SEVILLA, September 13, 2019
Six Spaniards advanced to the quarterfinals of the LVII Copa Sevilla led by top seed Jaume Munar. The World No. 112 defeated compatriot Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon at the Real Club de Tenis Betis.
Munar converted three of his seven break point chances to secure victory in one hour and 34 minutes. The 22-year-old from Mallorca will next take on veteran Guillermo Garcia Lopez, who rallied past fellow Spaniard Mario Vilella Martinez 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 after two hours and 16 minutes.
Carlos Taberner caused the upset of the day by knocking out No. 4 seed Paolo Lorenzi from Italy. The 16th favourite from Spain remained untroubled during his 6-1, 6-2 win in only 61 minutes. Taberner will next play Inigo Cervantes, who had to go the distance against Alex Molcan from Slovakia. The 29-year-old Spaniard, who is playing his only fourth tournament of the season and is currently ranked World No. 1936, prevailed 6-0, 3-6, 7-5. The third-round encounter lasted one hour and 56 minutes.
Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz Garfia booked his first quarterfinal spot at Challenger level. The 16-year-old from Murcia fought past No. 7 seed Pedro Martinez of Spain 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Alcaraz Garfia capitalized on five of his 11 break point chances to advance after two hours and 45 minutes. The young gun will next challenge No. 2 seed Salvatore Caruso from Italy.
Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain round out the competitors in the stage of the final eight of the €69,280 ATP Challenger 90 clay-court event.