Granollers beats Matosevic in 1st round of Barcelona Open
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Marc Granollers of Spain eased past Marinko Matosevic of Bosnia 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Barcelona Open on Monday.
Granollers will play sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the next round, and said he would need to play “his best version to stand a chance” against the Frenchman.
In a late match, Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia made fewer errors throughout to beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 7-5, 6-4, clinching the win with a powerful forehand passing shot.
Gabashvili takes on defending champion and top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan in the second round.
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal will play either Paolo Lorenzi of Italy or countryman Nicolas Almagro on Wednesday.
Pablo Andujar of Spain and France’s Benoit Paire were among other first-round winners on Monday.