Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain defeated fifth-seeded Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-4, to open the main draw of the Hamburg European Open Monday in Hamburg, Germany.
The 25th ranked player in the world, van de Zandschulp encountered six double errors in the match when he fell to world number 35 Fokina, who enters the round of 16 to face Jozef Kovalik from Slovakia. Kovalik gathered to beat Max Hans Rehberg from Germany 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Number 7 seed Karen Khachanov from Russia fell behind before heading for victory, defeating Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany in today’s longest match (two hours, 16 minutes) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2 ).
Lorenzo Musetti from Italy also had to go three sets to get past Dusan Lajovic from Serbia 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3, and Alex Molcan from Slovakia defeated Marko Topo from Germany with 7 -5, 6 -3.
Eighth-seeded Joao Sousa from Portugal was ousted by Swiss Alexander Ritschard in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, on the first day of action in Gstaad.
In an all-Spanish duel, fifth-seeded Pedro Martinez defeated Carlos Taberner 6-4, 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals. For Martinez, it marked his tenth victory over his compatriot Taberner in 12 career games.
Federico Delbonis from Argentina defeated Mikael Ymer from Sweden 6-4, 7-5 and Jiri Lehecka from the Czech Republic handled Tomas Martin Etcheverry from Argentina 6-1, 6-3.
–Field Level Media