Bautista crashes; Andújar, Feliciano and Carballés, go ahead

Bautista, eliminated at the hands of Albot. Andújar, beat Halys and will face Krajinovic; Feliciano, to You and he will run into Sonego; and Carballés, to Balasz and Medvedev awaits him.


Roberto Bautista, seed number 12 of the Australian Open, is out of the tournament at the first exchange after losing against Moldovan Radu Albot (31 years and 85th in the world) in four sets and 3h: 15: 6-7 (1), 6-0, 6-4 and 7-6 (5). It is the third time that the Spaniard falls in the first round of a tournament in which last year he reached the third after being a quarter-finalist in 2019. Disappointment for a strangely apathetic and tired Bautista (perhaps with some kind of discomfort after the ATP Cup ) who was surprised by Albot's high pace and who took advantage of a break in the fourth set to have forced the fifth. He did not give a good feeling at any time, especially with the donut embedded in the second sleeve. Not even in the first the game dominated. "There are times when the head and the body do not go. We return home earlier than expected. There is no other than to get up and continue," wrote the tennis player from Castellón on his social networks.

Pablo Andújar, for his part, ended the four-year streak on Tuesday without going beyond the first round of the Oceanic Grand Slam that gripped him since he won his last match in 2014 (against the Polish Janowicz). Since then, five defeats counting the previous one in 2018. The Cuenca also had four defeats between the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. It is his first victory since he beat Federico Coria in the Antwerp tournament last October . The 35-year-old Spanish tennis player and 59th in the world also beat Frenchman Quentin Halys (24th and 206th) in three sets: 6-4, 7-5 and 7-5 in 2:14. Serbian Filip Krajinovic awaits him in the second round.

Andújar did not have it easy in any of the three sleeves, in the first he was twice with a break behind, but he came back from 3-1 and broke his opponent's serve to get 5-4 and sentence with his service . In the other two sets he repeated the pattern of breaking in the eleventh game. Halys hit him 17 aces for a total of 49 winners, but the big difference was in the unforced errors. Those of the Frenchman soared (51), while those of Andújar were minimized (12). Patience was the key.

Feliciano López wins five years later

Another Spaniard who had a negative streak at the Australian Open, also won. Feliciano López had not managed to pass the first round since 2016, when he reached the third, and he removed the thorn against the Australian guest Li Tu, a young unranked player who he beat 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (4) and 6-4 in 2:46. Last year he did not manage to pass to the second round in any of the three greats that were held. "It was difficult to play this game, because I did not know anything about my rival. I asked other Australians, in case they knew something and to give me some information. I did not know if I could come here, because my son was born on January 4." said Feliciano, who with 54 winning strokes (21 from direct service) started his 76th Grand Slam, the 75th in a row, an absolute record in that regard. On Thursday he will face the Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

Carballés makes his debut and Vilella leaves

Another of the Spanish joys of the day was given by Roberto Carballés, who won his first match in the Aussie Grand Slam on the third attempt. The Tenerife-born player defeated Hungarian Attila Balasz 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 and 6-3 in 2:38. “I am very happy, it is my first victory here in Australia, I had a great game, very focused on the game. I started more nervous than normal, I had a lot of balls in break, and that was tense me a little more. I came back in the first set, but in the second, when I had break balls almost every game, he beat me. From the break of the third the match changed, "explained Carballés, who will now run into a bone, the Russian and fourth seed Daniil Medvedev." He is one of the candidates to win the tournament, but I am happy to be in the second round . Now I have to prepare the game and give it my all, because I won't have any option if I don't do my best tennis. I will play looser than today, I will have to be more aggressive and look for the tickles, "he said about what awaits him.

Who could not advance was Mario Vilella, who will not keep very good memories of his debut in the Grand Slams, since he had to withdraw in the fourth set due to some discomfort in the lumbar area when he lost against the Czech Machac 6-7 (5 ), 7-5, 6-0 and 3-0 after 2h: 32 of play. Until the second set, the Spaniard stood up, but later, perhaps due to lack of habit of playing best-of-five games, he could not continue competing on equal terms.

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