Matosevic opens with win in Barcelona
Marinko Matosevic has scored an impressive straight sets win over Portugal's Joao Sousa on Monday in the first round of the red clay ATP Barcelona Open.
Marinko Matosevic has scored an impressive straight sets win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa on Monday in the first round of the red clay ATP Barcelona Open.
On a surface not considered his favourite, Matosevic brushed aside the 40th-ranked Sousa 6-3 6-2, a player ranked 30 places above him.
The one hour and 14-minute win sets up a second round meeting with No.5 seed Tommy Robredo.
The pair have a fairly even head-to-head record, with Robredo winning their last meeting – a second round match at Indian Wells – in three gruelling sets.
In three career meetings, the Spaniard leads the series 2-1.
Matosevic will be hoping the good form he displayed against Sousa in the opening round – demonstrated by four aces to no double faults, and winning more than three quarters of points on his first serve – will help him even the ledger against Robredo.