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Verdasco, Fernando

18.01.2020 - 10:57 Uhr

Ten remaining qualifying spots were up for grabs on Saturday at the Australian Open and Dennis Novak wasted no time securing his place in the main draw. The top-seeded Austrian battled past Japanese Hiroki Moriya 7-6(5), 6-2 for his second main draw appearance in Melbourne.Mohamed Safwat became the first Egyptian player in 24 years to qualify for a Grand Slam by defeating sixth-seeded Russian Evgeny Donskoy 7-5, 6-4. Four players also enjoyed the milestone moment of reaching their first Grand Slam main draw: Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan, Dutch Tallon Griekspoor, Chilean Alejandro Tabilo and Spaniard Mario Vilella Martinez.Three players received lucky loser spots into the main draw due to withdrawals: Slovakian Jozef Kovalik, Russian Evgeny Donskoy and Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran. Kovalik and Gunneswaran lost their final-round qualifying matches on Friday.The 16 qualifiers and three lucky losers were all placed into the main draw on Saturday.Qualifier & Lucky Loser Placements(Q) Mario Vilella Martinez (ESP) v. (16) Karen Khachanov (RUS)(Q) Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v. (20) Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)(Q) Tallon Griekspoor (NED) v. (29) Taylor Fritz (USA)(Q) Christopher Eubanks (USA) v. (Q) Peter Gojowczyk (GER)(Q) Alejandro Tabilo (CHI) v. (Q)Daniel Elahi Galan (COL)(Q) Ilya Ivashka (BLR) v. Kevin Anderson (RSA)(Q) Pedro Martinez (ESP) v. Dominik Koepfer (GER)(Q) Elliot Benchetrit (FRA) v. Yuichi Sugita (JPN)(Q) Marco Trungelliti (ARG) v. Tennys Sandgren (USA)(Q) Mohamed Safwat (EGY) v. Gregoire Barrere (FRA)(Q) Max Purcell (AUS) v. Jannik Sinner (ITA)(Q) Dennis Novak (AUT) v. Hubert Hurkacz (POL)(Q) Quentin Halys (FRA) v. Filip Krajinovic (SRB)(Q) Norbert Gombos (SVK) v. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)(LL) Jozef Kovalik (SVK) v. (27) Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)(LL) Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)(LL) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) v. Tatsuma Ito (JPN)

06.01.2020 - 18:43 Uhr

Alexander Bublik marked his Qatar ExxonMobil Open debut with a notable victory on Monday, defeating seventh seed Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round.The 22-year-old landed 10 aces and broke Mannarino on three occasions at the 2019 ATP 250 Tournament of the Year. Bublik enters the 2020 ATP Tour season after a breakout campaign last year, highlighted by runner-up finishes at the Hall of Fame Open and the Chengdu Open.[WATCH LIVE 4]The Kazakh will face Aljaz Bedene for a spot in the quarter-finals, following the Slovenian’s 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 comeback win against 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Mikael Ymer.Fernando Verdasco needed 89 minutes to book his place in the second round, battling past fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-3. The 2017 semi-finalist will meet sixth seed Filip Krajinovic or Kyle Edmund in the second round.“I'm happy with the way that I played,” said Verdasco. “I still think that I can play a little bit better… But in general, I'm happy with the way that I played the whole match.”Corentin Moutet also started his 2020 ATP Tour season with a win, saving each of the seven break points he faced to move past Tennys Sandgren 7-6(3), 6-4. Moutet advances to a second-round clash against fourth seed Milos Raonic.

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