Sweden’s Mikael Ymer needed just 58 minutes to upset third-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils on his own turf Thursday, winning 6-1, 6-2 in the second round of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, France.
Despite not recording a single ace, Ymer cruised, winning 20 of his 24 first-service points (83.3 percent) and breaking Monfils five times in eight opportunities.
No. 1 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany advanced, beating American Mackenzie McDonald 6-2, 7-6 (5), but two other seeded players also fell. Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina went the distance to beat fourth-seeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, and France’s Adrian Mannarino beat No. 8 seed David Goffin of Belgium 6-4, 6-2.
Frenchman Richard Gasquet also defeated Korea’s Soon Woo Kwon 7-5, 6-4.
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On the same day his younger brother notched a victory in France, Sweden’s Elias Ymer upset No. 1 seed Aslan Karatsev of Russia 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the second round in Pune, India.
Ymer smashed 10 aces and never faced a break point en route to his win. In the second-set tiebreak, Ymer went ahead 3-0 and won six of the first seven points before finishing Karatsev off on his third match point.
No. 4 seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic handled Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles, 6-3, 6-4. Sixth-seeded Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland beat Czech foe Vit Kopriva 6-3, 6-3, and Italian eighth seed Stefano Travaglia eliminated India’s Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-2.
The home crowd was treated to an Argentine upset victory when Sebastian Baez beat third-seeded Cristian Garin of Chile 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, in the second round in Cordoba, Argentina.
In a match lasting more than two hours, Baez made the difference on break points. He saved seven of 11 break points he faced while managing to break Garin eight times in 15 chances.
Fourth-seeded Lorenzo Sonego of Italy required two hours and 35 minutes to dispatch Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2. No. 6 seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas when Varillas retired down 6-4, 2-3.
In the final match of the day, Chile’s Alejandro Tabilo ousted Spain’s Carlos Taberner 6-2, 6-4.
–Field Level Media