May 15, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

Unseeded Rafael Nadal got the latest possible slot for a first-round match on the main court – which happens to be named “Pista Rafael Nadal”. He gets through, largely on the back of 41 unforced errors by his young opponent. But also – he looked pretty good.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov got his clay season under way in Bucharest, where he took a wild card. As often happens when he’s a wild card (although this year, it’s a rankings thing more than a last-minute-decision thing), it didn’t go his way against crafty Frenchman Corentin Moutet.

At about the same time, Félix Auger-Aliassime played Maximilian Marterer in Munich. He finished long after Shapovalov was showered and done. And he saved a match point in winning what he said was one of the craziest matches of his career – much needed crazy for the Canadian.

(Barcelona and Munich are 6 hours ahead of EDT; Bucharest is 7 hours ahead).

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Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Surface: Outdoor Clay
Category: ATP 500
Dates:
April 15 – 21, 2024
Prize money: €2,938,695
Draws: S48 – D16

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Final results

Singles, second round

Brandon Nakashima (USA) def [2] Andrey Rublev (RUS) 64 76 (6)

Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) def [8] Sebastien Baez (ARG) 57 76 (8) 62

Facundo Diaz Acosta (ARG) def [15] Borna Coric (CRO) 62 75

 

[12] Cameron Norrie (GBR) def. [Q] Harold Mayot (FRA) 76 (3) 67 (6) retd

[13] Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG) def. [Q] Nick Hardt (DOM) 75 62

 

Singles, first round

[PR] Rafael Nadal (ESP) def Flavio Cobolli (ITA) 62 63

 

Daniel Altmaier (GER) def Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 63 76 (4)

Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) def. [LL] Hugo Grenier (FRA) 62 64

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) def. [Q] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 61 62

Tomas Machac (CZE) def. [Q] Jungcheng Shang (CHN) 64 64

Jaume Munar (ESP) def. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 63 61

Luca Van Assche (FRA) def Zhizhen Zhang (CHN) 75 62

 

Doubles, first round

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) / Mate Pavic (CRO) def Robin Haase (NED) / Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 62 64

Maximo Gonzalez / Andres Molteni (ARG) def Simone Bolelli / Andrea Vavassori (ITA) 62 75

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BMW Open
Location: Munich, Germany
Surface: Outdoor Clay
Category: ATP 250
Dates:
April 15 – 21, 2024
Prize money: €651,865
Draws: S28 – D16

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Final results

Singles, first round

[5] Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) def. Maximilian Marterer (GER) 67 (5) 76 (6) 76 (3)

 

Cristian Garin (CHI) def [7] Dominik Koepfer (GER) 76 (3) 63

Yannick Hanfmann (GER) def [8] Alexander Shevchenko (KAZ) 67 (6) 63 75

 

Taro Daniel (JPN) def. Christopher O’Connell (AUS) 63 64

Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) def Camilo Ugo Carabelli (ARG) 76 (2) 64

[Q] Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) def [WC] Marko Topo (GER) 36 61 63

Jurij Rodionov (AUT) def Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) 62 63

Botic van de Zandschulp (NED) def. [Q] Ivan Gakhov (RUS) 64 26 63

 

Doubles, first round

Alexander Erler / Lucas Miedler (AUT) def. Guido Andreozzi (ARG) / Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) 63 62

 

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Tiriac Open
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Surface: Outdoor Clay
Category: ATP 250
Dates:
April 15 – 21, 2024
Prize money: €651,865
Draws: S28 – D16

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Final results

Singles, first round

Corentin Moutet (FRA) def [WC] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 64 62

 

[WC] Joao Fonseca (BRA) def [6] Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 76 (5) 75

 

[7] Nuno Borges (POR) def. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 36 75 62

[8] Pedro Martinez (ESP) def. [Q] Carlos Taberner (ESP) 61 36 63

 

[Q] Radu Albot (MDA) def Alexander Kovacevic (USA) 76 (4) 46 61

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) def. [Q] Valentin Vacherot (MON) 76 (8) 62

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) def. David Goffin  (BEL) 64 36 63

 

Doubles, first round

[2] Sadio Doumbia / Fabien Reboul (FRA) def. Tallon Griekspoor / Bart Stevens (NED) 76 (9) 64

[3] Helio Heliovaara (FIN) / Henry Patten (GBR) def. [WC] Cezar Cretu / Filip Cristian Jianu (ROU) 61 63

[4] Nicolas Barrientos (COL) / Rafael Matos (BRA) def. Luciano Darderi  (ITA) / Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA) [ALT] Federico Coria / Mariano Navone (ARG) 62 63

 

Matwe Middelkoop / Sander Arends (NED) def Nicolas Mahut / Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) 63 76 (6)

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