Roberto Carballes Baena praises Mikael Ymer, targets top-100 return


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Roberto Carballes Baena praises Mikael Ymer, targets top-100 return

Spanish tennis player Roberto Carballes Baena praised rising Swedish star Mikael Ymer following their Murcia Challenger final. Carballes Baena, 26, came from a set down to beat 20-year-old Ymer 2-6 6-0 6-2 and win it all at the inaugural edition of the Challenger event staged in Murcia.

Ymer claimed the opening set easily as he broke Carballes Baena twice, in the first and seventh game. However, the Spaniard bounced back in style from losing the opening set as he broke Ymer three times in the second set to bagel the Swede and force a decider.

The Swede appeared to have recovered from a second-set demolition as he led 2-1 after the opening three games of the third set but then he lost the following five games as Carballes Baena sealed the win. "It was a tough match.

Mikael is a great player, very quick on the court. My rhythm and played well until the end," Carballes Baena exclusively told Tennis TourTalk post-match. Carballes Baena, ranked at No. 113 in the world, is projected to improve to No.

103 when the list gets updated on Monday. Former world No. 72 Carballes Baena also said he wants "to continue to play well on the ATP Tour" as he is eager to return to the top-100. Carballes Baena broke into the top-100 for the first time in his career in 2016 August.

The Spaniard started this season ranked inside the top-100 but dropped outside the top-100 at the beginning of February. "The goal is to return to the top 100 but the most important thing is to play a good level of tennis week by week," Carballes Baena admitted.