Masarova, Federer's countrywoman who plays for Spain, explodes

The Spaniard born in Basel, like Federer, and who represents the Navy since 2018, defeated the Romanian Bogdan in a duel with three tiebreaks. It debuted in Grand Slams.


Rebeka Masarova gave the surprise in the longest and most exciting match of the women's team on the first day of the US Open. Born 22 years ago to a Slovak father and a Spanish mother in Basel, the city where they also gave birth to Roger Federer, she was a junior champion at Roland Garros in 2016 representing Switzerland. But since 2018 he has trained in Barcelona, under Pipo Maresma, and plays for Spain. This Monday she exploited all her potential as a great server and powerful player (measuring 1.86) to beat the experienced Romanian Ana Bogdan (28 years old and 102nd) in three exciting tiebreakers by 6-7 (9), 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (9) in three hours and 40 minutes.

Masarova's was one of the great stories of the day, and her adventure will continue on Wednesday against a posh rival, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. Rebeka could not suppress either the emotion or the tears for a triumph that gives her a boost that could be definitive to her career, because at this time she had had to score points from the depths of the ITF circuit to reach the preview of the New York tournament and stand for the first time and at the first attempt in the main draw of a Grand Slam.

His debut could not have been better, although it is true that he could have suffered less if he had known how to close a first set that he had dominated or take advantage of one of the two match balls he had with 5-4 in the third set. Although more could not be asked in a debut. He dispatched 12 aces with 71% of points won with firsts for a total of 52 winners and only 28 unforced errors in a long exchange game. His patience paid off but it also caused him some trouble against a Bogdan who defended and counterattacked very well.

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