Estoril Open 2022 day 1 roundup: Frances Tiafoe, Soonwoo Kwon advance to round of 16

The most eye-catching fixture of all on the opening day was the one between Dusan Lajovic and fifth seed Frances Tiafoe.

Frances Tiafoe in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/ Citi Open)

Day 1 of the 2022 Estoril Open might have been a fairly quiet encounter but there was still some exquisite tennis on display. Stars like Frances Tiafoe, Benoit Paire, Soonwoo Kwon and Dusan Lajovic were in action and they did serve up a treat for those in attendance. The most eye-catching fixture of all on the opening day was the one between Lajovic and fifth seed Tiafoe. It was the only match that went on for three sets. The scoreline at the end of the tie was 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the American’s favour. Lajovic did make a strong impression in the first set and seemed likely to advance to the next round. However, Tiafoe rallied in the second set and absolutely dominated in the third to not only win the match but also send a statement to the other competitors in the contest.

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Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon was in action against Frenchman Benoit Paire and it was the former who recorded a hard-fought victory. The scoreline at the end of the tie was 6-4, 7-5 in Kwon’s favour. After losing the first set, Paire seemed determined to get the scores level in the second. However, Kwon persisted in his opponent’s offensive and prevailed. It was a display of perseverance from the Korean who will proud of his performance on the day.

Federico Coria’s form doesn’t seem to improve

Spanish tennis player Bernabe Zapata Miralles secured a comfortable victory over Argentina’s Federico Coria to advance to the round of 16. The result itself might not have been a shock but the manner of Miralles victory was definitely unexpected. The Spaniard won the tie 6-4, 6-3 in what perhaps should have been more of a challenge for him. Coria has not been in the best of form so far this season and perhaps that played on his confidence on Monday as he failed to any kind of a significant impact on the match.

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The biggest upset of the day was arguably Pablo Andujar’s loss against Portugal’s Nuno Borges. It might have been a walkover victory but the way the match was going, the Spaniard would have lost anyway. Borges, who is playing on his him soil, played some exceptional tennis to win the first set against a much more experienced Andujar 6-4. The Portuguese was up 3-0 in the second set as well before his opponent decided to withdraw from the competition. He will face Tiafoe in the next round, which promises to be an interesting affair.

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