18-Year-Old Ymer Stuns Verdasco In Stockholm
Teenager will meet Karlovic next
He's played only two ATP World Tour matches but 18-year-old Mikael Ymer has already swept a former Top 10 player. The Swedish wild card dismissed Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday, needing only 70 minutes to eliminate the left-hander from the If Stockholm Open.
Ymer impressed the Swedish crowd with poise of a more experienced, higher-ranked player, not what they might have expected from the World No. 549 who made his ATP World Tour debut a year ago in Stockholm (l. to A. Zverev). The right-hander saved all three break points faced and broke Verdasco for the fifth time to clinch the match, his first ATP World Tour victory. Ymer will have a tall task in round two. He faces 6'11” Ivo Karlovic, the third seed.
Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, another former Top 10 player, delivered 17 aces in a 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 comeback victory against Japanese Yuichi Sugita. Almagro saved seven of eight break points in the two-hour, 18-minute match and will next face John Isner or Juan Martin del Potro.