Grigor Dimitrov borders eighth seed Denis Shapovalov and reaches the last 16 at the Rotterdam Open
- Dimitrov sent Shapovalov to another early exit on Monday
- He organized a last 16 meeting with Felix Auger-Aliassime or Jan-Lennard Struff
- British number 1 Dan Evans claimed a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov defeated Canadian eighth seed Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6 in a sloppy first round encounter at the Rotterdam Open on Monday.
World No. 22 admitted that he never reached the highest gear, but that didn’t stop him from setting up a final 16 meeting with the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime and the German Jan-Lennard Struff.
“There was not much rhythm,” said Dimitrov, who was beaten by Roger Federer in the 2018 final. “There were not too many rallies, but I could keep control.
Grigor Dimitrov came through a scrappy first round meeting at the Rotterdam Open
“I was calm at the important moments and came on the net when I had to.”
Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta survived three-set marathons in their respective first round encounters to set up a full-Spanish final-16 collision.
Bautista Agut returned from a set-down to defeat the Hungarian qualification Marton Fucsovics with 4-6, 7-6, 6-1. Fucsovics was close to claiming the biggest win of his career in the second set before Bautista Agut forced a tiebreak.
The third set was just sailing for the Spaniard and a double error at 5-1 gave Bautista Agut a second match point, which he converted with a cut backhand after a fascinating rally on the net.
Eighth seed Denis Shapovalov again had an early exit in Rotterdam on Monday
Fucsovics hit 40 winners, but the 41 casual errors proved to be his downfall.
“The next round will be a Spanish round against Pablo,” said Bautista Agut after the win. “Hopefully one of us can take the title.”
In the other meeting, Carreno Busta needed two hours and 45 minutes to send the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and won 7-5, 6-7, 6-4.
Mannarino fired 12 aces, but he was stubborn with his second serve, while Carreno Busta, who had 17 chances to break the serve, managed to do this only four times.
At the match point in the third, a 20-shot rally was ended by Carreno Busta when he fired a forehand winner to continue and set up a final-16 collision with his countryman, who has met him twice in three encounters reports.
The British number 1 Dan Evans claimed a 6-3, 7-5 victory over the German Philipp Kohlschreiber.