A great Ramos takes out his thorn against Fritz with a comeback

The Spanish defeated the American in three sets, whom he had not managed to beat on hard court so far. He will face Berrettini in the second round.


Albert Ramos survived a long and difficult day in Cincinnati this Monday, due to the rain, and a no less difficult, Taylor Fritz, who had beaten him twice on hard court, the last one at the last Australian Open. The 33-year-old Spaniard and current number 49th in the world pulled out his thorn in a surface that is not as favorable for him as the land where he beat the American a few months ago, at the Masters 1,000 in Madrid. He also came back to win 4-6, 6-4 and 6-4 in two hours and 15 minutes of a game that was extended due to bad weather. Incidentally, Ramos brushed off the bad taste of losing to Marin Cilic in Toronto's first round last week.

It will not be easy for him to overcome the second at the Western & Southern Open, which he has reached for the second time in six participations, because he will play on Wednesday against Matteo Berrettini, fifth seed. But that will be another story. His victory against Fritz had its foundations in good tennis, even in the first set, which escaped him due to small details when he played better than his opponent. Little by little, that superiority gave him revenues and three breaks that placed him in a position to take the victory before the stoppage due to rainfall in the city of the state of Ohio.It was his turn to finish the job cold, start over. And he did it without too many problems against a Fritz who was of little use by the unconditional support of the local public because he failed more than necessary (38 unforced errors) and could not cut the difference in a third set that he had on track with a 2- 0 output.

With no big surprises

As for the rest of the day, among others, the Italian Jannik Sinner, with a clear victory against Delbonis (6-2 and 7-5), his compatriot Fabio Fognini, who submitted Basilashvili (7-6 (3) and 6-3), and Koepfer, who could with his countryman Struff (7-6 (2), 5-7 and 6-3) and will be Pablo Carreño's first rival.

The Argentine Diego Schwartzman (6-2, 4-6 and 6-3 to Daniel Evans), the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (7-6 (0) and 6-3 to Marton Fucsovics), the Australian Alex de Miñaur (0-6, 6-4 and 6-4 against Filip Krajinovic), British Andy Murray (double 6-4 to Richard Gasquet) and American Mackenzie McDonald, who will be Daniil Medvedev's first rival after winning Brandon Nakashima 7-5 and 6-2.

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