Albert Ramos' solidity is not enough to defeat Nishikori

The Spanish could not with a great Nishikori in a meeting that left after two hours. Davidovich and Martínez, to the final draw of the tournament.


Albert Ramos had no luck in his confrontation with Kei Nishikori, but it won't be because he didn't look for her. In a match marked by equality, the Japanese knew how to take advantage of the opportunities he had in the decisive moments and decided the duel in his favor by 6-4 and 7-6 (3) in more than two hours of play.

This Monday is Nishikori's first victory in an official tournament in more than a year, since he had not won since August 28, 2019, when he defeated Klahn in the second round of the US Open. Since then, the Japanese left the slopes for an elbow operation. When tennis was coming back, Nishikori tested positive for coronavirus, thus missing Cincinnati and the US Open. He returned a week ago in Kitzbühel, where he was eliminated at the first exchange by the Serbian Kecmanovic.

Now, 30-year-old Nishikori is scoring victory against a very good Albert Ramos, who gave the Japanese a lot of headaches by moving him around the track. Both players were very solid with their serve. Nishikori could only win one of the nine break balls he had, while Ramos wasted the two he did. In this way, the 32-year-old Catalan says goodbye in the first round of the Masters 1000 in Rome, a tournament on his favorite surface (he reached the final in Monaco in 2017), while Nishikori is already waiting for the winner of the Wawrinka-Musetti.

Davidovich and Martínez, to the final draw

The Malaga-born Alejandro Davidovich and Pedro Martínez have passed the preliminary phase of the 1000 Masters in Rome after defeating the Frenchman Corentin Moutet, and the Slovakian Andrej Martin, respectively.

Davidovich beat Moutet, 6-1 and 6-2 and Martinez beat Martin, 6-3 and 6-2.

This Monday, in addition to the last round of the qualifying phase, the first round of the main draw will be played, with the debut of Albert Ramos against the Japanese Kei Nishikori, and Aliona Bolsava, in the WTA tournament, against the American Alison Riske.

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