Albert Ramos Viñolas was the first Spaniard to get a win on Tuesday in the Mutua Madrid Open. The Catalan, who made it through the qualifiers, came back to triumph 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that lasted two and a quarter hours against the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, who travelled to the Caja Mágica from Istanbul after finishing runner-up to Roger Federer on Sunday. Ramos Viñolas will take on David Ferrer in the second round.
The day’s only all-Spanish clash saw Madrid local Fernando Verdasco duke it out with Castile-La Mancha native Guillermo García López, with the former finishing on top following another fight back from behind, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. At no point were the two men evenly matched during the encounter. Verdasco only managed to take one of the opening six games, while eight of the match’s 27 finished as love games with only four going to deuce. The clash also included Verdasco winning 16 straight points at one stage during the second set. Verdasco, a quarter-finalist in Madrid in 2009 and 2012, will battle it out with the US Open champion, Croatia’s Marin Cilic, for a place in the last 16.
While Verdasco was winning, Daniel Gimeno Traver was powerless to stop the fierce serve of Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who only dropped five games to cruise to a 6-2, 6-3 victory in just 61 minutes. The recent Estoril finalist notched up 10 aces during his long-awaited Madrid debut. This result sets up a very intriguing tie against Federer on Wednesday.
Marcel Granollers progressed to the next round, albeit after his opponent was forced to retire because of an injury. After a third time out in the match Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, champion of the clay tour in Casablanca and a semi-finalist in Barcelona, decided to call it a day with the score reading 5-2 in his rival’s favour. Granollers’ next obstacle comes in the shape of Gael Monfils. The Frenchman has got off to a strong start in the Mutua Madrid Open with a 6-2, 6-0 win to send home Serbia’s Viktor Troicki.
The next Spaniard to try his luck in this year’s edition of the competition was Roberto Bautista Agut. The Valencian overcame the challenge of Romanian wildcard Marius Copil in one and a half hours with a 7-5, 6-3 victory and will now take on American Sam Querrey. To wrap up the day’s contribution from the home-grown players, another American, Jack Sock, beat Pablo Andújar despite a valiant effort to turn things around near the end by the recent Barcelona runner-up. The match finished 6-4, 7-5 after one hour and 44 minutes. Next up, Sock will face France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who got through his opening match in the tournament 7-5, 6-3 against the Czech Republic’s Lucas Rosol.