Lajovic, Carreno Busta Advance To Chengdu Second Round
Verdasco to face Garin
Fifth seed Dusan Lajovic, who captured his first ATP Tour title in July at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag, struck 10 aces to beat Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes on Tuesday at the Chengdu Open.
“I feel good about my win," said Lajovic. "It wasn’t easy to play today because we had to go off the court many times because of the rain delay. In the second set, I lost my focus a little bit and lost the set and had to wrap my head around that. But I’m happy that I had an early break in the third and another one which helped me because I lost my serve once. I feel good playing here in Chengdu. It’s a nice city, nice tournament, good organization and I enjoy coming back."
Elsewhere, former World No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta lost just six of his first-service points in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Radu Albot of Moldova in 80 minutes for a second-round encounter against third-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire.
Belarusian Egor Gerasimov, who reached last week’s St. Petersburg Open semi-finals (l. to Medvedev), set up a meeting against top-seeded American John Isner after he beat Zhe Li, a Chinese wild card, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 57 minutes.
"I think in the first set I was very good," said Verdasco, "I almost didn’t miss any balls. Second set he started very strong with powerful serves over 200kmh, while I didn’t start with the same feeling on the ball. He was 4-1 up and had chances to break me again but I kept fighting and when I won that game, it gave me the confidence to break him in the next game. It’s not easy when you’re 1-4 down, but I’m happy with my first set and how I came back in the second set."