Carreno Busta Blitzes Berrettini In Montreal
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.
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.