BRESCIA, November 16, 2015
While the ATP World Tour Finals are in London underway, the ATP Challenger season is also in its second last week. One of the last tournaments in Europe is the € 42,500 Trofeo Città di Brescia.
Eighth favourite Dustin Brown was the only seeded player in action on Monday, winning 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 against Italian wild card Gianluca Mager. The world number 124 from Germany fired 26 aces and saved the only break point he faced to prevail in one hour and 22 minutes.
Brown will take on another local player next, as Salvatore Caruso beat Swedish lucky loser Elias Ymer 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 saving two match points. The 22-year-old Italian broke serve two times and won 75% of his first service points to close the encounter after two hours and one minute.
Mirza Basic defeated French wild card Gregoire Barrere, winning 7-5, 6-4. The 24-year-old Bosnian hit 11 aces and saved all of the three break points he faced, converting two of his own to seal victotry in 64 minutes.
“We both played a good match, which was of high quality. I was a bit lucky in the deciding points,” Basic told afterwards. “The surface here is very quick. The court I played is even faster than the centre court. It was pretty tough,” the Sarajevo resident added about the conditions.