Ivan and Matej Sabanov are the only ones out of four Croatian couples to celebrate in the first round of the ATP Challenger Split Open, and we found out the first four quarterfinalists in the individual competition.
The rain, snow and strong wind that swept Split on Tuesday night affected the quality of the courts, so the employees from the organization in charge of maintaining the terrain had their hands full. Mostly in the Central Court, where Danilo Petrović complained that water was springing up in one place, so it needed to be taken care of. The program was a little more than an hour late, but Petrović's match with the German Maximilian Marterer didn't last long. He celebrated 6:1, 6:3 in 70 minutes of play.
- I did a good job tactically, and he did not play the best match. I also had six games in a row where I didn’t play well, so I understand him. This victory is important to me because I lack self-confidence - said Petrović (ATP 161), who did not have a single victory until his arrival in Split, and now he has scored two. He has been without a win since October last year when he achieved the result of his career by placing in the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Sardinia.
As the No 5 seed, the Serbian tennis player is the best ranked player who remained in the tournament.
- I hope it stays that way until the end of the week! - laughed Petrović who enjoys Split.
- I am glad to be in Split. I was here last year. I have a lot of friends, my girlfriend is with me, and when you have good people around you, everything is easier for you - concluded Petrović, who will face Argentine Andrea Collarini in the quarterfinals, the winner over qualifier Uladzimir Ignatik from Belarus, who had his fourth match in four days (2: 6, 6: 2, 6: 1). Collarini, who knocked out No 3 seed Sebastian Ofner in the first round, was born in New York and represented the United States between 2010 and 2012.
The other known pair of quarterfinals are Aleksandar Vukić and Blaž Kavčič. Vukić eliminated the No 7 seed Kimmer Coppejans with 2:6, 6:4, 6:4, while the qualifier Kavčič defeated the Swede Elias Ymer 4:6, 7:6 (7), 6:4 in the longest match of the tournament after three hours and 20 minutes of play. Ymer led 5:3 in the second set, had two match points in the tie break, and then 4:2 in the third set, but none of that was enough for him to win. The Slovenian veteran showed a huge heart, a firm head and turned everything around. On Sunday, at the start of the qualification against Božo Barun, he lost 4: 0, and now he is in the quarterfinals of the Split Open.
- Lately I have been losing matches after a match points, and today I was the one who turned it around. I didn’t know I was so physically fit and that I could run so much, haha. I have been fighting for every point, every ball and today it paid off for me - said the exhausted but happy hero, Kavčič, after the match.
In the doubles competition, only brothers Ivan and Matej Sabanov passed the first round of the Croatian combinations. They defeated Danilo Petrović and Mohamed Safwat 6:3, 7:5 and will play in the quarterfinals against other holders Alban Olivetti and Matt Reid.
Karlo Krolo and Luka Mikrut lost to No 1seed Andrej Golubev and Aleksandar Nedovjesov 6: 1, 6: 3, Duje Kekez and Mili Poljičak to No 4 seed Purava Raja and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn 6: 2, 6: 3, and Duje Ajduković and Marino Jakić from Zdenek Kolar and Lukaš Rosol 6: 4, 6: 1.
Thursday will be a playful day for Croatians. Te day will start on the Central Field at 11 am with Nino Serdarušić and Kacpera Žuka, then Duje Ajduković against Blaž Role, and the Sabanov brothers against Olivetti and Reid will play . We will also find out the remaining singles quarterfinalists and doubles semifinalists.
ATP CHALLENGER SPLIT OPEN, 2. round
Petrović (Srb, 5) – Marterer (Nje) 6:1, 6:3
Vukić (Aus) – Coppejans (Bel, 7) 2:6, 6:4, 6:4
Collarini (Arg) – Ignatik (Bje, Q) 2:6, 6:2, 6:1
Kavčič (Slo, Q) – E. Ymer (Šve) 4:6, 7:6 (7), 6:4
1. round doubles
I. Sabanov/M. Sabanov (Hrv) – Petrović/Safwat (Srb/Egi) 6:3, 7:5
Golubev/Nedovjesov (Kaz, 1) – Krolo/Mikrut (Hrv, WC) 6:1, 6:3
Raja/Weissborn (Ind/Aut, 4) – Kekez/Poljičak (Hrv, WC) 6:2, 6:3
Kolar/Rosol (Češ) – Ajduković/Jakić (Hrv, WC) 6:4, 6:1
Olivetti/Reid (Fra/Aus, 2) – Bolt/Polmans (Aus) 7:6 (4), 5:7, 11-9
Galloway/Lawson (SAD, 3) – Cerretani/Shamasdin (SAD/Kan) 7:6 (5), 7:5
Walkow/Zielinski (Polj) – Doumbia/Reboul (Fra) 6:3, 6:2
Brown/Margaroli (Nje/Švi) – Coppejans/Martos Gornes (Bel/Špa) 6:4, 6:2
Schedule for Thursday, April 8th
Center Court (from 11 am)
Žuk (Polj) – Serdarušić (Hrv, WC)
Rola (Slo, 6) – Ajduković (Hrv, WC)
I. Sabanov/M. Sabanov (Hrv) – Olivetti/Reid (Fra/Aus, 2)
3 Court (from 11 am)
Bašić (BiH, Q) – Haase (Niz)
Golubev/Nedovjesov (Kaz, 1) – Brown/Margaroli (Nje/Švi)
Raja/Weissborn (Ind/Aut, 4) – Kolar/Rosol (Češ)
4 Court (from 11 am)
Kolar (Češ, SE) – Kokkinakis (Aus, PR)
Walkow/Zielinski (Polj) – Galloway/Lawson (SAD, 3)