Spain’s Montanes, Granollers advance in Kitzbuehel
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Seeded Spanish players Albert Montanes and Marcel Granollers won in straight sets to reach the second round of the bet-at-home Cup on Monday.
The only seeded players in action on the opening day, No. 7 Montanes served eight aces in defeating Adrian Ungur of Romania 6-4, 6-2, and No. 8 Granollers beat Mate Pavic of Croatia 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Granollers saved all six break points. He will next play Horacio Zeballos of Argentina, who beat Martin Fischer of Austria 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
Leonardo Mayer of Argentina defeated Kenny De Schepper of France 6-4, 6-4 to set up a second-round match against top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.
Dominic Thiem rallied from 4-1 down in the second set to beat Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-2, 7-5. It was the first ATP match this season for the 268th-ranked Thiem because of a viral illness. He will play fourth-seeded Jurgen Melzer in an all-Austrian clash.
Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain conceded only nine points on serve in routing Antonio Veic of Croatia 6-1, 6-3.
The top four seeded players have a bye in the opening round.