Aljaz Bedene is among the first winners at inaugural Cordoba Open, beating Maximilian Marterer 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 26 minutes for the place in the second round. The Slovenian lost just 13 points in ten service games and he delivered some good numbers behind the rivals second serve to create ten break chances, converting one in each set to march on in straight sets.
Aljaz was off to a great rhythm right from the opening game of the encounter, serving well and securing a break in the sixth game when Marterer sent a forehand wide. Bedene closed the opener with a hold at 15 in game nine and Marterer bounced back in the second, playing on the level terms with the opponent to reach 4-4 without any troubles on serve.
Out of sudden, the German faced five break points in game nine and he hit a double fault on the last one to suffer a break and send Bedene 5-4 up. Serving for the match, Aljaz held at 15 in game ten for his first win since October, happy with the way he performed.
The 23-year-old Lorenzo Sonego clinched the first ATP win since the US Open and the sixth overall following a 6-3, 6-2 win over Pablo Andujar in an hour and 33 minutes. The Italian lost 15 points in nine service games, fending off all three break points to mount the pressure on the other side of the net and wait for a chance on the return patiently.
The Spaniard lost almost 50% of the points in his games and he suffered three breaks from five opportunities that Sonego created. Lorenzo saved all three break points in the opener and he grabbed a break in the sixth game for a 4-2, holding at love in game nine to take it 6-3.
The Italian lost just two points on serve in set number two and Andujar was far from that pace, dropping five straight games to hit the exit door, hoping for a better run in the upcoming events on clay. The 8th seed Guido Pella had an easy day at the office, defeating the Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-3 in an hour and 13 minutes.
Lorenzi had to play for more than three hours in the final qualifying round on Sunday and he had nothing left in the tank for this one, struggling to make an impact on serve and allowing Pella to win more than 50% of the return points.
The Argentinian delivered five breaks of serve and he lost ten points in his games, getting broken once but controlling the scoreboard all the time to reach the last 16 in style. A qualifier Pedro Cachin scored his maiden ATP win after a great 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Cameron Norrie in an hour and 22 minutes, playing well on both the serve and return to bring the encounter home and celebrate with the home crowd.
Pedro gave away 12 points in ten service games, delivering fury from the first serve and creating six break chances, converting one in each set for the place in the second round. A left-handed Briton sprayed a forehand error in the opening game of the match to lose serve and he couldnt pull it back, with Cachin blasting three service winners in game ten for a 6-4.
Norrie saved break points at the start of the second set and he wasted game points at 4-4 to play a loose forehand and hand the game to Cachin who crossed the finish line with a service winner in game ten to wrap up the maiden ATP win.