Carballes Baena Opens Title Bid At Gran Canaria Challenger

Roberto Carballes Baena (photo: Marta Magni/MEF Tennis Events)


The top two seeds of the Gran Canaria Challenger have both booked their spots in the second round of the ATP Challenger Tour 80 clay-court tournament. No. 1 seed Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain opened his title bid with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Italian Luciano Darderi on Tuesday afternoon at the El Cortijo Club de Campo in Telde.

The World No. 79, who was born on Gran Canaria’s neighbouring island of Tenerife, converted five of his 10 break-point chances to advance after one hour and 17 minutes.

“I made too many mistakes at the beginning of the match, I was nervous, “ Carballes Baena said. “Then when I got used to the conditions on the court I managed to play a good match, I am satisfied. Gran Canaria? I like. I was born in Tenerife. I am very pleased to play here this week. I hope to go as far as possible.”

Carballes Baena will next take on his compatriot and fellow wild card entry Pol Martin Tiffon, who beat Serbian veteran Miljan Zekic 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 29 minutes.

Mager wins first match as a dad

In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Gianluca Mager defeated Spanish qualifier Pol Toledo Bague 6-4, 6-2. The World No. 104 from Italy struck 10 aces and won 79 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after one hour and 26 minutes.

“My opponent started very strong,” said Mager. “I have trained less than usual in recent weeks and I needed a few games to get into the match. I am happy with how I managed the challenge once I recovered from a slow start at the beginning of the first set.”

Mager became a father on February 16 when his partner and former World WTA World No. 401 Valentine Confalonieri gave birth to little Vittoria.

“How do I feel to have won my first match as a dad? A feeling that cannot be described, it is beautiful. I’m happy, Vittoria gives me peace of mind.”

Up next for Mager will be Javier Barranco Cosano, who emerged victorious from the all-Spanish encounter with qualifier Oriol Roca Batalla, winning 6-4, 6-4. The match lasted one hour and 47 minutes.

Tuesday Results 

Singles – First Round

Roberto Carballes Baena b. Luciano Darderi 6-2 6-4
Gianluca Mager b. Pol Toledo Bague 6-4 6-2
Salvatore Caruso b. Carlos Lopez Montagud 5-7 6-0 6-4
Lukas Rosol b. Alessandro Giannessi 7-6(7) 3-6 7-6(2)
Johan Nikles b. Federico Gaio 2-6 7-6(6) 6-3
Nikolas Sanchez Izquierdo b. Lorenzo Giustino 6-2 6-2
Duje Ajdukovic b. Miguel Damas 6-4 6-0
Javier Barranco Cosano b.. Oriol Roca Batalla 6-4 6-4
Riccardo Bonadio b. Matthieu Perchicot 6-1 6-2
Carlos Gimeno Valero b. Timofey Skatov 6-2 6-1
Pol Martin Tiffon b. Miljan Zekic 6-4 6-3
Gonçalo Oliveira b. Mathias Bourgue 6-4 6-1