Gianluca eliminated in the second round by the German 6-2 6-2. Carreno Busta and Paire advance. Coria, who had beaten Musetti, out with lucky loser Herbert
The Italian transfer to Winston Salem (North Carolina) ends with the defeat of Gianluca Mager, the last ATP tournament before the United States Open. The blue was eliminated in the second round by the German Jan-Lennard Struff who ended up winning in just 59 minutes for 6-2 6-2. An uphill game for Mager: on 2 equal Gianluca goes into trouble, slips below 0-40, cancels the first two break points (the second with an ace), but on the third capitulates and the German climbs 3-2 and serves. The situation is repeated at 4-2 for the German: Mager is still very foul, he sinks at 0-40 and, after saving the first break point, he gives up the serve for the second time. The situation is critical, under 5-2, Mager does not have the strength to put Struff in difficulty who closes the first fraction 6-2 in just 27 minutes of play.
But even in the second set the balance doesn’t last long. Struff does not concede anything, is merciless in the service and responds very aggressively. He breaks the joke from the blue, confirms the break for the 4-2 and then settles a new break for the 5-2. Here Mager cancels the first match point and then gets the first break point of the match. But he can’t convert it to get back into the game. Two more match points saved by Mager, but on the fourth occasion the blue capitulates when the match is about to reach the end of the first hour of play. On Mager’s abacus, 6 aces, 2 double faults, just 50% of the first, 55% of the first and 4 breaks suffered. On that of the German 9 aces, 6 double fouls, 52% of primes with a realization of 83% and a break point conceded and canceled. Also forward Pablo Carreno Busta who eliminated Soonwoo Kwon 6-3 3-6 6-4. Benoit Paire also did well, winning 6-3 6-3 in the French derby against veteran Gilles Simon. On the other hand Federico Coria who yesterday ousted our Lorenzo Musetti. The Argentine was eliminated by lucky loser Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-2.
August 24, 2021 (change August 24, 2021 | 23:28)
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