French seed Julien Benneteau trounces his rival to enter round two of the Proton Malaysian Open – Tennis News
Seventh seed, Julien Benneteau from France, got the better of the Argentinean challenger, Carlos Berlocq, in straight sets at the Proton Malaysian Open 2012 on Tuesday. He juggled up a 7-6(2), 6-3 victory against the 29-year-old to power into the second
round at this ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour 250 Series event taking place in Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The French seed showed exceptional skills to outrun Berlocq in their second encounter at this indoor hard court event. He not only avenged his loss at the Roland Garros five years ago but also levelled the FedEx ATP Head 2 Head Series by 1-1 against the
world number 49.
Ranked 34th in the South African Airways ATP World Tour Rankings, Benneteau spilled fewer unforced errors and clobbered a higher first serve share of 76 per cent as opposed to their rival’s 52 per cent. He also amazingly marked 33 out of 44 points
on it and finished the match with 69 points.
Next in queue for Benneteau is the Australian challenger, Matthew Ebden, who crushed the Russian wild card entrant, Philip Davydenko, with a bagel to reach this spot.
The Spanish contender, Albert Ramos, also stole the limelight later that day. He overpowered the Austrian qualifier, Julian Knowle, with a breadstick to progress.
The South African-born Matthew Ebden also stole the limelight later that day. He barely sweated in the opening set and ultimately pulled out the victory in one hour and 17 minutes against Davydenko, who was playing his first tour-level match. Battling each
other for the first time, Ebden edged in the FedEx ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Head 2 Head Series by 1-0 against the world number 1066 and secured a place in the round of 16 at the Putra Stadium.