Photo: Veljko Martinović


Nino Serdarušić (ATP 303) took care of the only Croatian victory at the ATP Challenger Split Open on Monday, playing a great match against No 5 seed Kimmer Coppejans (ATP 175).



Nino Serdarušić took care of the only Croatian victory at the ATP Challenger Split Open on Monday. He defeated the favoured rival and former junior winner Roland Garros with 6:3, 6:4 without a lost serve. Having made two tied double faults in that game, it was not easy to serve for the win, but he brought the match to an end with two aces in a row.

- I felt great. I served well and was aggressive all the time, which I should do in every match. It's nice to defeat a player who plays so good on clay such as Coppejans. I know that I can play at this level and I am sure that I will return to where I was two years ago. This victory will come in handy for self-confidence - said the 24-year-old from Zagreb after only his third victory of the year.


With the invitation of the organizers, Serdarušić will go to the Swede Elias Ymer (ATP 207) in the second round, who defeated the Frenchman Alexandre Muller 7:5, 6:4. Interestingly, Ymer and Muller were drawn by the draw of the Split tournament in the first round last week. Ymer was then successful in two sets as well.


In today's matches of the first round, we lost the No 4 seed Safwat, the No 7 seed Filip Horansky won over Dustin Brown, as well as Joao Domingues from Portugal and the Turkish Cem Ilkel led by our Ivica Ančić.


The single is expected to feature the No 1 seed Gregoire Barrere, an interesting clash between qualifier Zdenek Kolar and No 2 seed Marc Polmans, and especially the appearance of the No 3 seed Hugo Gaston, a young Frenchman who knocked out Stan Wawrinka on last year's Roland Garros and played five sets with Dominic Thiem.



Serdarušić (Hrv, WC) – Coppejans (Bel, 5) 6:3, 6:4
Kokkinakis (Aus, PR) – Ajduković (Hrv, WC) 6:4, 5:7, 6:3
Horansky (Svk, 7) – Brown (Nje, PR) 7:5, 6:2
E. Ymer (Šve) – Muller (Fra) 7:5, 6:4
Bourgue (Fra) – Safwat (Egi, 4) 3:6, 6:2, 6:4
Ilkel (Tur) – Couacaud (Fra) 6:2, 7:6 (4)
Domingues (Por) – Bolt (Aus) 6:1, 6:3
2nd qualifying round
Bašić (Bih) – Collarini (Arg, 1) 1:6, 6:3, 6:3
Žuk (Polj, 2) – Lamasine (Fra, 7) 7:6 (4), 6:4
Kolar (Češ, 3) – Viola (Ita, 6) 6:2, 6:4
Klein (Svk, 8) – Barun (Hrv, WC) 6:1, 6:4


Schedule for Tuesday, April 13th
Center court (from 10:30 am)
Diez (Kan, 8) – Marterer (Nje)
Klein (Svk, Q) – Gaston (Fra, 3)
Masur (Nje) – Halys (Fra)
Barrere (Fra, 1) – Cachin (Arg, SE)
Drzewiecki/Masur (Polj/Nje) – Ajduković/Ninčević (Cro, WC)
Court 3 (from 10:30 am)
Kekez (Hrv, WC) – Vukić (Aus)
Žuk (Polj, Q) – Rosol (Češ)
Collarini (Arg, LL) – Giustino (Ita, 6)
Kolar/Rosol (Češ) – Margaroli/Shamasdin (Švi/Kan)
Court 4 (from 10:30 am)
Kolar (Češ, Q) – Polmans (Aus, 2)
Bašić (BiH, Q) – Istomin (Uzb)
Gojo/Serdarušić (Cro, WC) – Golubev/Nedovjesov (Kaz, 2)
Walkow/Zielinski (Polj) – Raja/Weissborn (Ind/Aut, 4)