Monday's Blog - As it Happens

October 10, 2022

Monday's Blog - As it Happens

The much-lauded 16-year-old wildcard, Martin Landaluce got his first taste of ATP matchplay, with the raucous support of the home crowd. Putting up initial resitaance, the US Open junior champion faded in the second set, as the more experienced Tommy Paul applied the pressure and ran away with a 6-3 6-0 .

For his part,  the plucky Landaluce was forthcoming in his post-match interview stating, “it was a match full of nerves, energy, adrenaline and intensity. At 2-1 it was touch and go there, and I played well but not so much when it came to the serve or the backhand. With opponents as good as these, if they see a slight weakness they go for the kill quickly. In the end there was a big difference between us, he is one of the best players in the world, but I really enjoyed the match with the crowd behind me.”

Paul will now  face the winner of tomorrow’s match between two qualifiers, either Marco Trungletti of Argentina or another Spaniard in the form of Nicolas Alvarez Varona.

Dominic Thiem was swift and methodical in his disposal of Joao Souza. In his 61-minute 6-2 6-0 dismissal of the Portuguese number #1 , the Austrian’s full arsenal was on display, including that fabulous one-handed backhand which we have missed seeing since he was forced to take time off to rrecover from injury. Post-match, Thiem stated how happy he was to be back and thanked the crowd for their support.

Almost at the same time on court 1, a second Frenchman made it through to round two. Arthur Rinderknech took out lucky loser Carlos Taberner 6-3 6-3. He will now face Monteiro in the second round on Wednesday.

Former US Open champ Dominic Thiem was welcomed to Gijón to rapturous applause. Still on the comeback trail, the Austraian teed off against Joao Sousa (POR). The day’s doubles matches concluded. Second seeded Italians Simone Bolelli & Fabio Fognini, were second up on court one and manages to come away with a swin over Spanish wildcards Sergio Martos & Jaume Munar

Constant Lestienne faced seventh seed Sebastien Baez. Unphased by the Argentine’s higher ranking, the Frenchman took the first set in a tiebreak. At 4-4 in the second, Baez was forced to retire due to cramping, taken off court in a wheelchair. Here’s hoping to a speedy recovery for the world number 35.

Thiago Monteiro (BRA) and Benjamin Bonzi (FRA, pictured) kicked off main draw proceedings on the centre court today. After almsot ninety minutes, the match went the way of the Brazilian world number 65, who won his first tour-level indoor match of 2022 on his fourth attempt.

Play gets underway on both courts, with singles action on centre court, and doubles starting on court 1.