ATP Bastad 🇸🇪 Round of 16 Results
Federico Coria d Marco Cecchinato 4-6 6-4 6-3
A very similar match statistically, and it was the Argentine looking nervous when serving to stay in the first set. After this, was the Argentine going for broke, looking the more lively in the second set, leading to a momentum shift, and Coria making the most of it, pulling away in the third set in the most convincing set of the match.
Arthur Rinderknech d John Millman (4) 6-3 3-6 6-3
The Frenchman was looking formidable, serving 12 aces, and winning 80% of his first serves. Millman is not a natural clay-courter, but did well to remain consistent and win the second set. Rinderknech was just too strong for the 4th seed, and his 3rd round opponent in Hanfmann will be a challenge as Hanfmann has not dropped a set.
Cristian Garin (2) d Pedro Martinez 6-3 6-3
Garin looked very comfortable on the Swedish clay. The only improvement Garin could make is using more power on his backhand. He relies on opponent's groundstrokes to rebound off his backhand, and create a more angular shot. This can be good, but may not be effective against a less powerful opponent such as a nervous Federico Coria, whom they are are playing in the 3rd Round.
Roberto Carballes Baena d Fabio Fognini (3) 6-3 1-6 6-4
It was Beana with the edge in the first set, breaking the Italian to love, and winning the last 9 points of the set. The Italian seemed to be a bit flat-footed, but sprung into his step in the second set, winning the last 5 games of the second set. Both players refocused for what was a tight 3rd set. Baean broke early but Fognini gained the crowd's support by levelling the set at 3-3 before the Spaniard broke in the final game to claim victory.
Casper Ruud (1) d Holger Rune 6-0 6-2
It was very much a straight road to victory for the Norwegian, finishing the match in 65 minutes. Ruud broke 5 times, and the crowd wanted Rune to win atleast one game! When Rune won the 10th game of the match, he threw his hands up in celebration, much to the crowds appreciation. Ruud stayed strong mentally and physically to close out the match in style.
Norbert Gombos d Emil Ruusivuori (8) 6-2 6-4
Gombos headed into the match favourite against the Finnish 22yo. Ruusivuori had not won a clay match before defeating Ymer the day before in 3 sets, so it was not a surprise for Gombos to win a relatively straight forward match.
Henri Laaksonen d Elias Ymer 6-2 7-5
As much as the crowd wanted the only Swede to continue in the comp, the Swiss man had other ideas. A break in the first game led the momentum for Laaksonen in the first set, breaking twice. However, in the second set it was the Swede looking for a comeback, breaking early in the second set, leading 2-0. However, Ymer could not control much more of the second set, being broken straight back, and Laaksonen levelling 2-2. The world no 134 continued the aggression, showing why he deserves a QF spot.
Yannick Hanfmann d Jiri Vesely (7) 6-4 6-3
Hanfmann continued to display his aggression this tournament, and the 7th seed had little answers. Hanfmann converting 3/3 break points, and serving 6 aces in his straight sets win.