Roberto Carballes Baena is off to a winning start at the brand-new ATP 250 event in Sardinia, beating a qualifier Federico Coria 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 57 minutes. The Spaniard lost serve four times and delivered six breaks to stay competitive, overcoming a break down thrice in the opener and rattling off five of the final six games in set number two to move over the top.
After reaching the third round at Roland Garros, Coria had to qualify for the main draw in Sardinia, making a strong start against Carballes Baena and forging a 2-1, 4-3 and 5-4 advantage. The Spaniard would always come back, erasing all three breaks and stealing the last three games from 5-4 down to take the opener.
Federico grabbed an early break in set number two and forged a 3-1 lead, losing ground after that and suffering breaks in games six and ten to push Roberto over the finish line. The other Argentine Federico Delbonis played better when it mattered the most, ousting Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 in an hour and 57 minutes.
Federico saved all three break points to mount the pressure on the other side of the net, clinching the opener with a late break and bringing a tight second-set tie break home 8-6 to seal the deal in straight sets and avoid spending more time on the court.
The 6th seed Pablo Andujar defeated a qualifier Jozef Kovalik 7-5, 7-5 in a challenging two hours and three minutes. Pablo lost serve three times and produced five breaks to remain in the safe zone despite a massive battle in both sets.
Andujar raced towards a 4-1 lead before Kovalik took the next four games, wasting two set points on the return at 5-4. Carried by this momentum, the Spaniard scored a break in gamer 11 and closed the set a few minutes later on his serve.
Pablo Andujar, Laslo Djere and Marco Cecchinato won matches in Sardinia.
Pablo pulled the break back in the middle of set number two and performed another at 6-5 to push himself over the top. Marco Cecchinato needed two hours and 33 minutes to dismiss Gianluca Mager 5-7, 7-6, 6-2, saving one match point in the second-set tie break.
Mager seized the last three games of the first set for 7-5, opening a 4-0 gap in the second set's tie break and squandering that match point at 7-6. Cecchinato stole the breaker 9-7 and produced two breaks in the deciding set to secure the victory and reach the last 16.
Laslo Djere needed 70 minutes to topple Sumit Nagal 6-3, 6-1, losing serve once and stealing the opponent's game on five occasions to sail into the second round. From 3-0 down in the opening set, the Serb claimed 12 of the next 13 games to leave the Indian far behind and make a promising start.