VALENCIA, October 26, 2015
The Valencia Open with a total prize money of € 604,155, is one of three ATP World Tour Tournaments taking place in Spain, and kicked off with the first two main draw matches on Monday.
In the first encounter on the new centre court – provisional for this year’s edition – Vasek Pospisil extended his head to haed record to 4-0 over Santiago Giraldo, winning 6-4, 6-3. The 25-year-old Canadian smashed nine aces, didn’t face a break point and won 96% of his first service points to seal victory in 70 minutes. Pospisil will meet the winner of the match between Aljaz Bedene and eighth seed Jeremy Chardy.
The first of nine Spaniards in the main draw was also in action, but Pablo Carreno-Busta lost to Pablo Cuevas 2-6, 3-6. The word number 70 from Barcelona produced too many unforced errors and didn’t gain a break point. Cuevas converted three of his nine opportunities to set a second round clash with third seed Bernard Tomic after only 61 minutes of play.
Mischa Zverev, Michal Przysiezny, Daniel Brands as well as Taro Daniel are the four players, who battled through the qualifying to reach the main draw. The tournament is led by top-seed David Ferrer, who clinched the title here three times (2008, 2010, 2012), and arrives as Sunday’s champion from the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. The 33-year-old Spaniard as well as second seed Feliciano López, third favourite Bernard Tomic and fourth seed Fabio Fognini receive a first round bye.