Carreno Busta Blitzes Berrettini In Montreal

Spaniard earns his first win against the Italian

Matteo Berrettini made his National Bank Open Presented by Rogers debut on Tuesday, but Pablo Carreno Busta ensured it was a short one.

The Spaniard, who lost against Berrettini in straight sets in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open, avenged that defeat with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the first round in Montreal.

Berrettini is working his way back from March right hand surgery, which has limited him to just four tournaments since Indian Wells. Covid-19 also forced him to miss Wimbledon.

Carreno Busta took full advantage with a ruthless display of consistent aggression. The Spaniard prevented his opponent from finding a rhythm without risking too much himself. After securing a second service break in the second set, the 31-year-old let out a big roar knowing the finish line was in sight.

In a battle of former Top 10 players in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, Carreno Busta did not face a break point to triumph after one hour and 17 minutes. The six-time ATP Tour titlist will next play #NextGenATP Dane Holger Rune or Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini.

There was also opening-round success for Maxime Cressy in Montreal. The big-serving American downed Aslan Karatsev 6-4, 6-4 with a strong serving performance to seal a 92-minute win on main draw debut at the Canadian Masters 1000 event.

Cressy fired 11 aces and won 83 per cent (24/29) of points behind his first delivery en route to victory in his first tour-level meeting with Karatsev. The 25-year-old, who won his maiden ATP Tour title on the grass in Newport last month, will next face 17th seed Gael Monfils, who battled past Pedro Martinez 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-2.

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Jack Draper’s strong 2022 form propelled him into the Top 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time in June, and the #NextGenATP Briton kept his cool to complete a 6-2, 6-3 victory on tournament debut against fellow qualifier Hugo Gaston.

The pair resumed their rain-interrupted first-round clash on Tuesday with Draper leading 6-2, 2-3 from Monday’s play. The 20-year-old immediately had to dig deep to fend off four break points and hold for 3-3 before claiming a decisive break of the Gaston serve in the next game, ultimately wrapping up a 83-minute victory to set a second-round test against third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Marin Cilic maintained his unbeaten record against Borna Coric as the 13th seed triumphed 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Croatian first-round clash. Cilic converted seven from 11 break points to ease to victory and improve his ATP Head2Head series lead against Coric to 8-0.

Cilic will take on Karen Khachanov in the second round. The pair shares a 2-2 ATP Head2Head series record, but Khachanov has beaten Cilic twice in 2022 — in Adelaide in January and in Doha in February.

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