Valencian derby on a first day with seven Spaniards

Valencian derby on a first day with seven Spaniards

Roberto Bautista and Mario Vilella face each other this Sunday on the first day of Roland Garros. A derby of the Valencian community which will take place in the second turn of court 7 (around 1:00 p.m., Eurosport) between the Castellón, number 11 in the world, and the Elche, 182, who got into the main draw of the tournament after winning the three games of the previous one. They will be two of the seven Spaniards (there are 20 in the tournament) that will debut at the premiere of the 120th edition of the French Grand Slam. They have never clashed. “After Rome we have had time to prepare this important event at home. We arrived feeling good and looking forward to returning to compete here in Paris, in one of the most important tournaments on the circuit ”, says Pepe Vendrell, Bautista’s coach. “I will give everything. He will try to do his best, declared Vilella in Copa Elche.

Before, from 11:00, Paula Badosa and Pablo Carreño will compete. The Catalan, seeded number 32 after the loss of the 27th, Alison Riske, will begin a journey that appears exciting after the title he won in Belgrade, against another American, Lauren Davis (27 years and 86th), a rival with whom he has never met. The man from Gijón, 12th in the ranking, will face the Slovakian Norbert Gombos (30th and 87th), with whom he has an even balance (1-1) in the two games they played in 2020, both on hard court.

Around 1pm, Pablo Andújar will face one of the great favorites, Austrian Dominic Thiem (27th and 4th), who beat him in his three previous crosses, always on clay. The Cuenca player comes from giving the bell in Geneva against Roger Federer. Towards the end of the day, Alejandro Davidovich and Carlos Taberner will perform. The man from Malaga will face off against the 33-year-old Kazakh veteran and 105th in the standings, Mikhail Kukushkin, in another unprecedented duel. And the Valencian, who only lost six games in the three games of the qualy, will try to advance in his second participation in the tournament against the Russian, also from the previous one like him, Roman Safiulin (23 and 181º). They have never seen each other in an ATP match.

Roland Garros calendars: ATP and WTA.

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