Robin sweats it out to enter second round

Jigar Hindocha
Wednesday, 3 January 2018

World ranked 47, Robin hit down seven aces in the first set to win it 7-6 (8-6). The No 97 ranked Blaz started the second set well and gave a good fight but few unforced errors and miss-hits allowed Robin to walk home with a 7-5 victory.

PUNE: The patience of Dutchman Robin Hasse was tested by Blaz Kavic of Slovakia before he entered the second round with a 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 victory in the ATP 250 Series Tata Open Maharashtra at the Balewadi Tennis Complex on Tuesday.

World ranked 47, Robin hit down seven aces in the first set to win it 7-6 (8-6). The No 97 ranked Blaz started the second set well and gave a good fight but few unforced errors and miss-hits allowed Robin to walk home with a 7-5 victory.

Laslo Djere of Serbia also advanced into round two with a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Marius Copil of Romania.

Djere did not start well in the first set and committed four double faults which allowed Copil to take first set 7-5.

In the second set, Copil hit four aces to keep things tight at the start but as the game progressed Copil committed five double faults which allowed Djere to win it 6-4. In the decider, Djere kept things under control to win it 7-5. 

In the doubles contest, top seed Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Franko Skugor of Croatia hardly broke a sweat to enter the second round with a straight sets 6-4, 6-1 win over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary and Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in an hour and five minutes match.

Gilles Simon of France who had won his singles first round match on Monday continued good run in doubles, as well as French resident partnering with his country mate Pierre-Hugues Herbert, defeated Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Jonathan Erlich of Israel 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.

French duo was rusty at the start losing the first set 3-6. In the second set, Simon and Herbert controlled the things nicely to take the second set 6-3. In the super tiebreaker, Simon and Herbert gave Anderson and Erlich no chance and wrap it up with a 10-5 victory. 

The Czech Republic pair of Roman Jebavy and Jiri Vesely also made it to round two with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Radu Albot of Moldovan and Tennys Sandgren of United States.

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