Top Seed, Cuevas, Haas Lose at ATP Bastad
by Staff | July 19th, 2017, 6:53 pm

No Top 15 players on the red dirt this week at the Skistar Swedish Open, where top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta is already out, on Wednesday retiring against Russian Andrey Kuznetsov with an abdominal strain trailing 4-6, 7-6(5), 3-0.
“The key was not to give up until the end,” said Kuznetsov, who broke Carreno Busta when he served for the match. “I felt that I played during the whole match, in the first and second sets I had 14 break point chances, but converted only one. In the end I played well in the tiebreak, then I saw in the third set he couldn’t move or serve that well.”

Other seeds are Albert Ramos Vinolas, Pablo Cuevas, Karen Khachanov, Fernando Verdasco, Diego Schwartzman, David Ferrer and Horacio Zeballos.

The No. 3-seeded Cuevas was also upset Wednesday, falling to Swiss Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 6-3.

“I had to stay aggressive as he is one of the best players on clay,” said Laaksonen. “I’m really happy to win today. I had to go and try to win it.”

Safely into the third round were the No. 7 Schwartzman defeating Renzo Olivo 6-4, 6-1, and the No. 8 Ferrer grinding down Dustin Brown 6-2, 6-3.

Wildcards for the tournament went to former world No. 2 Tommy Haas and Swedes Elias and Mikael Ymer. Haas lost his opener to Argentine Facundo Bagnis 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2. Elias Ymer lost to the two-time finalist Verdasco 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“I could have been more aggressive but I really felt I played with all my heart,” Ymer said. “I had a lot of energy going into the third set and that is a great feeling, when you know you can play every point with a great mindset and intensity.”

Withdrawing from the event were Nicolas Almagro, Jeremy Chardy, Steve Darcis, Richard Gasquet and Viktor Troicki. Ramos-Vinolas beat Verdasco in last year’s final.

Thursday’s highlights in Bastad include the No. 5 Khachanov vs. the unpredictable Ernests Gulbis, and the No. 9 Zeballos vs. Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov.

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9 Comments for Top Seed, Cuevas, Haas Lose at ATP Bastad

J-Kath Says:

Hi Everyone:

And so it starts….the next GS with it’s entry list.

AndyMira Says:

@JK…I hope Andy will go deep at USO despite his ailing hip and everything…Wish him all the best for the NA HC swing…

Margot Says:

AM: Don’t know, in spite of list, if Andy will even compete. All quiet on hip news.

Willow Says:

Will Andy or Novak even play anymore tennis this year thats the question ? ….

J-Kath Says:

AM: It would be great if he did well…unfortunately can only do that if he gets over hip damage. He returned to Switzerland to see a second specialist….(mustn’t have liked what he heard from the first).

AndyMira Says:

M & JK…Yeah..there’s a possibility that Andy will not participate in USO[much depend on his further test i think]…but when i see his name still on the list this morning,…i can’t help but hoping…His performance at RG still fresh in my mind…what can i say gals!

J-Kath Says:

AM: I think we are all unanimous – Alas, we don’t know what to say.

Willow: Re. Roger’s shirt – Agreed – each to his own. You want to see the hat I’ve bought (from Singapore) – the transport cost was almost as much as the hat…I’m now secretly hoping it won’t fit. It’s a pity I wasn’t born with a bit more sense. Sigh, sigh…(is for nephew’s wedding 5th Aug.).

Michael Says:

Roger has said that having won already two majors this year, his winning the US open would be a big joke. But then Roger has the momentum, flourish, and confidence to enact that big joke with little competition in sight with the exception of Rafa and an ailing Novak and Andy. What he is doing at almost 36 is exceptional and he has enunciated by this superlative performance that age is merely a number and what is lost out by speed and agility can be gained in the form of experience, fortitude and wisdom with an attitude of having nothing to lose and everything to gain. No. 20 is not too far away.

RZ Says:

Tommy Haas could very well retire with his last match win being against Federer on grass.

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