Alex Molcan saved all six break factors he confronted to defeat seventh seed Miomir Kecmanovic 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday on the Mallorca Championships, making certain Day 1 of the ATP 250 occasion began with an upset within the Balearic Islands.
Slovakia’s Molcan broke within the last recreation of every set to safe his first tour-level win on grass in his second occasion on the floor. The 24-year-old fired 41 winners within the one-hour, 26-minute victory.
The World No. 45 reached the third spherical of qualifying at Wimbledon in 2021 and is ready to make his main-draw debut on the London lawns subsequent week. Since final yr’s Wimbledon, he has made successful debuts at every of the opposite three Grand Slams, together with a third-round run on the 2021 US Open.
Molcan awaits Tallon Griekspoor of The Netherlands or Spanish wild card Feliciano Lopez within the second spherical. He’s searching for his first ATP Tour title after reaching three finals previously 13 months, together with this yr in Marrakech and Lyon.
Each Karatsev and McDonald battled again to win after dropping the opening set of their respective matchups. Karatsev closed the day’s play with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 outcome towards dwelling favorite Jaume Munar. After incomes an early break to guide 2-1 within the last set, the 28-year-old fought off two break factors in every of his subsequent two service video games earlier than sealing the match together with his fourth break of the competition.
McDonald was a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 winner towards Joao Sousa. The American escaped a 0/40 gap within the opening recreation of the second set and didn’t face one other break level the remainder of the best way.