Leonardo Mayer books Barcelona Open clash against Rafael Nadal
Leonardo Mayer saw off the challenge of Marius Copil in the opening round of the Barcelona Open to set up a date with top seed Rafael Nadal in the next round.
The Argentine came through a tricky encounter against Copil, winning 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5 in more than two and a half hours.
The only break in the deciding set came right at the death with Mayer breaking to love in game 12 to earn a second-round clash against 11-time winner Nadal, who had a bye in the opening round.
Second seed Alexander Zverev will face lucky loser Nicolas Jarry after the Chilean beat Marcel Granollers 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 while the third-seeded Dominic Thiem faces a tricky encounter against Diego Schwartzman.
.@NicoJarry is PUMPED! 💪
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Argentine Schwartzman got the better of Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
In an all-Spanish encounter, Fernando Verdasco defeated wildcard Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-3 to set up a clash against 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov while Taylor Fritz won the all-American encounter when he defeated Reilly Opelka 6-3, 6-4.
In the final game of the day, Benoit Paire overcame Juan Ignacio Londero 7-5, 6-2.
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