalik 7-6, 6-4 in swift an hour and a half, losing serve three times and fixing that damage with four breaks of his own, securing the last one after getting broken while serving for the set in set number two to avoid the setback and spending more time on the court.
The 6th seed Juan Ignacio Londero needed an hour to dismiss Facundo Arguello 6-3, 6-2, dropping 14 points on serve and converting four out of six break points to control the scoreboard all the time and book the place in the last 16.
Ernests Gulbis had to retire while trailing 6-2, 2-1 to Hugo Dellien while Dennis Novak defeated Steve Darcis 6-2, 7-5 in 71 minutes, controlling the pace on both serve and return to notch the first win in the ATP tournaments since Kitzbuhel last year.
The 7th seed Casper Ruud fell to Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-2, powerless on the return and vulnerable in his games, facing ten break points and getting broken four times to propel the Bosnian through.