Maia Open Main Draw Gets Underway

STARNBERG, November 30, 2020

Main draw matches of the Maia Open, the final ATP Challenger tournament held on European soil this season, kicked off Monday with four seeds in first-round action. No. 4 seed Henri Laaksonen opened his title bid at the €44,820 indoor clay-court event with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Zdenek Kolar from the Czech Republic.

The World No. 135 from Switzerland converted four of his nine break-point chances to seal victory in one hour and 27 minutes. Laaksonen will next take on Frenchman Quentin Halys, who battled past compatriot Geoffrey Blancaneaux 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in two hours and 28 minutes.

No. 6 seeded Italian veteran Paolo Lorenzi booked his spot in the second round at the Complexo Municipal de Ténis da Maia following a 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-2 hard-fought win over Michael Vrbensky from the Czech Republic. The 38-year-old Rome native outpointed his rival 111-100 after three hours and five minutes, the longest match of the day. Lorenzi, a winner of 21 ATP Challenger titles, will next play Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain, who eased past Portuguese wild card entry Nuno Borges 7-5, 6-1 in 78 minutes.

In other action, Arthur Rinderknech emerged victorious from the all-French encounter with Tristan Lamasine 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to next face Croatian qualifier Duje Ajdukovic. The 19-year-old Split native knocked out No. 7 seed Lorenzo Giustino 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 26 minutes.

Marco Trungelliti upset No. 5 seed Nikola Milojevic of Serbia. The 30-year-old from Argentina didn’t face a break point and capitalized on four of his own 10 break-point opportunities to prevail 6-3, 6-1 after 61 minutes. Up next for Trungelliti will be Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium, who edged out Daniel Masur from Germany 6-2, 7-5. The match lasted one hour and 27 minutes.