Barcelona, April 19: Spanish qualifier Carlos Taberner made good use of the local conditions to earn the biggest win of his season at the Barcelona Open on Tuesday, beating World No. 37 Sebastian Korda 6-3, 6-0 for his second win. ATP 500.
The World No. 94, making his Barcelona debut, won 100 per cent (8/8) of second serve points in his first-round clash against Korda and saved the only break point he faced to triumph. after 67 minutes in front of his home crowd.
The 24-year-old will next face third seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round. The Canadian will try to lift his second trophy of the season this week, after capturing the crown in Rotterdam in February.
South African Lloyd Harris booked his place in the second round with a 6-4, 7-6(0) win over Roberto Carballes Baena, according to a report on the ATP Tour website.
The World No. 40 lost in the first round at the Monte-Carlo Masters last week in his first clay match of the year, but responded with a consistent display to set up a meeting with Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Marton Fucosvics, who beat Harris in Monte Carlo, eliminated Australian Jordan Thompson 6-4, 6-2, while Emil Ruusuvuori defeated former World No. 12 Feliciano Lopez 6-0, 6-1.