Wednesday: 4,300 Fans Flock to see Hometown Hero Carreño
Carreño, Thiem, Paul, Korda, Cachin advance; Spaniards feel the pinch in the doubles.
Big Names Make it Through
Former world #1 junior Sebastian Korda blasted past Spain’s Jaume Munar, before warming the stage for local hero Pablo Carreño. In what appeared to be more relief than elation upon winning, the second seed withstood a second set fightback from Brazilian Thiago Monteiro to post a straight sets win.
In his post-match press conference and with the weight of a city on his shoulders, the local player claimed, "playing at home has its good side and it also brings with it some complications. I knew it was important to get off to a good start, as that would take some of the pressure off. At the end of the match I got a little more nervous than I would normally get and made some forehand errors, but in the end I felt great. Playing here at home felt amazing and feeling the energy of the crowd was a nice feeling."
To close out play today, Dominic Thiem made a stunning comeback to outlast Marcos Giron. The Austrian blitzed his way through the final set and as his American opponent seemed to be fading, Thiem piled on the pressure to take the match 3-6 6-4 6-0.
End of The Road for Qualifiers
Pedro Cachin, who was making his indoor debut of 2022, beat qualifier Alexey Vatutin and will face off against a resurgent Andy Murray Tomorrow. Another qualifier, local Nicolas Alvarez Varona was shown the exit door by fifth seed Tommy Paul. Manuel Guinard is the only qualifier left in the draw.
Doubles Doldrums for Spanish Players
In the morning session, Dutch pair Sander Arends & David Pel won their doubles match 6-1 6-2 in convincing fashion over Diego Hidalgo of Ecuador and his Colombian teammate Cristian Rodríguez.
Then, Rafael Matos (BRA) & David Vega Hernández (ESP) posted a 6-3 6-3 victory over the young Spanish duo Alejandro Davidovich Fokina & Martin Landaluce.
To add to the woes of the locals, Sander Gille (BEL) & Fabrice Martin (FRA) upset the top seeds Marcel Granollers (ESP) & Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 7-6 6-4.
In the final match of the day, Nikola Cacic (SRB) & Hugo Nys (MON) scored a thrilling win taking the third set in a monumental match tiebreak over Raven Klaasen (RSA) & Marcelo Melo to close out the match 6-2 6-7 16-14.
Today’s Singles Results:
Pedro Cachín (ARG) def. [Q] Alexey Vatutin 7-6 6-0
 Tommy Paul (USA) def. [Q] Nicolas Álvarez Varona (ESP) 6-3 7-6
Sebastian Korda (USA) def. Jaume Munar (ESP) 6-4 6-1
 Pablo Carreño (ESP) def. Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-4 7-6
[PR] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs Marcos Giron (USA)