ATP Belgrade 🇷🇸 Day 2 Results
Federico Delbonis d Lukas Klein 3-6 6-3 6-4
Despite Klein having triple the break point opportunities (19-6), it was the better ranked world no 52 who saw victory in a nice comeback.
Alex Molcan d Hamad Medjedovic 6-4 6-3
The Serbian was no match for the Slovakian clay lover. Molcan is a great clay player and too good for the local. Very consistent on serving, averaging 75% for first serves in, and winning first & second serves, leaving no opportunity for the Serb to break.
Mats Moraing d Egor Gerasimov 4-6 7-6(7) 7-5
Surprised that Gerasimov almost won here. Gerasimov has not had good form at all recently, and the German should have been more clinical. A relatively even match, but Moraing having many more break point opportunities that needed to be converted (26-15).
Pablo Cuevas d Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3 6-2
As the commentators said, Kecmanovic was just outclassed. Kecmanovic is probably the better opponent on hard court, but the way Cuevas directs the ball on the angle, moving the tall Serbian around is too good to compete against. The Uruguayan's great recent form is serving him well, and despite being 35yo, Pablo Cuevas is still playing divine tennis.
Dusan Lajovic d Ricardas Berankis 6-3 6-3
Berankis converting 0/6 break points, comparing to Lajovic, converting 4/4 break points. Lajovic's backhand proved too good, directing it and taking control.
Thiago Monteiro d Radu Albot 6-2 6-2
Albot's second serve win percentage at 29%, half of Monteiro's 60% allowed Monteiro to grab four breaks throughout the match, leaving little comeback room as the left-handed Brazilian proved too good for the Moldovian.
Fernando Verdasco d Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-2
The 36yo Spaniard played a patient first set, with little unforced errors and slower play, more to his liking and control. Once opportunities rose, the world no 107 was sure to pounce, and continued to do more and more as the match progressed.
Andrej Martin d Christopher O'Connell 3-6 7-6(7) 7-5
The only distinguisher in the match here was Martin's 10 double faults to 0 for O'Connell. This was as close as a match gets statistically, but it was Martin with the clay experience to overcome the Aussie.
Roberto Carbaelles Baena d Arthur Rinderknech 6-0 6-4
After a hyped previous week in Lyon, Rinderknech seemed in form to play Baena, but it was the experienced Spaniard to overcome Rinderknech's form in style. Rinderknech's serve is his primary weapon, but with 51% of first serves in , and from that only 57% being won, it was clearly the Frenchman's match to lose. Buena just remained consistent and earned him a straight-forward victory.