Read & Watch: Schwartzman Back To Winning Ways
Carreno Busta battles through final-set tie-break
Second-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman earned a confidence boosting victory over #NextGenATP Norwegian wild card Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in two hours and six minutes on Monday at the German Tennis Championships presented by Kampmann.
Schwartzman, who had lost four of his past five matches, recovered from a slow start and saved four break points in the final game to record his 18th clay-court match win of the season (26-16 overall). The World No. 12, who will next meet qualifier Daniel Masur, clinched his second ATP World Tour crown in February at the Rio Open presented by Claro (d. Verdasco). Masur recorded his first tour-level win over fellow German Maximilian Marterer 6-3, 6-4.
Schwartzman's compatriot Leonardo Mayer, the 2014 and 2017 champion, swept past Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-2 in 83 minutes and will next face France’s Gael Monfils or sixth-seeded Italian Marco Cecchinato, last week’s titlist at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag (d. Pella).
Third seed Pablo Carreno Busta also battled through on the first day of play, overcoming 2017 runner-up Florian Mayer 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) after two hours, 12 minutes. The Spaniard, competing in Hamburg for the first time since his debut in 2014, ousted the German wild card by the thinnest of margins. He took a 3/0 lead in the final-set tie-break, and would not look back from there.
Carreno Busta will next face Slovenian Aljaz Bedene or Swiss Henri Laaksonen. Bedene has won two of his three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against Carreno Busta, while the Spaniard has not faced Laaksonen.
Did You Know?
Schwartzman, 25, has won both of his ATP World Tour titles on clay courts - in May 2016 at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open (d. Dimitrov) and earlier this year in Rio de Janeiro. His two runner-up finishes have come on hard courts at the European Open in October 2016 and 2017.