Caruso Qualifies On Perfect Day For Italy
Salvatore Caruso led a quartet of Italian men into the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters main draw on Sunday.
The 28-year-old, who trailed 2-4 in the first set, converted five of his nine break points to move past Bernard Tomic 7-6(2), 6-0 in 74 minutes. Caruso’s countrymen Stefano Travaglia, Marco Cecchinato and Thomas Fabbiano completed a 4-0 sweep for Italian qualifying hopefuls on Sunday.
Travaglia overcame Kamil Majchrzak 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to qualify in Monte-Carlo for the first time. Cecchinato advanced with a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland, while Fabbiano beat Joao Sousa 7-5, 6-4
Germany’s Dominik Koepfer earned his second straight-sets win in as many days to reach the main draw. The top seed broke Juan Ignacio Londero’s serve on five occasions en route to a 6-1, 6-3 victory on Court Des Princes.
Singapore champion Alexei Popyrin recovered from a set down to defeat Yannick Hanfmann 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Aussie saved all three break points he faced in the final set to advance after one hour and 43 minutes. Federico Delbonis also complete a comeback win to reach the main draw. The Argentine outlasted Pedro Martinez 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.