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ATP roundup: Alex Molcan upsets Pablo Carreno Busta at Hamburg

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Alex Molcan of Slovakia hits a shot against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Molcan rallied in the third set on Wednesday to post a 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5) victory over fourth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain to reach the quarterfinals of the Hamburg European Open.

The Slovakian trailed 3-1 in the third set before recovering to win the match. Carreno Busta, the defending champion, had 13 aces in defeat.

Molcan next faces Croatia’s Borna Coric, who notched a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands.

In other second-round matches, Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik and Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti defeated Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 7-5. In first-round action, second-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev defeated Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4.

Swiss Open

Jaume Munar of Spain defeated Alexander Ritschard of Switzerland 6-3, 6-3 in the second round in the lone match completed amid rainy conditions at Gstaad.

Top-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway and Dominic Thiem of Austria were among the players who had their matches pushed back a day. Third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain was almost eliminated before play was stopped but saved a match point. Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas leads the match 7-6 (3), 6-5.

–Field Level Media