BLUMENAU/STARNBERG, January 13, 2022
World No. 348 Nicolas Moreno de Alboran headlined Thursday’s second-round action at the Circuito Dove Men Care in Blumenau, Brazil by knocking out the top seed of the $37,520 ATP Challenger Tour 50 clay-court event, Fernando Verdasco, 7-5, 6-3.
The 24-year-old US-American won 76 per cent of his first-service points and converted four of his seven break-point chances to prevail in one hour and 50 minutes. Moreno de Alboran, a winner of three ITF World Tennis Tour singles titles last season, will next take on Igor Marcondes. The No. 5 seed cruised past 16-year-old fellow Brazilian and wild card entry Matheus Amorim de Lima 6-0, 6-1 in only 57 minutes.
Facundo Diaz Acosta of Argentina defeated home favourite Pedro Sakamoto 6-4, 6-3. The eighth seed outpointed his rival 69-53 after one hour and 44 minutes. Up next for Diaz Acosta will be his compatriot Juan Bautista Torres. The 19-year-old from Buenos Aires rallied from a set down to overcome Spaniard Jose Fco. Vidal Azorin 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The encounter lasted two hours and 36 minutes.
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ATP Challenger Blumenau Thursday Results:
Facundo Diaz Acosta (ARG) d. Pedro Sakamoto (BRA) – 6/4 6/3
Igor Marcondes (BRA) d. Matheus Amorim de Lima (BRA) – 6/0 6/1
Nicolas de Alboran (USA) d. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) – 7/5 6/3
Juan Bautista Torres (ARG) d. Jose Francisco Azorin (ESP) – 4/6 6/4 6/3