Pella opens Vicenza campaign succesfully, Riba upsets Gombos

Pere Riba

VICENZA, May 27, 2015

The remaining five first round matches as well as three encounters of the second round were scheduled on Day 3 at the ATP Challenger in Vicenza.

Guido Pella, who has reached two straight Challenger finals, winning in Sao Paulo, before falling to Alexander Zverev in the Heilbronn title match, also had a successful start into his Italian campaign. The fourth-seeded Argentine capitalized on all of his three break points, knocking out Italian qualifier Matteo Viola 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 11 minutes.

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With Pedro Cachin another Argentine had a winning start into the main draw. The 20-year-old qualifier won 79% of his first service points, beating Remi Boutillier 6-3, 7-5 in 80 minutes.

Albert Montaῆes and Inigo Cervantes set an all-Spanish-second round affair. The latter hit six aces in his match against Thomas Fabbiano, winning 7-6, 6-4 in one hour and 53 minutes. Montaῆes had to go the distance in his encounter with José Hernandez-Fernant. The fifth seed rallied back from a set down to overcome the man from the Dominican Republic after two hours and 21 minutes, winning 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.

Both Spaniards will meet each other only for the second time on the tour with Montaῆes leading 1-0 in head to head records. The 34-year-old from Barcelona won the previous meeting in Cordenons 2012 in straight sets.

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Pere Riba, who is playing his only second tournament of the season, following a first round qualifying loss against Denys Molchanov at Roland Garros, upset Vicenza’s number two-seed Norbert Gombos. The 27-year-old Spaniard fired eight aces, winning 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in two hours and three minutes.

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Top-seed Facundo Bagnis has already advanced to the quarterfinals winning 6-3, 6-4 against Guilherme Clezar after one hour and 17 minutes.

The Argentine is going to face Thiemo de Bakker next. The seventh-seed Dutchman beat Renzo Olivo, winning 6-4, 6-0 in exactly one hour of Play.

The tournament’s number six also made it into the quarterfinals. John Millman beat Adam Pavlasek 6-3, 6-2 in 68 minutes.

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