With comebacks, Fognini and Goffin beat the quali in Morocco

With comebacks, Fognini and Goffin beat the quali in Morocco
With comebacks, Fognini and Goffin beat the quali in Morocco

Marrakech (Morocco) – With no player in the top 30 rankings, the ATP 250 in Marrakech was reinforced by two former top 10 players. Currently in the modest 100th and 102nd positions, respectively, the Italian Fabio Fognini and the Belgian David Goffin secured a place in the bracket main event of the tournament played on Moroccan clay after skipping the qualifier.

Top seed in the preliminary round, the 36-year-old Italian was required in both qualifying matches, going to the third set against Frenchman Mathias Bourgue and Austrian Lucas Miedler. In this Monday’s duel, the former world number 9 came from behind, but managed to turn things around, scoring 3/6, 6/3 and 6/2.

His debut in the main draw will be against Frenchman Hugo Gaston, currently ranked 89th and whom he has never faced in his career. Whoever wins will next face Serbian Laslo Djere, 34th in the rankings and main favorite for the competition title. At 36 years old, Fognini is competing in the event for the fifth time in his career, having reached the quarterfinals in 2011, when the tournament was still played in Casablanca. His last participation was in 2019, in Marrakech, and he stopped in the first round.

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Also back in Morocco is David Goffin, champion in 2022. Second in qualifying, he got past Frenchman Calvin Hemery in his debut and German Benjamin Hassan in the final round. In this Monday’s match, the former top 7 player also had to react and even saved a match point in the tiebreak of the second set, before closing the game with a score of 2/6, 7/6 (10-8) and 6/3.

Just like Fognini, the Belgian’s debut will be against a Frenchman, in this case the 81st placed in the rankings, Arthur Rinderknech, also in an unprecedented duel on the circuit. In addition to winning the title two years ago, Goffin also competed in the event in 2014, when he had to play in the qualifiers and ended up defeated in the main draw debut.

Two other players who passed the current edition’s qualification and are guaranteed to participate in the tournament are the North American Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, 157th in the world and who defeated the Frenchman Gregoire Barrere by 7/6 (8-6) and 7/6 (7). -5), and also Italian Matteo Gigante, 145th in the ATP, who eliminated German Rudolf Molleker by scores of 7/6 (7-5), 0/6 and 7/6 (7-4). Alboran will face Argentine Facundo Diaz Acosta in his debut, while Gigante will face the current champion, Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.

Munar and Kotov advance to the second round
As for the main draw, the competition also had its first games this Monday. Spaniard Jaume Munar beat Frenchman Luca van Assche 7/6 (7-3) and 6/2, while Russian Pavel Kotov defeated host Elliot Benchetrit with 7/5 and 6/3. Still today, Argentine Mariano Navone, runner-up at the Rio Open in February, faces Tunisian Aziz Dougaz.

The ATP 250 in Marrakech also features big names such as the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, 2010 champion in Casablanca, the Italians Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Sonego, the British Daniel Evans and the Austrian Sebastian Ofner.

The article is in Portuguese

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