Escobedo Upsets Granollers At Monterrey Challenger

Ernesto Escobedo advances to the semi-finals (photo: Abierto GNP Seguros)

MONTERREY, October 6, 2018

The semi-finals of the Abierto GNP Seguros are set. Ernesto Escobedo knocked out top seed Marcel Granollers of Spain 7-6(5), 7-6(4) on Friday evening.

The 22-year-old US-American struck seven aces, winning 80 per cent of his first service points to seal victory in one hour and 42 minutes. Up next for Escobedo will be David Ferrer, who eased past Austrian Sebastian Ofner 6-3, 6-2.

Ivo Karlovic defeated Bjorn Fratangelo from the United States 6-4, 6-3. The No. 5 seed from Croatia broke his opponent’s serve two times to advance in one hour and 10 minutes. Karlovic will next take on Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, who rallied past seventh favourite Gerald Melzer of Austria 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3. The encounter lasted two hours and 21 minutes.