Carreño survives 36 aces

Pablo Carreño reached the third round for the fifth consecutive year after beating Czech gunner Jiri Vesely with patience and much merit. Dimitrov, next rival.


Pablo Carreño had to arm himself with patience and intuition to overcome a match that was first controlled and then dangerously complicated against Jiri Vesely, a 27-year-old Czech and 68th in the world who placed 63 winners, 36 of them from direct service. The Asturian managed to survive that rain of aces to win in four sets (6-3, 7-6 (3), 2-6 and 6-4 in 2:33) and gets into the third round of the Australian Open for fifth time in a row. There he will meet the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Friday.

A Carreño did not lack aggressiveness or precision (he only made 22 unforced errors), but in most of the games the rest he could not do much to counteract services more than 200 km / h from his opponent (the fastest traveled to 217). Even so, with skill Pablo was able to win 15 points against first and punish whenever he could the second of his rival. Thus he broke his serve twice in decisive moments of the first and fourth sets, breaks that were the key to his victory. In the fourth set he added the just break for 6-4 and his shout of celebration was heard in Canberra. It was no wonder after enduring such tension with resignation and some helplessness on a very fast track.

"It was a very difficult match. Jiri plays very well, serves amazing and doesn't give you much. It was not easy to concentrate all the time on doing my things. Of course in the first set it was easier. The conditions at the beginning of the match I think they were better for me with the sun. The ball bounces more than at the end of the game, "explained Carreño.

Dimitrov, his next rival

Pablo Carreño will fight for a place in the round of 16 of the tournament against Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian, eighteenth seed, is already in the third round of the Australian Open after beating Australian Alex Bolt 7-6 (1), 6-1 and 6-2 after 1 hour and 50 minutes of play. Dimitrov was very strong with his serve against a Bolt who managed to hold the rhythm in the first round to force the tie-break but who was weighed down by 45 unforced errors.

No rhythm

"He kept serving 210, 215 and doing a lot of aces all the time. But I had two break points that I took advantage of to win the game," he added. "I was not expecting a game with such a low rhythm and that makes you a little desperate. Fortunately, from the bottom I was hurting him more. At night, that game was complicated because those balls did not escape. The game got very ugly. ", said. "I am not satisfied with anything, I do not think about that, only about winning. If I give my level, I will have options for sure," he concluded.

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