While Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeated Tennys Sandgren in the first round of qualifying for the Masters 1000 in Madrid, today’s performance is for Arthur Cazaux. The 603rd player in the world got the better of Sebastian Korda.
If there are currently four, the French players could be two more in the Madrid Masters 1000 main draw. Indeed, the two Habs entered in the qualifying table, which distributes seven tickets in two rounds, are only one success away from obtaining one. First of all, Pierre-Hugues Herbert did not give Tennys Sandgren a chance, seeded number 4 in these qualifications. Eliminated in the round of 16 in Estoril, the 86th player in the world wasted no time before bouncing back. With the break very early in the first set, the Frenchman thought he was safe but the American came back up to speed in the seventh game.
In the process, Pierre-Hugues Herbert once again broke before concluding the set in service. Taking Tennys Sandgren’s throw-in again at the start of the second set, the Habs were not worried, even offering themselves a double advantage at the end of the fifth game. It is on a shutout that the 86th player in the world wins (6-3, 6-2 in 1h13 ‘) with a duel against Gianluca Mager for a place in the main draw. If the victory of Pierre-Hugues Herbert is not a surprise in itself, this is the case for Arthur Cazaux, who benefits from an invitation from the organizers to take part in these qualifications.
Opposed to the 65th world player Sebastian Korda, the 603rd world player ended up having the last word, he who remained on two dry defeats on the ATP circuit during the qualifications of the Masters 1000 of Paris-Bercy last year and the Marseille tournament this year. year. Very early in the first round, the Frenchman took the service of his opponent but the latter glued together in the seventh game. Without trembling, Arthur Cazaux perfectly approached the decisive game to win the first round. As at the start of the match, the Habs took the service of their opponent from the first game but Sebastian Korda once again found the resources to return to two games everywhere. But this time, Arthur Cazaux regained the advantage in the seventh game, dismissing a break point before concluding the game on his service on his fourth match point (7-6, 6-4 in 1h28 ‘). Alexei Popyrin, seeded number 10 in qualifying, will be his opponent on the way to the main draw.