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Sport ATP roundup: No. 5 seed Casper Ruud advances at Mallorca

06:55  22 june  2021
06:55  22 june  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Fifth seed Casper Ruud moved past Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6(4) on Monday to reach the second- round at the Mallorca Championships, and record his first grass-court victory of the season. The fifth seed , No. 14 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, broke the Frenchman’s serve twice and won 80 per cent (40/50) of his first-service points to advance at the new ATP 250 grass-court event in Spain. The 22-year-old will play Tennys Sandgren next after the American overcame Spaniard Jaume Munar 7-6(3), 7- 5 .

Top seed Daniil Medvedev will begin the Mallorca Championship against either Lloyd Harris or Corentin Moutet after the Russian received a first- round bye at the new ATP 250 grass-court event. The 25-year-old, who is currently No. 2 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, could face fifth seed Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals with the Norwegian star opening against Frenchman Gilles Simon. Medvedev has won 10 ATP Tour titles but none of them have come on grass. The Russian reached the semi-finals at the cinch Championships (l. to Simon) in 2019 and has a 28-15 career record on the surface.

No. 5 seed Casper Ruud of Norway won 80 percent (40 of 50) of his first-service points in a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory on Monday in the first round of the Mallorca Championships in Spain.

a close up of Casper Ruud holding a racket: French Open © Reuters/BENOIT TESSIER French Open

Ruud's next opponent at the new ATP 250 grass-court event will be American Tennys Sandgren, a 7-6 (3), 7-5 winner over Spain's Jaume Munar.

Other seeded players in action included No. 6 Karen Khachanov of Russia, who held off French qualifier Lucas Pouille 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-4. Slovakia's Lukas Klein upended No. 8 Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-6 (2).


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Official tennis player profile of Casper Ruud on the ATP Tour. Featuring news, bio, rankings, playing activity, coach, stats, win-loss, points breakdown De Minaur And Norrie Advance At Queen's. Casper Ruud , the No. 15 seed , hit 39 winners past Kamil Majchrzak on Wednesday at Roland Garros.

Official tennis player profile of Casper Ruud on the ATP Tour. Featuring news, bio, rankings, playing activity, coach, stats, win-loss, points breakdown, videos, and more. Casper Ruud , the No. 15 seed , hit 39 winners past Kamil Majchrzak on Wednesday at Roland Garros.

Also advancing Monday were Spain's Feliciano Lopez, Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, Australia's Jordan Thompson, Italy's Stefano Travaglia and Frenchmen Adrian Mannarino and Corentin Moutet.

A match between American Sam Querrey and Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena was tied at one set apiece when play was suspended due to darkness.

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Rain forced the postponement of all first-round matches at the grass-court event in England.

Gael Monfils of France is the No. 1 seed. Last year's tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medvedev looking for confidence on grass in Mallorca .
World number two Daniil Medvedev said on Monday he can play his best tennis on grass as the Russian warms up for Wimbledon in Mallorca this week. Medvedev has gone to at least the quarter-finals of every Grand Slam except Wimbledon, where his best result remains making the third round in 2019. A first-round defeat by world number 45 Jan-Lennard Struff last week in Halle raised further questions about Medvedev's form on grass but he insists he likes the surface. "I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play on it for two years," Medvedev told journalists in a press conference.

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