Feliciano López and Munar say goodbye to Winston-Salem

Feliciano Lopez returns a ball during his match against Lucas Pouille at the Winston-Salem Open at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Bad day for the Spanish tennis players who have competed this Monday in the Winston-Salem tournament, the last one prior to the US Open dispute from next Monday, after the defeats suffered by Feliciano López and Jaume Munar.

López could not with the French Lucas Pouille, coming from the previous phase, which beat him 6-1 and 6-4 in one hour and 10 minutes. The Frenchman was intractable on serve and did not allow ‘Feli’ to achieve any of the four break balls he had, while the French did manage three breaks that were decisive. In the next round, Pouille will face Britain’s Daniel Evans, third seed.

Nor did things go well for Jaume Munar, who fell in three sets against the Japanese Yosuke Watanuki 3-6, 6-3 and 6-0. The Spanish went from more to less and could only take advantage of one of the seven break balls that he had before a Watanuki who managed to overcome and that in the third sleeve did not give the Mallorcan any options. In the second round Watanuki will face the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, fourth seed.

On the other hand, two of the Spanish tennis players who debut this Tuesday in the tournament already know their rivals. Asturian Pablo Carreño, the first favorite, will make his debut against South Korean Soonwoo Kwon, while Carlos Alcaraz will face Australian Alexei Popyrin. Albert Ramos will also make his debut this Tuesday, who will face the Swede Mikael Ymer. For their part, Richard Gasquet and Dominik Koepfer are already in the round of 16 after beating Egor Gerasimov (7-6 (4) and 7-6 (6), and Marco Cecchinato (5-7, 6-4 and 6-4) respectively.

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